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oceans

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

Environment

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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Articles

Plastic bottles and recyclables

Environment

Environmental groups unite to demand a zero-plastic waste future for Canada

In a declaration released in advance of this weekend’s G7 summit, more than 40 environmental groups have challenged Canada to achieve zero plastic waste by 2025

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Mapping

A plastic pandemic: The results of COVID-19 PPE pollution

The mismanagement of personal protective equipment waste is contributing to environmental degradation

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Christmas presents with brown paper wrapping

Environment

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

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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Photo: West Africa GEOHealth Hub

People & Culture

Reducing e-waste recycling risks in Ghana

How researchers are working to help mitigate the effects of toxic pollution at Agbogbloshie, a notorious dump for the world’s e-waste

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People & Culture

conservation

Environment

Woman's hands holding Starbucks mug

Environment

Starbucks announces $10 million eco-friendly cup challenge to address waste problem

Announcement coincided with the presentation of a petition by Calgary 6th-graders asking the company to make a fully recyclable cup 

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Wildlife

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North Atlantic right whale in Gulf

Wildlife

Federal government announces new measures to protect endangered North Atlantic right whales

Following a deadly summer for the endangered whales, Fisheries and Oceans Canada is tightening regulations for crab fishers in the Gulf of St. Lawrence

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Science & Tech

New rules for light bulbs

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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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Science & Tech

Energy efforts making headlines across Canada

From electric vehicles to geothermal energy, our focus is on reducing emissions by 2050

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The pumpjack is an iconic symbol of oil in the West.

Science & Tech

13+ things you didn’t know about energy

Massive oilfields, huge offshore rigs, high-tech refineries, colossal dams, sprawling wind farms — how much do you really know about BIG power in Canada?

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Science & Tech

Plastic to outweigh all of the fish in the ocean by 2050

Every minute, the equivalent of one garbage truck full of plastic waste leaks into the world’s oceans. By 2050, that’s expected to increase to four trucks per minute

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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

Five agricultural innovations in Canada

From cubic farming to vegetable fermentation, these agro-enthusiasts are forging the future of farming

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Science & Tech

Tracking the Greenland shark’s Arctic movements

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Science & Tech

Inside your smartphone: analyzing the rare-earth elements

How so-called rare earth elements are powering our modern tech — and where to find them

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Science & Tech

The Arctic voyages of the intrepid ringed seal

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Gatineau, Que. tornado Sept. 21, 2018

Science & Tech

Weather watchers encouraged to report tornadoes in Canada this summer

Physical distancing requirements to slow the spread of COVID-19 will make it difficult for researchers to visit suspected tornado sites this year, so the team behind the Northern Tornadoes Project is calling on the public to help 

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Science & Tech

How artificial intelligence can help crisis managers respond during extreme weather events

Artificial intelligence combines with social-media analysis to inform first responders and scientists

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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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A cougar sits in a tree

Wildlife

The cat came back: Canada’s cougar comeback

Why Canada’s cougars are on the rise — and what that means for us

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Peter Ross analyses water samples from various locations for microplastic threads

Environment

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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Wildlife

Toronto Zoo welcomes a baby orangutan

Plus: the albatross that loved Vancouver Island, a rare butterfly comeback, PEI lobsters to take a new kind of bait and the migratory birds on a potentially fatal collision course.

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Toronto eastern waterfront

People & Culture

A look at Google’s smart city

Urbanist Robin Mazumder reviews Quayside, the new ‘smart’ neighbourhood on Toronto’s eastern waterfront

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Canadian food designer Amanda Huynh shows off a piece of her exhibit, Diasporic Dumplings.

People & Culture

Touring exhibit offers a creative take on the future of food

Currently in Ottawa, the “Edible Futures” exhibit explores the future of food production and consumption through art

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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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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

Recycling Agricultural Plastics: Where we’re at in Canada

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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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Exploration

Why the ‘Yersin’ is one of the greenest ships in the sea

The vessel integrates clean environmental technologies to ensure a minimal impact on the ocean

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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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Array of single-use plastics arranged by colour

Environment

11 Earth-friendly alternatives to common plastic items around the house

Want to cut down on household plastic waste? Start with these alternatives to everyday items in your kitchen and bathroom.

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An illustration of a rooftop farm

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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plastic waste reduction map

Environment

Mapping the world of plastics

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

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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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Photo: Carolyn Janzen/Can Geo Photo Club

History

Throwback Thursday: Turning wheat straw into paper

Canada produces approximately 20 million tonnes of unused wheat straw, which could instead be made into enough paper for 20 million magazines

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Environment

Excerpt from A Book of Ecological Virtues

The Anthropocene is a proposed geological epoch dating from the commencement of significant human impact on Earth's geology and ecosystems

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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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People & Culture

2013 3M Environmental Innovation Award winner: Jeff Golfman

For outstanding individuals who have provided innovative solutions that protect, restore or preserve the environment

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Photo courtesy: Canada Goose

People & Culture

Canada Goose donates surplus material to Nunavut

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Environment

How breeding bottom feeders will help revolutionize fish farming

New Brunswick-bred sea cucumbers and urchins could soon be used to help clean up fish farms

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Map

Mapping

Adam Fenech on P.E.I.’s rising sea levels

How a digital visualisation is showing islanders the future toll of climate change on their home

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Author Helena Moncrieff and the cover of The Fruitful City

Environment

The surprising bounty of urban backyards

In this exclusive excerpt from The Fruitful City: The Enduring Power of the Urban Food Forest, author Helena Moncrieff goes inside the movement to find purpose for Toronto's forgotten fruit

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plastic bag in ocean

Environment

Plastics news: No more single-use plastics, “super enzymes” and more

A roundup of all things plastics, including the items set to be banned in Canada by the end of 2021

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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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People & Culture

Royal Canadian Geographical Society Awards 2020

Award recipients honoured in the first virtual Annual General Meeting and Fellows Show.

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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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9 people stand with shovels as if at a groundbreaking ceremony

Environment

Largest renewable natural gas plant set to be built in Ontario

This facility will aid in the reduction of greenhouse gases in Canada

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People & Culture

Photographing Toronto’s diversity

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Travel

The spell of the Yukon 

An insider’s account of the modern-day gold rush

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History

Operation Husky: Reflections on a forgotten story

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Wildlife

Bison to return to Banff National Park

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People & Culture

Canadians share their love for museums with selfies

#MuseumSelfie trended on Twitter January 20th as people the world over shared their snaps.

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Wildlife

Shark tag finds its way home

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Travel

Met Con Blue, Sir!

Bring it … and leave it all on the mountain

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Wildlife

Managing the white-tailed deer population

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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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Environment

How much warmer than normal was your city in 2015?

Now there's a way to visualize exactly what a record warm year globally meant in your city

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People & Culture

Trans Canada Trail and AccessNow unite: New partnership creates greater accessibility

Canadian Paralympians and Para athletes join the mission to increase trail accessibility across Canada

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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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People & Culture

Welcome to Flat Earth 101*

*Do your own research

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Humpback whale in the broughton archipelago, bc

Wildlife

Giants of the Broughtons

Whales are beginning to return to B.C. waters — but will they find a safe haven?

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Satellite image showing smoke from Amazon fires blowing over Brazil on August 20, 2019

Environment

Fires are burning in the Amazon rainforest. Here’s what you need to know

Fire activity in the Brazilian Amazon surged this week; here are some key things to know about the situation

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Firewater Multi-Bottle lights up Thomas' tent

Travel

Gear Review: Multi-bottle and sleeping bag

Thomas Hall review the Seattle Sports Firewater Multi-Bottle and Mountain Hardwear Lamina Z Spark sleeping bag

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