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Life Under the Ice

Life Under the Ice
(February 20, 2019)   -   With ice melting in Canada’s Northwest Passage, the area will soon be a new route for international shipping. This will have potentially big impacts on the life there. We are studying the area and planning for this with local communities, government scientists, and managers. For one part of that work, we are going to document the marine life in the western Canadian Arctic, in particular the remote and mostly frozen Viscount Melville Sound. Let’s look under the ice!

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Ontario’s review of Endangered Species Act must address long-term ecosystem damage

Ontario’s review of Endangered Species Act must address long-term ecosystem damage
(January 31, 2019)   -   Are protections for endangered species just another bureaucratic burden that is holding back economic development in Ontario?  

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Mapping the decline of Canada’s caribou

Mapping the decline of Canada’s caribou
(October 30, 2018)   -   All of Canada’s caribou subspecies have increasingly been in the news as the animal’s national population, which once numbered in the millions, has declined drastically and quickly to little more than a million today. Experts are concerned some populations may not survive the threats they’re facing. One herd, British Columbia’s South Selkirk, had just three females left in April 2018.

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A whale of a problem developing in Canada’s Arctic

A whale of a problem developing in Canada’s Arctic
(October 01, 2018)   -   The horrors of right whales drowning in tangles of fishing ropes and the alarming prospect of endangered orcas crossing paths with oil-laden tankers has created more than a few headaches for the federal government. From the Atlantic to the Pacific, the feds have been forced to respond to public—and legal—demands that more be done to save threatened cetaceans.

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Indigenous Protected and Conserved Areas and Climate Change in Canada’s Boreal Forest

Indigenous Protected and Conserved Areas and Climate Change in Canada’s Boreal Forest
(September 12, 2018)   -   At 5.6 million square kilometres, Canada’s boreal region is one of the largest forests in the world and one of the Earth’s most important forest carbon storehouses, making it critical to the global effort to address climate change. The boreal forest contains almost twice as much carbon per unit area as tropical forests.

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Taking it slow can help reduce impacts of Arctic shipping on whales

Taking it slow can help reduce impacts of Arctic shipping on whales
(August 28, 2018)   -   For 19th-century adventurers like Sir John Franklin, navigating a path through the ice-choked Northwest Passage — the Holy Grail of Arctic exploration — was a treacherous and often deadly undertaking. Today, thanks to climate change, traveling through the passage is quickly becoming another exotic option for cruise ship passengers — and an enticing shortcut for cargo ships.

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Opinion: Everyone can help Alberta's bats

Opinion: Everyone can help Alberta's bats
(July 31, 2018) Alberta has more than just oil and gas underground - it also has the largest bat hobernaculum found in the boreal forest in Western Canada. Hundreds of bat hibernate in a muddy cave carved out of bedrock by weak sulphuric acid northeast of Edmonton. It may not sound like the most luxurious living space but it is safe. It may not be for much longer.

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As deadly white-nose syndrome spreads west, bat biologists race to prepare

As deadly white-nose syndrome spreads west, bat biologists race to prepare
(July 18, 2018)   -   "Spring is a time when life bursts forth. We see new growth, births, and the emergence of hibernating animals. But as a bat biologist, spring is now a season of dread for me. Once again this year, I found myself awaiting news of the spread of deadly white-nose syndrome (WNS)."

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A sustainable plan for Ontario’s Ring of Fire

A sustainable plan for Ontario’s Ring of Fire
(July 17, 2018)   -   The Ring of Fire mining development requires a clear road map focused on sustainability, not disjointed planning and side deals that divide communities.

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Searching for Wolverines in a Vast Northern Wilderness

Searching for Wolverines in a Vast Northern Wilderness
(June 08, 2018)   -   It was truly like searching for a needle in a haystack: finding an average-dog-size mammal in a vast expanse of boreal forest larger than the state of California. Yet our seven-year effort at the conservation organization WCS Canada to survey the elusive wolverine in the province of Ontario has provided us with a much clearer picture of how this threatened species is faring in its easternmost North American outpost.

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