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Bioplastics: Don’t let the label fool you

Doing your part as an eco-conscious consumer doesn’t end once you buy a bioplastic product

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Environment

How companies and communities are fighting the problem of plastic pollution

Fast food chains, municipalities and even Ikea have recently pledged to phase out single-use plastics 

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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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Environment

From plastic trash to treasured art: Five artists invite us to rethink our relationship with plastic

Five new works commissioned by Canadian Geographic offer eye-catching and compelling commentary on the impact of plastic on our planet

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

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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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Peter Ross analyses water samples from various locations for microplastic threads

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Why forensics could be key to untangling the ocean microplastics crisis

Scientist Peter Ross uses all the high-tech tools of a crime scene investigator — except his crime scene is the open ocean

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Ocean microplastic in hands

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Ocean Bridge Diaries: Vanessa Fladmark

T’aalan Stl’ang: The beach that has everything

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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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Environment

Microplastics’ contribution to melting snow: A global crisis

Research aims to reevaluate microplastic pollution’s impact on the climate

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Environment

Recycling Agricultural Plastics: Where we’re at in Canada

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Environment

Why we need to totally rethink plastic waste

Myra Hird, a sociology professor at the School of Environmental Studies at Queen’s University in Kingston, Ont., discusses why recycling isn’t a perfect solution 

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Environment

What lies beneath: Ghost gear in our oceans

Ghost gear — lost or abandoned fishing gear — is a major problem in our oceans, but renewed efforts are underway to clean it up

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A paddleboarder and a kayaker on Clear Lake in Riding Mountain National Park in Manitoba at sunset. (Photo: Harry Wilson/Canadian Geographic)

Environment

5 Manitoban water conservation projects

How people are trying to save Manitoba's waterways

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Wildlife

Study on land fish gives insight into evolution

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Wildlife

Leatherback Sea Turtle: Endangered Species

The world’s largest sea turtle faces dangers as it travels through the Atlantic Ocean

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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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A pair of horned grebe chicks on a pond

Wildlife

11 species added to Canadian at-risk list

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Alberta app to track moose population across the province

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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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Wildlife

The strange way scientists are trying to save snakes in southwestern Ontario

You’ve heard of snakes on a plane, but what about snakes in tubes? 

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Environment

Canada’s dirty secret

Canada leads the developed world in per capita production of garbage. What’s behind our nation’s wasteful ways? 

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People & Culture

The cowboy exclaims: The ballad of an ageing vaquero and his troubled horse, Bunny

The ultimate goal of vaquero horsemanship is to produce a “finished” horse: an exceptionally responsive animal that is a true partner to its rider

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People & Culture

Cold-weather photography tips

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Calgary Stampeders players Jabari Arthur, Quincy Butler and Marvin White meet fans and sign autographs

People & Culture

The Grey Cup turns 100

With the 100th Grey Cup set to kick off this November, the Canadian Football League and its rough-around-the-edges charm is winning converts

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Science & Tech

London, Ont., launches project to collect hard-to-recycle plastics

Pilot program will recycle single-use plastics such as candy wrappers, foam containers, plastic straws and stir sticks

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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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Environment

Mapping the world of plastics

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

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Travel

The Editor’s Picks: Summer’s Best Upcycled Products

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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 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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Excerpt: The Day the World Stops Shopping

From economy to ecology, J.B. MacKinnon's creative work of non-fiction explores what the world would look like if we could just stop shopping  

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Gordon Hempton records audio in Grasslands National Park

Science & Tech

The sounds of silence 

A sound artist listens for quiet in Grasslands National Park

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Science & Tech

L’étude des oiseaux de mer de l’Arctique nous permet de mieux comprendre l’évolution de la pollution dans le Nord et ailleurs

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Science & Tech

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

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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

Excerpt from Saved by Science: The Hope and Promise of Synthetic Biology

How can we accelerate the development of vaccines? How do we feed three billion people when 12 million died of hunger in 2019? Does synthetic biology hold the answer?

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Science & Tech

Q&A: The sustainability of regenerative ocean farming

Environmental benefits and food sources from this low-cost form of farming might be the future

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Science & Tech

Earth day tips from the Classroom Energy Diet Challenge

Make every day Earth Day with these four environmental tips, compliments of the Classroom Energy Diet Challenge

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Environment

Five green highlights of the latest federal budget

Budget 2018 contains some major investments in Canada's wilderness and wildlife. Here are the highlights. 

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History

Throwback Thursday: Sleuthing Toronto’s smog

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Environment

Roy MacGregor on the rivers that shaped our nation

In his new book, Original Highways: Travelling the Great Rivers of Canada, Roy MacGregor examines the historical legacy and future of Canada's greatest rivers

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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

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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Mapping

64% of global agricultural land at risk of pesticide pollution

Asia and Europe revealed as having regions at high-risk of pesticide pollution

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Environment

Global air pollution on the rise, reports WHO

Overall, the world's urban air is getting dirtier. But Canada's city skies are among the cleanest in terms of particular matter

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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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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

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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Environment

‘The need is global;’ Fill it Forward bottles support water initiatives around the world

A sustainable journey starts with a single step says founder and CEO

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Exploration

Exploration and tourism on the deepest dives

Every dive into the abyss brings back important scientific data and reminds the world of the critical need for protecting the planet’s oceans

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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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Mapping

Mapping environmental racism in Nova Scotia

A new interactive map aims to show that pollution disproportionately affects communities of African Nova Scotians and aboriginals

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Environment

Emergency recovery plan could help restore freshwater biodiversity around the world

New scientific paper lays out six actions to help freshwater ecosystems recover from decades of pollution and species loss

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Environment

Why Canada should recognize its citizens’ environmental rights

David Boyd, a Canadian environmental lawyer and UN Special Rapporteur on Human Rights and the Environment, reveals how recognizing the human right to a healthy environment can spur positive action for the planet

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Environment

Eco-friendly paper

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

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The Humber Foton, a new solar-powered boat on the market, takes four to five days of sunshine to get fully charged

Environment

Recreation revolution

From energy-efficient stadiums to solar-powered boats, making leisure time clean and green is all the rage

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