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Illustration: Mary Sanche/Can Geo

Illustration: Mary Sanche/Can Geo
When it comes to reducing greenhouse gas emissions, habitats themselves can be critical allies
Tiny plastic particles on a fingertip

A clump of tiny plastics on a finger. Microscopic fragments of plastic were found in almost every sample taken in the Eastern Canadian Arctic as part of a recent study. (Photo: iStock)

Photo: iStock
A team of Canadian researchers has found evidence that microplastics and microfibers have infiltrated Arctic ecosystems, but the source of these tiny fragments is still unclear

Woven from straws, water bottle lids, tampon applicators, miscellaneous strapping and bits of toys, these sculptures are made from plastic gathered from Toronto’s Humber Bay shore, just east of the mouth of the Humber River. (Artwork by Rebecca Jane Houston)

Artwork: Rebecca Jane Houston
Five new works commissioned by Canadian Geographic offer eye-catching and compelling commentary on the impact of plastic on our planet
snake curled up on sticks

Massasauga rattlesnakes are listed as threatened by both the Committee on the Status of Endangered Wildlife in Canada and the federal Species at Risk Act (Photo: Wildlife Preservation Canada)

Photo: Wildlife Preservation Canada
You’ve heard of snakes on a plane, but what about snakes in tubes? 
Dolf and Anne Wynia in their forest

Dolf and Anne Wynia walk among trees they planted on their 12-hectare Norfolk County farm in 2005 as part of a federal government program to convert underused farmland to forest. (Photo: Peter Kuitenbrouwer)

Photo: Peter Kuitenbrouwer
In 2005, a federal government program aimed to convert underused farmland into forests to capture carbon dioxide. How have these ‘Forest 2020’ projects fared? 

Marc and Krista Schurman, owners of Atlantic Grown Organics in Kensington, P.E.I., are the first in Canada to heat their greenhouse entirely with locally-sourced biomass. (Photo: Marc Schurman)

Photo: Marc Schurman
A P.E.I. farming family has become the first in Canada to heat their greenhouse operation entirely with biomass energy

Lord Ashcroft is a businessman, author, philanthropist and politician from the U.K., and a Fellow of the Royal Canadian Geographical Society. His new book is Unfair Game: An Exposé of South Africa’s Captive-Bred Lion Industry. (Photo courtesy Lord Ashcroft)

Photo courtesy Lord Ashcroft
Lord Ashcroft’s new book Unfair Game: An Exposé of South Africa’s Captive-Bred Lion Industry describes shocking revelations from a year-long investigation into captive-bred lion farming in South Africa

Renowned river conservationist Mark Angelo and a group of youngsters release fish into B.C.’s Guichon Creek. (Photo courtesy Mark Angelo)

Photo courtesy Mark Angelo
Mark Angelo, founder of BC Rivers Day and World Rivers Day, shares insights on his love of rivers, his forthcoming film and what can be done to protect the planet’s waterways
mountain ridge snow trees

Northward-facing slopes may be cooler than those that face south (Photo: John Meikle/WCS Canada)

Photo: John Meikle/WCS Canada
A major research project from the University of Alberta outlines pockets of Canada's boreal forest that may give wildlife more time and space to adjust to a changing climate
Toronto Zoo researchers using the Clam Counter app

Toronto Zoo researchers using the Clam Counter app, a citizen science app used for freshwater mussel identification and reporting. The app was launched in 2017. (Photo: The Toronto Zoo)

Photo: The Toronto Zoo
A new study finds zoos and aquariums in Canada are publishing more peer-reviewed research, but there is still more to be done
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