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Ocean Bridge participant Hannah Kosick holds colourful microplastics picked up on T’aalan Stl’ang. (Photo: Conner McDowell)

Environment

Canada to ban single-use plastics by 2021

Ban on plastic bags, cutlery, straws, stir sticks and more announced as part of federal government strategy to combat plastic pollution

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Ocean Plastics Lab

Environment

Touring exhibit drives home problem of ocean plastic

The interactive Ocean Plastics Lab is visiting Ottawa until Aug. 12

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Douglas Coupland vortex Vancouver Aquarium ocean plastic Haida Gwaii

People & Culture

Douglas Coupland on the dark side of plastic

The renowned Canadian artist and bestselling author discusses how his love of plastic morphed into an art exhibit about ocean pollution

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Three long-finned pilot whales swim in a cerulean blue sea

Environment

Canada announces ban on industrial activities in marine protected areas

Oil and gas extraction, mining, dumping among prohibited activities in ecologically sensitive areas set aside for conservation

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Wolf eel (anarrhichthys ocellatus) surrounded by brooding anemones, Race Rocks Ecological Reserve, Vancouver Island, B.C.

Places

Photos: The parks beneath the sea

A colourful look at the marine biodiversity of Canada’s west coast

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pollution

Environment

Bottled water found to contain microplastic contamination

“Luxury” water brands were among those with the highest amounts of plastic contamination, according to a new study

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Science & Tech

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Environment

Plastic is part of the carbon cycle and needs to be included in climate calculations

All the plastic that has ever been produced is part of the carbon cycle

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Ross in the Vancouver Aquarium Marine Science Centre analyzing water samples. Credit is: Steven Hargreaves

Environment

A marine mammal toxicologist weighs in on the microplastics crisis

Peter Ross, vice-president of research at Ocean Wise, explains his work on marine microplastic pollution and why we all have a role to play in combating it 

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Array of single-use plastics arranged by colour

Environment

11 Earth-friendly alternatives to common plastic items around the house

Want to cut down on household plastic waste? Start with these alternatives to everyday items in your kitchen and bathroom.

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Environment

Plastics news: No more single-use plastics, “super enzymes” and more

A roundup of all things plastics, including the items set to be banned in Canada by the end of 2021

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Christmas presents with brown paper wrapping

Environment

5 ways to cut down on plastic waste this holiday season

Wrapping paper, packaging, plastic plates and cutlery — it all adds up. Here are some easy ways to avoid a nightmare around Christmas. 

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A wall of colourful sponges and anemones in the American Bank Marine Protected Area

Environment

“Treasure of the Gulf of St. Lawrence” designated a Marine Protected Area

Canada’s newest Marine Protected Area, Banc-des-Américains (American Bank), protects 1,000 square kilometres of important marine habitat off Quebec’s Gaspé Peninsula

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Coral bleaching at Heron Island in the Great Barrier Reef, February 2016

Environment

Study finds marine heatwaves are becoming more frequent and intense

New Canadian research suggests marine ecosystems are quite literally in hot water as the global climate warms

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Environment

Fisheries Minister Jonathan Wilkinson on the future of Canada’s oceans

The new Minister of Fisheries, Oceans and the Canadian Coast Guard sits down with Canadian Geographic for an exclusive interview on a range of topics, from salmon to whales to ‘last ice’

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Sea lion swimming among a kelp forest

Environment

Kelp: The sustainable superfood coming soon to a plate near you

Kelp’s potential as a commercial crop is finally being recognized — and, as kelp forests vanish worldwide, so is its importance in coastal ecosystems 

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Ten years after the release of her seminal book Sea Sick, Alanna Mitchell again plumbs the depths of the latest research on the health of the world’s oceans — and comes up gasping

Environment

“There’s no coming back from this:” Why the global ocean crisis threatens us all

Ten years after the release of her seminal book Sea Sick, Alanna Mitchell again plumbs the depths of the latest research on the health of the world’s oceans — and comes up gasping

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Environment

Life on mountains in the sea

Two marine biologists offer a glimpse of life at the bottom of the ocean during 2018, 2019 and 2020 seamount expeditions 

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Map

Mapping

Magnetic maps helped 18th century mariners

How navigators kept track of an unseen force that could affect their course

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Mountains, sea ice in Nunavut's Sirmilik National Park

Places

Eight Canadian places that could become UNESCO World Heritage Sites

A look at the fascinating sites Parks Canada has proposed for UNESCO World Heritage Site designation

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Wildlife

Punctuation’s mark: Can we save the critically endangered North Atlantic right whale?

After a series of mass deaths in recent years, what can we do?

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A large female Greenland shark observed near the community of Arctic Bay, Nunavut

Wildlife

Caught on camera: Elusive Greenland sharks

Using cameras baited with squid, researchers were able to gather information about these ancient Arctic fish without taking any out of the water 

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Chart: This sea surface temperature anomaly chart created November 2 by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration shows an area of warmer-than-normal water off the coast of British Columbia, colloquially known as

Wildlife

Blob blamed for marine-life upheaval in Pacific

The blob isn’t consuming everything in its path — but it is having a notable impact on marine life in the region.

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Wildlife

Fisheries and species at risk acts failing, says study

Threatened and endangered marine fishes, which are in the most need of conservation measures, fare the worst under the Species at Risk Act and the Fisheries Act

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2019 Ocean Bridge youth on Lake Superior

Environment

Ocean Bridge Diaries: Talen Rimmer

On the shores of Lake Superior, I found solace in how close our country can become when we all share food together

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Science & Tech

Four innovative products that are helping to keep plastic out of the ocean

Some companies have been working to develop creative solutions to our global plastics problem

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A woman paddles a stand up paddleboard in the water

Science & Tech

Sailing around the world for ocean plastic

Canadian scientist Sheri Bastien discusses her involvement in eXXpedition, an all-female expedition to study ocean plastic

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plastic straw alternative

Science & Tech

A plant-based alternative to plastic straws

With Canada set to ban single-use plastics by 2022, products made of cellulose — a major component of plants — could be the ideal alternative

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PLAT-I tidal energy platform in Grand Passage, May 2019

Science & Tech

Testing the future of tidal energy in Nova Scotia

In the Bay of Fundy, technicians are putting a groundbreaking new tidal technology through its paces

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Science & Tech

How studying Arctic marine seabirds helps document pollution trends in the North and beyond

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Science & Tech

Vancouver Aquarium waiting to hear whether it could be banned from displaying live cetaceans

City’s park board to present a bylaw amendment that would ban the importation and display of whales, dolphins and porpoises

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Science & Tech

New research into Arctic marine mammal movements aims to maintain the future of a traditional Inuit food source

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The MV Martin Bergmann, floating research base for the marine ecosystem study

Science & Tech

How Arctic scientists are unveiling long-standing marine ecosystem mysteries

Researchers are shedding new light on northern food webs and environments by connecting disciplines and local knowledge — even by using different ships

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plastic waste reduction map

Environment

Mapping the world of plastics

Showcasing developments and policy changes related to plastic reduction around the world 

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Places

Marine protected areas

Interactive map and personal reflection from author Alanna Mitchell

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Tiny plastic particles on a fingertip

Environment

Researchers find microplastics in nearly every sample taken in the Eastern Canadian Arctic

A team of Canadian researchers has found evidence that microplastics and microfibers have infiltrated Arctic ecosystems, but the source of these tiny fragments is still unclear

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Environment

Indigenous Peoples, government come together for marine protection

Two new projects highlight commitments to a more collaborative, coordinated and efficient approach to ocean protection and marine responses to anthropogenic disasters

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Environment

Study suggests marine areas receive scant protection

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Environment

9 ocean stories to mark the UN Decade of Ocean Science

The United Nations Decade of Ocean Science kicks off Feb. 3, 2021

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The common eider was one of the bird types collected for study. (Photo: Andreas Trepte)

Wildlife

Study shows waterfowl ingesting debris in Atlantic Canada

Waterfowl species using coastal marine and freshwater environments in Atlantic Canada are exposed to and ingesting plastic and metal debris, a study has found.

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Environment

Fleece clothing major contributor of microplastics in water

Every time a fleece jacket is washed, about 2,000 fibres end up in the wastewater that’s produced

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people pull debris from ocean

Environment

Small ship tourism saving B.C. beaches with marine debris cleanup

In the first week of cleanup activities, more than 26 tons of marine debris was pulled from the ocean

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History

Throwback Thursday: Canada’s first marine national park

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Environment

Expedition report: The great B.C. coastal cleanup of 2020

RCGS Fellow Jacqueline Windh jumped at the opportunity to participate in a six-week cleanup along the coast of B.C. 

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Environment

2019 was the warmest year on record for the world’s oceans. What does that mean for Canada?

Acidification, disruptions to food webs among the biggest concerns for ocean scientists

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Environment

Oceans can be restored in the next 30 years, scientists say

Study outlines five actions to boost ocean productivity and biodiversity by 2050

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Kids

Elementary students find their sea legs with Canadian Coast Guard’s educational pilot program

The Adopt a Ship program took kids on a virtual behind-the-scenes tour with Coast Guard crews and staff

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Wildlife

Marine mammals at risk as blooms of toxic algae expand northward

Researchers are concerned that climate change could mean prolonged toxic algae blooms are 'the new normal.'

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Environment

Most of Canada’s marine fish stocks are unhealthy: report

Less than 25 per cent of Canada’s marine fish are considered healthy, and the status of 45 per cent of stocks couldn’t be determined because data didn’t exist or was outdated

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The Canopy Tour at Haliburton Forest

Travel

Finding wolves, deep-fried wood and a submarine in Haliburton Forest

How Ontario's Haliburton Forest balances preservation with profit

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Environment

Canadian seahorse expert wins leading animal conservation prize

UBC prof Amanda Vincent won the $250,000 Indianapolis Prize for her work on ocean conservation

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the young male beluga swimming the Nepisiguit River

Wildlife

How a stranded beluga whale was successfully moved to St. Lawrence River

This first of its kind collaboration led to the rescue of baby beluga in Nepisiguit River

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Robson Bight Day to Night

Environment

Day to Night in Robson Bight

For the latest image in his iconic Day to Night series, photographer Stephen Wilkes set his sights on an important ecological reserve in British Columbia. Here's why. 

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History

Guerre sur l’eau

La participation du Canada à la bataille de l’Atlantique, montrée ici, est considérée comme étant son rôle le plus crucial dans la guerre.

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Travel

Corona Canada’s epic “Officer of Natural Wonder” road trip champions the nation’s natural beauty

Brewed with water and natural ingredients, Corona wants to encourage Canadians to responsibly experience the country’s natural wonders

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Wildlife

Working with whales through Direct Action

Sydni Long writes about her experience using citizen-reported sightings for the Ocean Bridge program

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Tallurutiup Imanga, Lancaster Sound

Environment

Tallurutiup Imanga/Lancaster Sound to be Canada’s largest protected area

The final boundary for Canada’s new national marine conservation area in Canada’s North shows an area twice the size of Nova Scotia

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