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Video of the Week: Beautiful belugas frolic in the High Arctic

Posted by Alexandra Pope in Wildlife on Friday, November 27, 2015

Every summer, hundreds of beluga whales gather in the shallow waters of Cunningham Inlet off Nunavut's Somerset Island to breed, socialize and feast on the abundant marine life.

The opportunity to see these majestic creatures up close attracts dozens of visitors to the Weber family's Arctic Watch Wilderness Lodge on Somerset every year, but for those who can't make it to the Arctic, there's this stunning film by Nansen Weber.

Using a drone-mounted camera, Weber was able to capture unprecedented ...

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Throwback Thursday: Sleuthing Toronto's smog

Posted by Sabrina Doyle in History on Thursday, November 26, 2015

Opening image from the award-winning feature "Smog Sleuth" in the May/June 2003 issue of Canadian Geographic. Read the full story here.

Canadian Geographic has published its fair share of stories about the environment. But with the UN Climate Change Conference just around the corner, we decided to look back at one of our award-winning pieces.

“Smog Sleuth”, a feature story in the May/June 2003 issue of Canadian Geographic, won Gold prize in the National Magazine Awards for Health & Medicine the year it was published [Read it here]. It tells the story of Tom Hutchinson, one of Canada’s leading ecologists, as he hunts down the ...

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11 kid-friendly facts about Canada

Posted by Aaron Kylie in Community on Thursday, November 26, 2015

“The aquarium in my province has more sharks than the aquarium in your province.” That’s unlikely to be a taunt heard in a Canadian schoolyard, but given the appetite of youngsters for bigger and better things and besting their chums, it could be possible if they read my new book Canadian Geographic Canada for Kids: 1000 Awesome Facts.

In this tome I’ve collected the biggest and best, firsts and amazing feats of Canada and Canadians that are sure to entertain children of all ages — or start ...

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Five of the strangest mountains in space

Posted by Michela Rosano in Science & Technology on Thursday, November 26, 2015

Equatorial ridge, Iapetus (Saturn moon). (Photo: NASA/Wikimedia Commons)

Mountains on earth are impressive, sure. But space mountains? Now they’re a whole different ballgame. Recently, NASA scientists identified two mountains on the surface of Pluto that towered nearly 6.5 kilometres into the atmosphere and likely spewed ice instead of lava. But that’s far from the most unusual peak to pop up in our solar system. Here are a few of the most otherworldly landmarks that have been discovered in space.

Picard and Wright Mons, Pluto
The two peaks were discovered by scientists ...

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UN says 2015 likely to be hottest year on record

Posted by Alexandra Pope in Nature on Wednesday, November 25, 2015

2015 global temperature anomalies, January-October. (Map: World Meteorological Organization)

The World Meteorological Organization has declared that 2015 is likely to be the warmest year on record — and it’s not even over yet.

In a report issued Wednesday — just days before the start of the UN Climate Change Conference in Paris — the WMO said the combination of a strong El Niño pattern in the Pacific Ocean and human-caused global warming is likely to result in the warmest global average surface temperature ever recorded.

Preliminary data from January to October shows that the global ...

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