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How we chose the cover: July/August 2016 Canadian Geographic

Posted by Aaron Kylie in Community on Tuesday, May 31, 2016

The cover option on the left shows explorer and underwater diver Jill Heinerth near her home in north Florida, and won with 53 per cent of the vote.

One way or another, cave diver Jill Heinerth was destined to win the cover vote for the July/August 2016 issue of Canadian Geographic. The recipient of the The Royal Canadian Geographical Society’s first Sir Christopher Ondaatje Medal for Exploration in 2013, Heinerth is one of Canada’s top women explorers (and the subject of our cover feature profile), so she made a natural choice to grace the edition’s cover. (She’s even more deserving of the cover when you hear next week’s announcement about ...

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A sweet tour of Montreal, Canada's chocolate capital

Posted by Alexandra Pope in Travel on Tuesday, May 31, 2016

Handmade chocolates at Chocolats Andrée, one of many craft chocolatiers helping to build Montreal's reputation as the dessert capital of Canada. (Photo: Alexandra Pope/Canadian Geographic)

Walking into the Chocolate Academy in east-end Montreal is like stepping into Willy Wonka's factory. The air smells of icing sugar, the walls are lined with bags of cocoa beans from every corner of the Earth, and fanciful candy sculptures tower on the tabletops, daring your inner Augustus Gloop to break off a handful of chocolate and indulge on the sly.

In the Academy's atelier, industrial-sized mixers churn night and day to keep vats of molten chocolate the perfect temperature and consistency, ...

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A brief history of Canada’s climate change agreements

Posted by Vanessa Hrvatin in Nature on Monday, May 30, 2016

A view of the presiding table at the United Nations Conference on Environment and Development in 1992. (Photo: UN Photo/Michos Tzovaras)

Trying to curb climate change is a complex and global effort. How has Canada fared in the crusade?

In the June issue of Canadian Geographic, we focused on climate change, and looked back at Canada's role in the 1992 Earth Summit.

Here's a bit of what's happened in the almost quarter-century since.

The Earth Summit, 1992

At the United Nations Conference on Environment and Development (also know as the Earth Summit) Canada was considered to be at the forefront of the environmental movement. ...

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Video of the Week: Chipmunk has priceless reaction to being caught at birdfeeder

Posted by Sabrina Doyle in Wildlife on Friday, May 27, 2016

Try this at your next dinner party.

In a recently-uploaded YouTube video, a cameraman sneaks up on a chipmunk that is in the process of marauding his bird feeder. Caught red-handed (or rather, full-cheeked?), the chipmunk freezes. It then proceeds to spit out all the seeds it had crammed into the expandable grocery bags attached to its face — which turn out to be astonishingly capacious.

It's a talent the animal is known for. A chipmunk's cheeks can stretch to be three times larger than its ...

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Q&A with Julie Payette

Posted by Thomas Hall in Science & Technology on Friday, May 27, 2016

Julie Payette looks through an overhead window while operating the Canadarm controls on the aft flight deck of Space Shuttle Endeavour. (Photo: NASA Shuttle Mission Imagery/Wikimedia Commons)

There are few things on earth as captivating as the night sky. Yet only a handful of humans have ever ventured off what Carl Sagan called a pale blue dot into that inky beyond. Julie Payette is one of them.

Today marks the 17th anniversary of the Canadian astronaut’s first mission into space. On that mission she was part of the first shuttle crew to dock with the International Space Station (ISS), and became the first Canadian to board the ISS.

Payette was recently named one of Canadian ...

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