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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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Protecting Whales in an Ice-free Arctic

Protecting Whales in an Ice-free Arctic
(May 07, 2018)   -   Canadians watched in horror last summer as one North Atlantic right whale after another was found dead around the Gulf of St. Lawrence, washed up on beaches or floating offshore, apparent victims of ship strikes or fishing gear entanglements.  

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Addressing Cumulative Impacts of Climate Change and Development on Freshwater Fish in Northern Ontario

Addressing Cumulative Impacts of Climate Change and Development on Freshwater Fish in Northern Ontario
(February 15, 2018)   -   Ontario is a Canadian province built on mining and mineral exploration. Over the past two decades, the provincial government has encouraged and facilitated new mines in Ontario’s Far North—a large, remote and largely roadless region that is the homeland for nearly 40,000 First Nations.

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Why Won't Wolverines Cross the Road?

Why Won't Wolverines Cross the Road?
(February 14, 2018)   -   Wolverine biologist Matt Scrafford spent three winters capturing a number of these wily predators in northern Alberta. The wolverines were then fitted with GPS collars and tracked across an area of the province crisscrossed with logging and oil and gas service roads.

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The sounds of the north: exploring the underwater soundscape of the western Canadian Arctic

The sounds of the north: exploring the underwater soundscape of the western Canadian Arctic
(February 08, 2018)   -   The Arctic is often viewed as a silent landscape, with few human inhabitants and several populations of hardy polar bears. But while winters are cold, dark, and quiet, summers are bright and noisy, with major migrations of birds and marine mammals.

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