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Crucial Atlantic salmon habitat in New Brunswick now protected

Posted by Alexandra Pope in Nature on Wednesday, June 29, 2016

The Nature Conservancy of Canada has protected five kilometres of waterfront along the Bartholomew River, a tributary of the Miramichi River and significant Atlantic salmon spawning ground. (Photo: Mike Dembeck)

The Nature Conservancy of Canada has protected more than 800 hectares of forested land adjacent to New Brunswick's Bartholomew River, an important spawning ground for at-risk Atlantic salmon.

The acquisition represents the largest private-land conservation project in the province's history and creates a continuous corridor of protected land between two tributaries of the Miramichi River, one of the biggest producers of wild Atlantic salmon in North America.

Atlantic salmon numbers have been ...

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Map shows climate change is greening the Arctic

Posted by Alexandra Pope in Mapping on Wednesday, June 29, 2016

NASA compiled 29 years of satellite data to create this map showing the greening of the North American Arctic over time. Green pixels represent areas where peak summertime vegetation has become thicker, while brown pixels indicate a decline in vegetation. (Map: NASA's Goddard Space Flight Center/Cindy Starr)

NASA has produced the most detailed picture to date of the widespread "greening" of the Arctic as a result of climate change.

The map above used data from more than 87,000 images collected over a period of 29 years by NASA's Landsat satellites and clearly shows that the North American Arctic tundra is beginning to resemble warmer ecosystems.

The satellites measured peak summertime vegetation cover, using the amount of visible and infrared light reflected by the grasses, shrubs and trees ...

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Gear Review: Taking the XShot Pro Pole for a spin

Posted by Alexandra Pope in Product reviews on Tuesday, June 28, 2016

The XShot line of extendable camera arms and accessories is a product of and for the YouTube generation. As a still photographer who prefers to be behind the camera, I was skeptical about the usefulness of an item whose primary purpose is to enable you to film yourself in action and share your daring exploits with the world.

Still, I brought the XShot Pro Pole for GoPro with me to California in June on assignment for Canadian Geographic Travel, where I was to take part in a variety of outdoor ...

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Photos: Inside York University's EcoCampus in Costa Rica

Posted by Kal Romain in The RCGS on Tuesday, June 28, 2016

Professor Ravi de Costa of York University presents a lecture on the petroglyphs (stone carvings) in Costa Rica's Alexander Skutch Biological Reserve. The petroglyphs have existed for more than 1,500 years, and their symbolism is open to interpretation: their meaning has been lost through the evolution of oral culture. (Photo courtesy Kal Romain)

In May 2016, 30 students from York University's Faculty of Environmental Studies travelled to Costa Rica to participate in weeks of field courses based out of the Lillian Meighen Wright Centre, the new main facility in the Toronto university's Las Nubes rainforest EcoCampus. The centre's focus is collaborative education and research on neotropical conservation, eco-health, community well-being and the sustainable livelihoods of those who live and work in the area, and students take part in hands-on, ...

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Most of Canada's marine fish stocks are unhealthy: report

Posted by Vanessa Hrvatin in Nature on Tuesday, June 28, 2016

A recent report produced by Oceana Canada found the fishing industry is dependent on a handful of species, and that this lack of diversification is unsustainable. (Image courtesy Oceana Canada)

Canada’s seafood industry is at its peak—economically that is.

A recent report produced by Oceana Canada—titled Here’s the Catch: How to Restore Abundance to Canada’s Oceans—is considered the most up-to-date and comprehensive analysis of Canada’s fish stocks, and sheds light on some of the less than desirable aspects of the fishing industry.

The main issue unveiled by the report is that less than 25 per cent of Canada’s marine fish are considered healthy, and the status of 45 per cent of ...

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