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Vanishing birdsong: How climate change is altering Canada’s soundscape

Indigenous conservationists are listening in to track the impacts of climate change on the boreal forest

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Excerpt from Crossing The Divide: Discovering a Wilderness Ethic in Canada’s Northern Rockies

Wayne Sawchuk's latest book recounts his transformation from a logger and trapper into an ardent conservationist

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What if we could plant trees as quickly as we cut them down?

Experts say global reforestation is one of our best defences against climate change, so a Toronto-based company is developing drones that can get the job done quickly

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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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Canadian ranchers protect native grasslands and species at risk

Cattle grazing helps to conserve endangered grasslands as well as the habitat for many species at risk

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Op-ed: The Amazon fires are back — and the consequences affect us all

Bioethicist and conservationist Kerry Bowman on the 2020 Amazonian forest fires — as bad, or worse than 2019's — and why Canadians should be very concerned

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14 Photos of Comet NEOWISE from the Can Geo photo community

The comet passed close to Earth in mid-July, giving stargazers and photographers amazing photo opportunities

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Life on mountains in the sea

Two marine biologists offer a glimpse of life at the bottom of the ocean during 2018, 2019 and 2020 seamount expeditions 

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Seeing the garden through the trees: The Indigenous forest gardens of coastal B.C.

The discovery of the 150-year-old Ts’msyen and Coast Salish garden sites — and their still-booming biodiversity — could provide fresh inspiration for both land management and food security solutions

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The power we have to renew a world in peril

In an exclusive excperpt from his new book Commanding Hope, Thomas Homer-Dixon highlights four key stresses that inhibit society's collective sense of a promising future for our planet

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What can birds tell us about forest fire recovery?

The behavior of birds before and after the blaze that devastated Alberta’s Fort McMurray area in 2016 is leading to interesting insights into the rebound of boreal habitat

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Smokey forest fire

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Quickfire decision: fighting wildfires

With wildfires on the rise, those who tackle them have to make choices about when to take action

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Tiny nanotechnologies are poised to have a huge impact on agriculture

Custom-made nanoscale systems can use precision chemistry to achieve high-efficiency delivery of fertilizers or pesticides

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Arctic storms: How scientists are improving forecasts of dangerous polar lows

Polar lows are particularly challenging to forecast due to their small size and short lifetime

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Urban parks unite! Parks in Montreal, Vancouver and Toronto set to join forces

The first-of-its-kind partnership will bolster city parks at a time when Canadians need them most

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Outdoor School: Contemporary Environmental Art

An excerpt from “We Always Begin with an Acknowledgement of the Land” by Amish Morrell

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Ice, ice baby

We rely on ice for a lot more than just a cold drink — here’s some of the latest news on frozen water

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Remembering ‘Wild Goose’ Jack Miner

National Wildlife Week honours Miner for his pioneer work in wildlife conservation

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Using nature as medicine

Some are finding ways to heal through forest therapy

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Park Bagger: Adventures in the Canadian National Parks

In her quest to visit and get to know the parks, Marlis Butcher canoed, kayaked, mountain biked, backpacked, hiked, snowshoed, snorkelled, and trekked by whatever means of travel she could devise

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A wildfire expert on the nuances of wildfire fighting

Fire detection, forecasting, management — and how decisions are made

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A Life of Extremes – The Life and Times of a Polar Filmmaker

In an excerpt from his new book, A Life of Extremes: The Life and Times of a Polar Filmmaker, filmmaker Max Quinn offers unique insight to some of the most beautiful and extreme places on earth

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Microplastics’ contribution to melting snow: A global crisis

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

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LOOKOUT: Love, Solitude and Searching for Wildlife in the Boreal Forest

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Getting Closer: Rediscovering nature through bird photography

In an excerpt from his new book, author Paul Sorrell teches how to connect to nature with a photographer's eye

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Alexandra Morton on her battle to save wild salmon

The B.C. based biologist reflects on her decades long fight to preserve the ecosystem she calls home

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“Quite the catch”: Removing invasive bass requires delicate balance

Protecting Piper Lake’s ecosystem sometimes takes drastic measures

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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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Indigenous Peoples, government come together for marine protection

Two new projects highlight commitments to a more collaborative, coordinated and efficient approach to ocean protection and marine responses to anthropogenic disasters

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The Ontario Greenbelt is expanding — So what does that mean?

The expansion could offer economic, social and environmental benefits to the area

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Healthy rivers: Communities use DNA tool to keep tabs on freshwater quality

Many of Canada’s 25 watersheds are under threat from pollution, habitat degradation, water overuse and invasive species

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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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New film shows three-decade old cod collapse even more relevant today

The animated short film called Last Fish, First Boat recounts the 1992 cod moratorium

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Fiction and conservation can go hand-in-hand

Works of fiction can be the starting point for much-needed conversations about sustainable solutions to complex issues

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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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Access to nature critical to coping with COVID-19 pandemic

A Nature Conservancy Canada poll finds spending time in nature is more important than ever

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Northern Tornadoes Project confirms 77 tornadoes in 2020

Program used community reports and remote sensing to confirm tornadoes

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Defeating winter

How Montreal wages a $166-million battle against snow every single year to keep its streets and sidewalks clear

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Canada commits to planting 2 billion trees over 10 years

The $3.16 billion effort was announced mid-December

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U of T ‘passivhaus’ style residence set to open in 2023

The Passive House style is a “pragmatic combination” of applied building science and economics

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Sounds of Canada explored in new series from Sarika Cullis-Suzuki

Canadian Audible Original takes listeners on a cross-country journey through sound

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Canada acquires one of the world’s oldest artefacts

Billion-year-old water sample reveals much about the past — and the present 

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Endangered spaces and species in Canada’s mountains

Glaciers play a vital role in sculpting the landscape, and their retreat can bring about drastic consequences

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‘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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Earth’s orbit has become a cosmic landfill

Michel Doyon, manager of flight and systems operations at the Canadian Space Agency, walks us through what space debris is and its impact on Canada

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Exploring Nova Scotia through experiential learning

Ocean Bridge’s Learning Journeys looked a little bit different in 2020 due to COVID-19 and travel restrictions

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Wildlife can be saved from becoming roadkill with a new tool that finds the best locations for fences

An estimated 29 million mammals are killed each year on European roads

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Toronto city council votes to save historic red oak

The fight to save the city’s oldest tree is over, and Zhelevo has won

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Stories of Ice: Adventure, Commerce and Creativity on Canada’s Glaciers

Author Lynn Martel offers an examination of Canadian glaciers to understand their futures and the secrets they hold

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Federal government commits $68.4M to fight ‘devastating’ mountain pine beetle

An interview with Natural Resources Canada Minister Seamus O’Regan on the federal government’s recent decision

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Excerpt: The Natural Navigator

Starting with a simple question – ‘Which way am I looking?’ – Tristan Gooley blends natural science, myth, folklore and the history of travel to introduce you to the rare and ancient art of finding your way using nature’s own sign-posts, from the feel of a rock to a glance at the moon

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Moonless Oasis: new documentary illuminates the world of B.C.’s glass sponges

A conversation with filmmakers on how they captured this unique ecosystem, on screen.

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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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Carbon crusaders

Protecting and restoring Canada’s forests and wetlands may be a great long-term way to mitigate the changing climate

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A conversation with David Suzuki

The Canadian environmentalist talks about Greta Thunberg’s climate strikes and our place in nature

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5 future fixes from WWF Canada’s 2020 Watershed Reports

The report contains both optimism and warnings as Canada and its watersheds struggle with the twin crises of biodiversity loss and climate change

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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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Downtown Winnipeg framed by fall leaves

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10 photos of fall from the Can Geo Instagram photo community

Photos from our Can Geo Instagram community showcase the beauty of the changing season across the country

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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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Can Geo’s favourite books about rivers

For World Rivers Day, we've compiled a list of must-read books about rivers

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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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Small ship tourism saving B.C. beaches with marine debris cleanup

In the first week of cleanup activities, more than 26 tons of marine debris was pulled from the ocean

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Natural Order: Edward Burtynsky’s new exhibition unveiled in Toronto

Finding himself 'pinned down by nature' — the COVID-19 pandemic — Burtynsky picked up a camera

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Field fixes

How grasslands protection and conservation agriculture can work as front-line defences against climate change

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Ultimate Quiz – Weather Edition

From rain to snow, from high temperatures to low, 50 questions to test your weather wits

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Can PEI reach their 7 per cent protected land goal by the end of the year?

Currently only at 4.4 per cent, the province still needs to acquire another 2.6 per cent of land to protect by the end of 2020

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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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10 photos of monarch butterflies from the Can Geo Photo Club

Some of our favourite shots of monarch butterflies from the Can Geo Photo Club in honour of the International Monarch Monitoring Blitz

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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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Green spaces crucial, but a challenge says 2020 Parks Report

The 2020 Canadian City Parks Report looks at challenges and opportunties for Canada's parks under a COVID-19 lens

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The voices we pay attention to

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

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Excerpt from Restigouche: The Long Run of the Wild River

A love story about a wild river

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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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“If this tree could talk:” The fight to save Zhelevo, Toronto’s most iconic red oak

Torontonians are rallying around a campaign to save Zhelevo, a massive red oak believed to have stood in North York since before the city was founded

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Peatland

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Saving the peatlands: Water loss in northern peatlands can accelerate global warming, scientists say

The drying of peatlands in Canada heightens the risk of wildfires and can turn into a carbon source instead of a carbon sink

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Harnessing the power of nature to fight climate change

When it comes to reducing greenhouse gas emissions, habitats themselves can be critical allies

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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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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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