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The people, places, events and latest research of Canada’s subarctic and Arctic regions, one of the fastest-changing environments on Earth

Tiny plastic particles on a fingertip

A clump of tiny plastics on a finger. Microscopic fragments of plastic were found in almost every sample taken in the Eastern Canadian Arctic as part of a recent study. (Photo: iStock)

Photo: iStock
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
Arctic lichen

One example of the lichen POLAR researcher Ian Hogg monitors using probes and satellite images. (Photo: POLAR)

Photo: POLAR
With Canada’s North effectively closed, how are researchers changing their plans?

Three of the four members of the British Trans-Arctic Expedition (left to right): Roy 'Fritz' Koerner, glaciologist, Major Ken Hedges, Regimental Medical Officer, seconded from 22 Special Air Service, Allan Gill, navigator. Not pictured: Sir Wally Herbert, expedition leader. (Photo: Mick Rowsell)

Photo: Mick Rowsell
Dr. Ken Hedges, Honourary Colonel and RCGS Fellow, recounts his amazing experience traversing the top of the world on the expedition’s anniversary
Boreal wetland Algonquin Provincial Park

Boreal peatlands are home to a wide range of species, including many nationally and globally rare plants and lichens. (Photo: Nina Stavlund/Can Geo Photo Club)

(Photo: Nina Stavlund/Can Geo Photo Club)
A huge part of Canada's northern geography, peatlands are critical to regulating our climate — and more
Shene Catholique Valpy and her daughter Sahᾴí̜ʔᾳ.

Shene Catholique Valpy and her daughter Sahᾴí̜ʔᾳ self-isolating at home in Yellowknife.

Photo: Pat Kane
Yellowknife-based photographer Pat Kane’s latest portrait project reveals how northern families are coping with self-isolation and physical distancing in the time of COVID-19

Cross country skiing at the Arctic Winter Games in Nuuk, Greenland in 2016. (Photo: Lars Weiss/Arctic Winter Games International Committee)

Photo: Lars Weiss/Arctic Winter Games International Committee
Games were started in 1970 to give northern athletes more opportunities for training and competition

Ski de fond aux Jeux d'hiver de l'Arctique à Nuuk en 2016. (Photo : Comité international des Jeux d'hiver de l'Arctique)

Photo : Comité international des Jeux d'hiver de l'Arctique
L’année 1970 marquait la naissance des Jeux, créés pour donner aux athlètes nordiques plus d’occasions de s’entraîner et de participer à des compétitions

Steven Jackson heading to Inuvik on day five of the 6633 Arctic Ultra, a gruelling 617-kilometre footrace from the Yukon to the Northwest Territories. (Photo courtesy 6633 Arctic Ultra)

Photo courtesy 6633 Arctic Ultra
Ottawa-area marathoner Steven Jackson is one of only 39 people to ever finish the 6633 Arctic Ultra 
Iqaluit

The City of Iqaluit has asked anyone with plans to visit the north to delay their travel in a bid to prevent COVID-19 from spreading to the city and other communities across Nunavut. (Photo: Fiona Paton/Flickr)

Photo: Fiona Paton/Flickr
Indigenous and Inuit communities are expressing concern as the threat of COVID-19 comes nearer to their communities
A polar bear walks on the Arctic tundra

A polar bear crosses the tundra in the Churchill Wildlife Management Area, Man. (Photo: Andrew Lovesey/Can Geo)

Photo: Andrew Lovesey/Can Geo
Winter apparel brand Canada Goose has partnered with Polar Bears International to raise awareness of the impacts of climate change on the north’s most iconic animal
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