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The truth about carbon capture

Carbon capture is big business, but its challenges fly in the face of the need to lower emissions. Can we square the circle on this technological Wild West?

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A light at the end of the summit: Historic climate deal sealed at COP27

Though a “landmark” climate fund for poor nations is being hailed as a major step forward in fighting the climate emergency, critics say the global conference did little to address the root cause of the crisis

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Climate change is affecting vegetation in Yukon. What should we do about it?

Yukon-based ecologists uncover four main patterns influencing changes in Yukon and address how outcomes can be improved

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King tides: preparing Canada’s coastline for a future of flooding

King tides are the tipping point at which storms can become devastation — as well as a glimpse of Canada’s coastline 100 years from now. Can green infrastructure help weather the danger?

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Emily Choy on climate change in the Arctic

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The Royal Canadian Geographical Society’s newest Explorer-in-Residence shares insights from her summers studying murres in the High Arctic — a region she calls an “early warning system” for climate change

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“We did this:” Is there a way out of our intertwined climate and biodiversity crises?

As the impacts of global warming become increasingly evident, the connections to biodiversity loss are hard to ignore. Can this fall’s two key international climate conferences point us to a nature-positive future?

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Planting local: In major shift, Toronto requires some developers to source native plants from local seeds

Changes to the city’s Green Standard aimed at protecting its fragile ravine network will pose challenges and opportunities for landscapers — and could kick off a national trend

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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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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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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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Why mountains matter in Canada

They sustain us, enrich our lives and inspire us

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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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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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Celebrating the life of renowned Canadian-American scientist David Schindler

Schindler conducted numerous groundbreaking studies during his career in efforts to protect freshwater around the world

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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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Global geography community calls for action on climate and biodiversity crises

80 global geography societies and organizations from 59 countries have signed a joint declaration urging the world’s leaders to protect nature and secure a liveable climate

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How earthquake scientists solved the mystery of the last “Big One” in the Pacific Northwest

British Columbia, Washington State and Oregon sit on a fault line that is capable of producing some of the strongest earthquakes on the planet. A new book reveals it’s not a matter of if, but when the next “Big One” will strike.

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Study of 500 years of cod catch data shows collapse could have been avoided

Canada missed a chance to rebuild northern cod stocks in the 1980s, highlighting the importance of taking a long view of fisheries management, researchers say

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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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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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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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‘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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