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Environment

Planting local: In major shift, Toronto requires some developers to source native plants from local seeds

Changes to the city’s Green Standard aimed at protecting its fragile ravine network will pose challenges and opportunities for landscapers — and could kick off a national trend

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Science & Tech

Biochemicals may cause human-like reaction in plants

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Science & Tech

The surprising links between people and plants in the North

Just as traditional knowledge of plants is helping northern researchers, the plants themselves have much to teach us about human history in the North

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Aerial view of Ontario patchwork farmland

Environment

The endangered species hiding in plain sight

Hundreds of Canada’s species at risk are plants, and most of them live where we do

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Science & Tech

A new catalogue of Arctic plants is revealing a changing North

Scientists currently have little understanding of the impacts of climate change on Arctic flora, but a group of Canadian researchers is working to change that

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Environment

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Environment

Fresh from the city: The rise of urban farming

Already gaining steam before the pandemic, interest in urban farming — and hunger for hyper-local food — has soared. A look at three Canadian takes on the urban farming phenomenon

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Articles

Science & Tech

Canadian botanist seeks plants for Mars colonization

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Science & Tech

Science & Tech

Made-in-Canada plants

From wheat to potatos, Canada has made a name for itself for breeding excellent edibles

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Nigel Hussey prepares to tag a Greenland shark in Scott Inlet in 2013. (Photo courtesy of Steven Fields)

Science & Tech

Following Greenland Sharks in Canada’s Arctic

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Science & Tech

Alberta scientists revive centuries-old moss

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Science & Tech

Vancouver Island University wins architecture award for green roof

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Science & Tech

Sustainable architecture used to green buildings

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Wildlife

Migration in the time of climate change

New technology is helping researchers understand how birds time their migrations when the seasons send mixed signals

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Many Colville Lake locals spend their time in and around trapping cabins, preparing the pelts they’ve collected.

People & Culture

Traditional trapping in the North

Once a traditional way of life across Canada, trapping survives and even thrives in communities throughout the North, including Colville Lake, N.W.T.

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Environment

Space invasion: Is it too late to save the Great Lakes?

How a cocktail of invasive species and global change is altering the Great Lakes-St. Lawrence River ecosystem

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Environment

The day the cod collapsed

An exclusive excerpt from the new book Cod Collapse: The Rise and Fall of Newfoundland's Saltwater Cowboys

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The Experimental Lakes Area research facility is made of up 58 boreal lakes that sit on the Canadian shield. (Photo: IISD Experimental Lakes Area)

Environment

When a lake is better than a lab

Studies conducted at the Experimental Lakes Area in northwestern Ontario have impacted environmental decision-making around the world

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Two caribou silhouetted against a dark, rainy landscape

Wildlife

Caribou are vanishing at an alarming rate. Is it too late to save them?

After more than a million years on Earth, the caribou is under threat of global extinction. The precipitous decline of the once mighty herds is a tragedy that is hard to watch — and even harder to reverse.

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Wildlife

“Whale superhighway” map marks World Whale Day

Plus: Marathon hare migrations, increasingly efficient wolves, wandering basking sharks and homemaking bees

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Environment

Timber poaching: The secretive crime decimating North America’s forests

Timber poaching has become “a problem in every national forest,” with an estimated $1 billion worth of wood poached yearly in North America 

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Environment

Key Biodiversity Areas bring conservation close to home

One of the most complex challenges for nature conservation comes from a simple question: what must we save?

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Wildlife

The value of rockweed

As rockweed harvesting develops, so does the debate

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Ederney Gonzales, one of the people who discovered Red Rockette

Wildlife

Tracking sea turtles

International grassroots organizations unite over turtle conservation

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Wildlife

7 ways to enjoy birds in your backyard this summer

You’ll be amazed at the feathered friends you can attract to your yard by following these simple tips

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Wildlife

Announcing the winners of the 2020 Canadian Wildlife Photography of the Year Competition

From plants to ants, Canadian Geographic’s 2020 Canadian Wildlife Photography of the Year Competition showcases the best of the year’s wildlife photography

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Wildlife

Monarch butterflies struggle to survive with loss of milkweed food source

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Wildlife

Hibernation habits of Ontario toad hold climate change clues

For the past 140 years, Fowler's toads have been slowly shortening their underground winter hibernation

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Wildlife

Alberta app to track moose population across the province

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Wildlife

Managing the white-tailed deer population

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Wildlife

The erosion of Ontario’s Endangered Species Act threatens iconic Algonquin wolf

Algonquin wolves face an uncertain future primarily because they can be legally shot and trapped in many parts of Ontario

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Wildlife

Threatened Ontario plant more unique than previously thought

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Wild parsnip from above. (Photo: Joshua Mayer/Wikimedia Commons)

Wildlife

Invasive Species Centre on wild parsnip

Dilhari Fernando, executive director of Canada’s Invasive Species Centre, discusses Wild Parsnip, which is classified as a noxious weed in Ontario

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Wildlife

Butterflyway Project seeks to connect butterfly-friendly gardens in five cities across Canada

This David Suzuki Foundation initiative wants to grow homes for local butterflies and bees

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Wildlife

Beetle fossils help researchers understand climate change

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Wildlife

Investing in Canada’s biodiversity: Federal government funds $2M for wildlife conservation in Kootenay region of British Columbia

The steps being made are towards Canada’s goal of 25 per cent protection of land and ocean by 2025

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Wildlife

Monarch Butterfly: Endangered Species

Saving the butterfly known for its remarkable migration

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Wildlife

A fifth of Canadian species are at some level of extinction risk: report

The 'Wild Species 2015: The General Status of Species in Canada' provides many facts about the tens of thousands of species that call Canada home. Find some below. For instance, did you know that nearly 70 per cent of the known animal species in Canada are insects?

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Wildlife

Excerpt: On Time and Water

A look at how global warming impacts foundational conditions for entire ecosystems

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Wildlife

Bison to return to Banff National Park

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Wildlife

Shark tag finds its way home

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History

Operation Husky: Reflections on a forgotten story

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Kids

Animal Facts: Moose

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Environment

How Haida Gwaii’s unique geography helped the Indigenous struggle for independence

In The Haida Gwaii Lesson: A Strategic Playbook for Indigenous Sovereignty, award-winning journalist Mark Dowie explores Haida Gwaii and the people who call it home. Below is an excerpt from the book. 

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Environment

517 species in Canada on global at-risk list

Vancouver Island marmot, blue whale and Ungava seal included in NatureServe Canada report

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Environment

Five family-friendly nature activities to try this summer

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Environment

The power of echinacea

Using echinacea to clean up contaminated soil

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Microalgae

Environment

Algae for biofuel

Step aside, soybeans and sunflowers. This slimy stuff could someday power the world.

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Goats grazing on Japanese knotweed in Chilliwack, B.C.

Environment

Chilliwack, B.C. recruits goats to combat invasive plant

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Environment

Museum of Nature gardens bring Canada’s biodiversity to Ottawa

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Environment

Climate change might help Quebec vineyards, say researchers

A new study predicts warmer temperatures could diversify the province's grapes, but many Quebec vintners are skeptical

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Banff National Park, photographed here at Baker Lake in July 2010, contains hot springs. These springs form when groundwater, running deep underground, is heated by the Earth and flows back to the surface. (Davin Martinson/CG Photo Club)

Environment

Groundwater guide

Tips and resources to help you protect your groundwater

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Boreal wetland Algonquin Provincial Park

Environment

It’s time to start paying attention to Canada’s peatlands

A huge part of Canada's northern geography, peatlands are critical to regulating our climate — and more

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Environment

The sixth extinction

The planet is in the midst of drastic biodiversity loss that some experts think may be the next great species die-off. How did we get here and what can be done about it?

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Environment

Eco-friendly paper

Five eco-friendly products used around the world to create paper

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People & Culture

Reimagining Canada’s first Japanese tea house

Eighty years after looting destroyed a storied Japanese tea house, a community is committed to redress the historical injustice

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Kids

Canada’s Coolest School Trip winners enjoy invasive species battles, gunfire and West Coast delicacies

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Science & Tech

The puzzle of plastic: Turning to science to solve our recycling dilemma

Environmental entrepreneur Miranda Wang turns to science to seek profitable solutions to the problem of what to do with our mountains of plastic waste

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Places

The Mingan Archipelago: A land shaped by time

Raised from the sea, sculpted by tides and winds, the ever-changing Mingan Archipelago National Park Reserve protects colossal monoliths and myriad species 

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People & Culture

In search of promised lands

Uprooted repeatedly by development projects, the Oujé-Bougoumou Cree wandered boreal Quebec for 70 years before finding a permanent home. For some, the journey continues.

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An Oakville, Ont. plant produces biodiesel from used coffee grounds

Science & Tech

The Holy Grail of Green

Researchers get creative in their quest to make the next big breakthrough in green energy

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CHARS, Canadian High Arctic Research Station, laboratories, Cambridge Bay, Nunavut, North

Science & Tech

The Canadian High Arctic Research Station comes online

What does it take to operate high-tech scientific facilities — including live-study growing chambers and necropsy, genomics and imaging labs — in Canada’s Arctic?

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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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Science & Tech

How an inventive Canadian experiment is exploring the possible effects of climate change in the Arctic

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Science & Tech

5 energy innovations to watch, from Céline Bak

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Mapping

Mapping Canada’s intact forests

Species richness in Canada’s remaining intact forests

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People & Culture

Photographing Toronto’s diversity

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Science & Tech

Tracking the Greenland shark’s Arctic movements

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Science & Tech

The Arctic voyages of the intrepid ringed seal

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Science & Tech

Testing, testing: Inuit hunters and scientists work together to ensure walrus meat safe to eat

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Mapping

Mapping the future of sustainable agriculture

This online map platform displays hundreds of stories on ecological farming issues from around the world

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