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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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A purple martin silhouetted in flight against a blue sky

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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Wildlife

New Canadian research confirms polar bears use crosswinds to sniff out their food

Scientists predict a warming climate could increase wind speeds and alter the animal’s ability to hunt

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lake hazen ellesmere island

Science & Tech

Science Minister Kirsty Duncan to make first official visit to the Canadian High Arctic

Duncan will meet with climate change researchers and community leaders in Resolute, Nunavut

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illustration by Charlene Chua

Wildlife

Inside the mysterious decline of Earth’s insects

Insects are by far the most populous species on the planet, but they seem to be disappearing. Why aren’t more people concerned?

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Articles

People & Culture

The Ridge Lab of the Polar Environment Atmospheric Research Laboratory (PEARL) located at Eureka, Nunavut (80N, 86W) on Ellesmere Island

People & Culture

Ring around the pole

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conservation

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Environment

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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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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Environment

The Winter Grab: “First-of-its-kind” Great Lakes winter sampling takes place

Research institutions from across Canada and the U.S. collaborate to collect and analyze carbon samples from the Great Lakes during peak ice coverage

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History

Frozen in time: The remarkable legacy of Mary Vaux, amateur glaciologist

Mary Vaux’s groundbreaking 19th-century study of B.C.’s Illecillewaet Glacier created an invaluable record of the glacier’s recession

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Kathleen Graham crawls beneath a curtain of stalactites inside Raspberry Rising cave

Exploration

Return to Raspberry Rising

Seven years after it was first explored, the B.C. cave known as Raspberry Rising is still giving up its secrets, from breathtaking mineral deposits to promising antibacterial microbes

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People & Culture

Presenting the 2019 RCGS award winners

In celebration of its 90th year, the RCGS handed out awards to a diverse and star-studded roster of honourees

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Zodiac, Baffin Island, Nova Zembla, ship wreck, discovery

Exploration

RCGS flag expedition discovers wreck of Scottish whaling ship off Baffin Island

The wreck of the Nova Zembla — the first High Arctic whaling ship to be discovered — sheds light on a little-understood chapter of Canada’s past

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University of Toronto old medical building

History

Diabetes breakthrough: the discovery of insulin

A century ago, the medical school building at the University of Toronto was the site of a momentous scientific breakthrough

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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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Environment

Canadian researchers use tires to fight Zika-carrying mosquitoes

Old tires can easily be converted into low-cost mosquito traps, helping prevent the spread of Zika virus in developing countries

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billy goat overlooking a lake

Wildlife

Social for science: Using smartphone photos for research

With millions of photos taken globally each day on smartphones, researchers have found they may also contain important ecological clues about our rapidly changing planet

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Gray whale breaching near coastline of trees

Wildlife

New research finds link between solar storms and gray whale strandings

Increase in whale strandings during periods of intense solar activity suggests whales may attune to Earth’s magnetic field for navigation

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Wildlife

Beetle fossils help researchers understand climate change

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right whale

Wildlife

Researchers urge summer closures of two East Coast fishing grounds to protect North Atlantic right whale

Population of the endangered whale estimated at 525 

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Wildlife

UBC research supports ban on high seas fishing

Shutting off the high seas to commercial fishing might be an economically and environmentally sound option for the world’s fisheries and maritime nations: UBC research

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Wildlife

Researchers discover sea sponges can sneeze

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Two muskox seen from above in Canada's arctic

Wildlife

Arctic muskox populations dropping

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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

New book explores the secret emotional lives of animals

In his new book The Inner Life of Animals, Peter Wohlleben offers a compassionate glimpse into the surprisingly complex emotional lives of creatures both wild and domestic 

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bear naps next to salmon kill

Wildlife

Bear hair research reveals importance of grizzlies’ salmon diet

Study highlights important interconnections between bears, salmon and humans for future management practices

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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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Barren ground caribou roaming near Eagle Summit, Alaska

Wildlife

The mystery of the disappearing caribou herd

Researchers unravel a caribou conundrum

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Science & Tech

How Canadian ice research is changing how offshore structures are built in the Arctic

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Ottawa, deep mapping, gentrification, city

Mapping

Researchers are using AI to track gentrification across Ottawa

Thanks to machine learning, researchers have been able to monitor and map gentrification across the nation’s capital 

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Fishing boat on the shore of Spitsbergen, Svalbard

Science & Tech

Hearts in the Ice: History and culture

From coal mining to scientific research, the remote archipelago of Svalbard has a rich and complex heritage

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Science & Tech

Street-level solutions

An underground Toronto lab is trying to make it easier for us to get around town

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Science & Tech

Canadian researchers study space winds in the upper atmosphere

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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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People & Culture

Web series profiles raise awareness of Arctic research

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Polar Knowledge Canada, Arctic, climate change, weather

Science & Tech

How mobile labs are changing Arctic science

Innovative laboratories are adding new capabilities to climate research and communications in the western Arctic 

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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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Science & Tech

New x-ray method lets Canadian researchers see inside live insects

Researchers were able to produce quality, 3D images without harming their subjects

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An aurora dances in the night sky

Science & Tech

Solar to the max

For scientists and northern lights rubberneckers, 2013 promises to be a once-in-a-decade opportunity to experience the sun’s magnetic power at its height.

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People & Culture

Remembering innovative Arctic research leader, RCGS Fellow Dr. Louis Fortier

Louis Fortier widely known in Arctic research circles as a “pioneer”

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Beetle on bark

Environment

The further the flight, the stronger the signal: How mountain pine beetles are destroying Canada’s forests

Since the 1990s, mountain pine beetles have invaded more than 18 million hectares of forest in Western Canada. Researchers now have a better understanding of how this is done. 

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People & Culture

Welcome to Flat Earth 101*

*Do your own research

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Want to study this muskrat in Quebec? It'll cost you. (Photo: Cephas/Wikimedia Commons)

Science & Tech

Quebec introduces wildlife research fees

Studying wildlife in Quebec now has an extra price tag attached to it

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A rocket is launched at the Churchill Rocket Research Centre in an undated photo

History

Three Canadian contributions to the Cold War ‘Space Race’

These innovations helped Canada establish its credentials as a leader in space research and technology

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Science & Tech

5 Polar Continental Shelf Program projects unlocking the mysteries of Canada’s North

From permafrost slumping to biodiversity inventories, here’s some of the most exciting research that PCSP supported in 2019

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Science & Tech

Researchers press for summer closures of two East Coast fishing grounds to help protect North Atlantic right whale

Population of the endangered whale estimated at 525 

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Mapping, atlas, Inuit, traditional knowledge, Carleton University, Nunavut, Clyde River, science, wildlife

Science & Tech

How a new northern mapping project is preserving Inuit traditional knowledge

Set to launch later this year in Clyde River, Nunavut, digital atlases of Inuit place names, wildlife habitat, scientific studies and more are already benefiting communities in the Arctic

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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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Science & Tech

An Arctic researcher works to reduce the impact of trace contaminants in country food

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Science & Tech

Canadian researchers awarded top science prize

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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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People & Culture

Featured Fellow: Emily Choy

Arctic researcher receives prestigious 2020 L’Oréal Canada For Women in Science Research Excellence Fellowship

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Science & Tech

Using local knowledge to improve food security in the Arctic

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Environment

The voices we pay attention to

What can we learn when western science and traditional knowledge intersect?

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Science & Tech

New app delivers information on the world’s coldest regions

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Caribou stands in the snow

Environment

Modelling threats to caribou in Ontario’s Ring of Fire

As interest in Ontario’s mineral-rich Ring of Fire region grows, caribou face threats on multiple fronts. New research could help chart a path to their conservation.

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