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Arctic Frontiers conference 2019

Environment

Five key takeaways from the Arctic Frontiers conference

The uncertainty and change that's currently disrupting the region dominated the annual meeting's agenda

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Researchers studying the impact of ship traffic and noise on whales in the eastern Beaufort Sea cruise the Prince of Wales Strait in a  Zodiac

People & Culture

Protecting whales in an ice-free Arctic

As Arctic sea ice vanishes, new measures are needed to protect marine wildlife from increased ship traffic 

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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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Members of the Pirurvik project accepting their award

People & Culture

Inuit preschool, Yukon cold-climate greenhouse among winners of 2018 Arctic Inspiration Prize

A total of $2,566,000 was awarded to five Northern Indigenous programs at a ceremony in Whitehorse Feb. 12

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Marine mammal habitats in Canada's Arctic

People & Culture

Mapping human impact on the North with Canada’s Arctic Marine Atlas

A new atlas explores the delicate balance between the North and those who use its resources

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Coniferous trees lean at different angles in the snow

Environment

Arctic permafrost is thawing. Here’s what that means for Canada’s North — and the world

Permafrost thaw is widespread, accelerating and irreversible. With it comes visible effects on the ecology, hydrology and landscapes, and communities of the North.

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North Pole

Nunavut

Science & Tech

The main building of the Canadian High Arctic Research Station in Iqaluktuttiaq

Science & Tech

Building connections in the Canadian High Arctic

The new Canadian High Arctic Research Station is helping to create a positive working relationship between northern scientists and the local community

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Amundsen Gjoa 1903 Northwest Passage Inuit

Exploration

Lessons from the Northwest Passage: Roald Amundsen’s experiences in the Canadian Arctic

A foremost Amundsen expert shares some highlights from famed Norwegian explorer’s 1903-06 expedition to the North Pole 

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History

Vilhjalmur Stefansson, Ada Blackjack and the Canadian invasion of Russia

A century ago, a strange drama played out on Wrangel Island in the Russian Arctic. The hero of this tale? A 23-year-old Inuit woman named Ada Blackjack

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floe edge Mittimatalik Pond Inlet Nunavut Jill Heinerth

Exploration

Jill Heinerth dives into the Arctic

"Arctic on the Edge" expedition will see the RCGS' Explorer-in-Residence document the life cycle of Arctic ice and gather Inuit testimony on climate change

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Exploration

A bridge of ice

Ken Hedges of the 1968-69 British Trans Arctic Expedition reflects on the perilous and ground-breaking journey

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Dead Reckoning by Ken McGoogan cover woodcut Ebierbing

Exploration

New book introduces the unsung heroes of Arctic exploration

Author Ken McGoogan says his latest book, Dead Reckoning: The Untold Story of the Northwest Passage, is the "more inclusive narrative of Arctic exploration" that the 21st century demands 

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Canadian Museum of Nature recruits citizen scientists to record data on Arctic plants

Expedition Arctic Botany will allow curious members of the public to explore the plants of the Arctic region without leaving home, while contributing to our understanding of Arctic ecosystems

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Wildlife

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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Arctic tern on Machias Seal Island, New Brunswick

Wildlife

Should we kill one bird to save another?

On New Brunswick’s Machias Seal Island, predatory gulls are pushing endangered Arctic tern colonies to the brink, creating a dilemma for wildlife managers

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Wildlife

Steroids: the arctic ground squirrel’s secret to surviving winter

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Wildlife

Walking away from the wild side

In a new book, Max Foran denounces Canada's failures in protecting its wildlife from human exploitation

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Wildlife

Arctic belugas infected by kitty litter disease

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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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A man watches a helicopter fly low above an icy ocean from his ship.

People & Culture

Safety first, service always: The Canadian Coast Guard turns 60

A celebration of the Canadian Coast Guard’s renowned search-and-rescue capabilities — and more — as the special operating agency turns 60

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Mapping

How Arctic sea ducks develop herd immunity from avian cholera

To wildlife disease ecologists, an ideal place to test ideas about herd immunity is Mitivik Island, Nunavut

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weather and climate in Svalbard

Kids

Hearts in the Ice: Weather and Climate

From sea ice to ocean currents, Svalbard has a unique yet fragile environment that may look very different as climate change shifts weather patterns

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Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and PJ Akeeagok Victor Bay, Nunavut

Environment

Feds and Inuit governments collaborate on new High Arctic marine protections

Groups agree to plan to conserve the High Arctic Basin, while Tallurutiup Imanga National Marine Conservation Area becomes official

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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

Advanced Canadian sonar technology takes crystal-clear pictures of arctic sea floor during the 2014 Franklin search

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Science & Tech

Canadian Museum of Nature festival brings the Arctic to the south

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How the Northern Scientific Training Program helped make Canada an Arctic science heavyweight

Science & Tech

The groundbreaking program that helped make Canada an Arctic science heavyweight

In the face of climate change, the government’s long-running Northern Scientific Training Program has never been more crucial

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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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Photo: Hannes Grobe/Alfred Wegener Institute for Polar and Marine Research/Wikimedia Commons

Science & Tech

Team of scientists to freeze research vessel in Arctic ice

A ship frozen into the Arctic sea ice sounds like an 19th-century expedition gone wrong, but for one team of scientists, it will serve as a platform for crucial climate change research.

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Photo courtesy Mads Peter Heide Jorgensen

Science & Tech

How could a warming Arctic affect bowhead whales?

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L’équipe de 2014-2015 de la base antarctique Concordia

Science & Tech

How Antarctic isolation affects the mind

Canadian psychologist Peter Suedfeld is studying stress in the world's harshest environment

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Un troupeau de bœufs musqués sur l’île Victoria

Science & Tech

What’s killing muskox in the Arctic Islands?

Muskox populations in Canada's High Arctic have been struggling in recent years, and one University of Calgary researcher and her students are working out why

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Science & Tech

Tracking the Arctic char of southern Victoria Island

How a Université Laval scientist, DFO researchers and locals in Cambridge Bay, Nunavut, are working together to keep these staple fish populations healthy 

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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

Antarctic springtail secrets

Tiny springtails in Antarctica are teaching scientists about monumental environmental change

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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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People & Culture

$1-million Arctic Inspiration Prize goes to Indigenous wellness project

Seven other projects also share the more than $2.4 million in prize money awarded at Ottawa event

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Researchers from the international PoLAR-FIT team are revealing a four-million-year-old forest beautifully preserved in permafrost and peat on Nunavut’s Ellesmere Island

Environment

Uncovering Pliocene landscapes in Canada’s High Arctic

Researchers from the international PoLAR-FIT team are revealing a four-million-year-old forest beautifully preserved in permafrost and peat on Nunavut’s Ellesmere Island

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Environment

Canadian scientists weigh in on the Arctic ozone hole

The largest ozone hole ever recorded above the northern polar region has closed, but scientists are now investigating what it could signal about climate change in the Arctic

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Environment

The Middle Seat Manifesto

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Trépanier paints the historic Port Leopold Hudson Bay Company Trading Post, Somerset Island, Nunuvut

Environment

New Cory Trépanier exhibition displays paintings from across the Arctic

A decade in the making, these paintings show most of the northern national parks in all their beautiful variety

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Researchers film penguins in Resolute Bay, Nunavut

Environment

April Fools’! Canada’s first penguin breeding colony coming to the Arctic

A controversial government project aims to establish a king penguin population in the North

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DFO, Coast Guard and Inuit Tapiriit Kanatami announce the creation of the new Arctic Region

Environment

DFO, Coast Guard and Inuit Tapiriit Kanatami announce the creation of the new Arctic Region

The change is to transform the way decisions about fishing, shipping, resource development and more are made across the enormous northern region defined by the traditional Inuit homelands

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Two muskox seen from above in Canada's arctic

Wildlife

Arctic muskox populations dropping

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Governor General David Johnston awards Arctic Inspiration Prize to one of the 2015 laureates, Better Hearing in Education for Northern Youth

People & Culture

Arctic Inspiration Prize awards $1.5 million to improve Northern communities

Three programs dedicated to advancing the quality of life in Canada’s northern communities received a much-needed funding boost on January 27 through the annual Arctic Inspiration Prize.

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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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People & Culture

The truth about polar bears

Depending on whom you ask, the North’s sentinel species is either on the edge of extinction or an environmental success story. An in-depth look at the complicated, contradictory and controversial science behind the sound bites

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People & Culture

RCGS awards Bernier medal to Arctic painter Cory Trépanier

Trépanier was presented with the medal at the launch of his new book Into the Arctic: Painting Canada’s Changing North

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