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A glacier landscape on northern Ellesmere Island

Environment

Glaciers in the Canadian High Arctic are melting at an unprecedented rate

A study of more than 1,700 glaciers on northern Ellesmere Island found six per cent of ice coverage disappeared between 1999 and 2015

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A polar bear on Mitivik Island

Wildlife

A bear in the henhouse

How the drama of climate change is playing out on a small island in Hudson Bay

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Gotsǝ́ mı̨́ “spider web” in sunlight. Photo: Jean Polfus

Environment

What spiders can teach us about ecology

The spider's web is the perfect metaphor for the interconnections between species, people and place

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Sea ice on Frobisher bay

Environment

How I wrote a symphony about the changing Canadian Arctic

I set out to create a historical documentation of the Arctic in musical form. In the process, I found myself developing a spiritual connection with the environment. 

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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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science

Frozen tissue samples at national biodiversity cryobank of canada

Science & Tech

Inside the National Biodiversity Cryobank of Canada, a DNA “library of life”

As its one-year anniversary approaches, the cryobank at the Canadian Museum of Nature is ready to grow its collection of plant and animal tissues

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Environment

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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Articles

Parks Canada archeologists stand behind burnt remains of bison skull and bones after the Kenow wildfire, Waterton Lakes National Park. (Parks Canada)

Places

Archeologists uncover new history in Waterton Lakes National Park after 2017 wildfire

Lead archeologist Bill Perry discusses the latest findings and what they reveal about the region

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A savannah sparrow

Wildlife

Can you hear me now? Prairie songbirds change their tune to cope with human noise

Study finds birds near noisy sites are stressed out and struggling to adapt

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A snowy owl sits on a fencepost

Wildlife

One in eight bird species is at risk of extinction: report

Agricultural expansion, invasive species, climate change blamed for decline in bird species worldwide

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University of Toronto, Meric Gertler, Fellow, RCGS

People & Culture

Featured Fellow: Meric Gertler

The University of Toronto president is a world leader in urban theory and the geography of innovation, creativity and culture in city centres

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Banff wildlife overpass, anniversary, national park, bear, wolf, elk, cougar

Wildlife

As Banff’s famed wildlife overpasses turn 20, the world looks to Canada for conservation inspiration

The innovative structures are heralded for having opened migration corridors and saved countless animals from vehicle collisions

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Science & Tech

Climate change study cancelled due to climate change

A northern research expedition has been postponed until July due to unusually hazardous ice conditions

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Antarctic greening, Antarctic Peninsula, climate change

Environment

Study shows Antarctic Peninsula is greening at an unprecedented rate

Microbes and mosses have demonstrated rapid growth in the last 50 years

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The skull of Xenoceratops foremostensis

Environment

Five fascinating specimens from the Canadian Museum of Nature’s vast collection

Curators and research scientists at the museum’s Natural Heritage Campus in Gatineau, Que. share their favourite specimens ahead of annual open house

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Dr. Mona Nemer

Science & Tech

Canada appoints Chief Science Advisor

Dr. Mona Nemer, formerly of the University of Ottawa, steps into the highly-anticipated role

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Science & Tech

Infographic: How endangered whales’ songs could be key to their protection

How do you save an endangered species in the vastness of the open ocean? Listen for it.

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A monarch butterfly on a flower

Environment

Researchers pinpoint monarch butterfly birthplaces to help conserve species

New data could help coordinate conservation efforts across three countries

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