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Network of Nature

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Planting a network of mini forests across Canada

Six new mini forests were planted in cities across Canada in 2023 as part of a national pilot project to combat biodiversity loss and create new green spaces in urban areas — and the work is just beginning

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Toronto high school students are shoring up urban biodiversity, one acorn at a time

The student-led Ravine Stewardship Team at Toronto French School is providing local acorns to neighbours and nurseries to increase the city’s native tree canopy

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Biodiversity by design: A birds and bees tour of Calgary

Alberta’s largest city has a lofty goal to restore some of its roadsides, boulevards and other open spaces to a more natural state. Here’s a look at some biodiversity-friendly projects already underway. 

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Network of Nature and Green Communities Canada launch National Mini Forest Pilot program in Richmond, B.C.

Community members and local organizations gathered to plant a Miyawaki forest

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Network of Nature: The new program working to restore Canada’s biodiversity, one plant at a time

Network of Nature aims to inspire Canadians to improve the long-term health of our ecosystems through the planting of native species

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Fundy Salmon – Back from the Brink

Episode 51

John Robinson of Parks Canada talks about the work being done to help bring back Fundy Atlantic salmon populations from the brink of extinction

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We knew Vancouver’s ecosystem was damaged. The truth is so much worse

More than a century after colonization nearly eradicated key fish populations around Vancouver, British Columbia, the Tsleil-Waututh Nation is looking to the past to restore the ecosystem.

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Spotlight on conservation: Kootenay River Ranch

Thanks to contributions from donors like Kruger Products, the Nature Conservancy of Canada is restoring and protecting some of Canada’s most valuable ecosystems

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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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Sea lion swimming among a kelp forest

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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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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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Toronto’s newest park is turning an industrial landscape into a recreational hub

Located in Toronto’s Port Lands, Leslie Lookout Park will welcome visitors in June 2024, complete with a mini forest, lookout tower and a public beach

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Robert Courteau on the fungiverse beneath our feet

The fun guy behind the mushroom hunt that became North America’s largest fungi bioblitz

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Into the fungiverse

Robert Courteau, the former chef behind FungiQuest, discusses his passion for mushrooms and the goal to map every species of fungi on the planet

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Mapping 100 years of forest fires in Canada

How exceptional is Canada’s 2023 fire season? Unprecedented, according to a map of the past century of fire activity

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Opinion: Environmental racism and Canada’s wildfires

Ocean Bridge Ambassadors address the burning injustice of the climate crisis on marginalized communities

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Big tree hunters: saving the last untouched areas of the planet

How a niche British Columbia-based community is working to bring attention to the importance of old-growth forests

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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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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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Why we’re challenging Canadian families to “live net zero”

Live Net Zero will follow five households from across the country this fall as they compete in bi-weekly challenges to lower their carbon emissions and spending on energy

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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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Thinking about Thanksgiving: How the Live Net Zero families modified their holiday habits

From cutting back on travel to preparing vegetarian meals, the Live Net Zero families made a concerted effort to reduce the environmental footprint of their Thanksgiving celebrations

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Four things to know about Arctic policy and sustainable ocean management in Canada and Norway

The Royal Norwegian Embassy and the Royal Canadian Geographical Society teamed up for two days of talks on the future of the Arctic and the “blue economy” in Norway and Canada

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The Winter Grab: “First-of-its-kind” Great Lakes winter sampling takes place

Research institutions from across Canada and the U.S. collaborate to collect and analyze carbon samples from the Great Lakes during peak ice coverage

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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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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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Making waves: Seven highlights from the IMPAC5 conference

In February, the 5th International Marine Protected Areas Congress was hosted in Vancouver on Musqueam, Squamish and Tseil-Waututh territory. Here are seven highlights for the seven seas.

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A new spark in wildfire investigation

How new techniques may be able to help solve more cases of large-scale arson 

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Our shared garden: The importance of native plants

As cities and towns continue to expand into our wild landscapes, conservation gardens can provide refuge for Canada’s plummeting biodiversity 

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The research project trying to find every tornado in Canada

Tracking the country’s extreme weather events to answer the question: are storms getting worse?

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Five people in orange suits stand close together, waist deep in snow in an Arctic landscape. In the foreground is metal-looking machinery sat on top of the snow. It is a sunny day and there are dark hills in the background.

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Hopes for the first field school on Arctic snow

Researchers, students and hunters are coming together in Iqaluktuuttiaq (Cambridge Bay) to learn from each other about snow in the High Arctic.

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Space invasion: Is it too late to save the Great Lakes?

How a cocktail of invasive species and global change is altering the Great Lakes-St. Lawrence River ecosystem

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Sackville, N.B., scores prestigious UN wetland accreditation in a Canadian first

This will be the first town in North America to be accredited as a United Nations Ramsar City Wetland Site

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Before and after photos show devastating effects of intensive logging on B.C.’s old-growth forests

Conservation photographer TJ Watt advocates for the protection of old-growth ecosystems by documenting the loss of giant trees

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All about bees: Common misconceptions, helping pollinators and how to actually ‘save the bees’ 

A Garden for the Rusty-Patched Bumblebee: Creating Habitat Gardens for Native Pollinators is an inspiring and practical guide that will help gardeners create habitats full of life and learn about what is needed to take action to support and protect pollinators 

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Native Shoes: The recyclable shoe for “Generation Do”

Vancouver-based Native Shoes is exploring innovative ways to reduce its footprint

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Excerpt: The Ocean’s Whistleblower

David Grémillet explores the remarkable life and work of fisheries scientist Daniel Pauly

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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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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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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

A former boyfriend, who’d worked as a wildland firefighter in the Rocky Mountain House area, had told me a story about a lookout. One day, while visiting one of the fire…

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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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