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Coniferous trees lean at different angles in the snow

Thawing permafrost causes trees to lean, a phenomenon called a "drunken forest." (Photo: Mady Macdonald/Dreamstime.com)

Photo: Mady Macdonald/Dreamstime.com
Permafrost thaw is widespread, accelerating and irreversible. With it comes visible effects on the ecology, hydrology and landscapes, and communities of the North.
A person in a beekeeping suit takes a honey sample from a hive box in an urban garden

An apiarist from Hives for Humanity takes a honey sample from an urban hive in Vancouver. Researchers from the University of British Columbia analyzed honey samples from all over the city for the presence of trace pollutants such as lead. (Photo: M. Amini)

Photo: M. Amini
A study of honey from urban hives reveals much about Vancouver’s pollutants, past and present 
George Jacob awarded The Royal Canadian Geographical Society’s Kamookak Medal, San Francisco, Aquarium of the Bay, climate change, ocean conservation

George Jacob, President and CEO of San Francisco’s Bay Ecotarium, has been awarded the Louie Kamookak Medal of the RCGS. (Left: Bay Ecotarium; right: RCGS)

Photos: (left) RCGS; (right) Bay Ecotarium
Museum expert recognized for transformative work in cultural institutions and leadership on the ambitious Bay Ecotarium project in San Francisco
Floe edge polar bear, Nunavut

A polar bear on the sea ice close to the floe edge at Button Point, on the southeast corner of Bylot Island, Nunavut. (Photo: Françoise Gervais/Arctic Kingdom)

Photo: Françoise Gervais/Arctic Kingdom
Welcome to the sinaaq, or floe edge, where landfast ice meets open Arctic Ocean and species thrive
Nettilling Lake, Baffin Island, Nunavut

Nettilling Lake on the south end of Baffin Island in Nunavut is the largest freshwater ecosystem in the Canadian Arctic archipelago. (Photo: Reinhard Pienitz/Can Geo Photo Club)

Photo: Reinhard Pienitz/Can Geo Photo Club
How much do you know about Canada’s water — where it comes from and how it’s used?
A tiger shark

Millions of sharks are killed each year for their fins. A bill currently before the House of Commons proposes to ban the import and export of shark fins in Canada. (Photo: Albert Kok/Wikimedia Commons)

Photo: Albert Kok/Wikimedia Commons
Why I’m sponsoring a bill to ban the importation of shark fins to Canada
Arctic Frontiers conference 2019

Aili Keskitalo, the president of the Sami Parliament of Norway, speaks at the "State of the Arctic" session at the Arctic Frontiers conference in Tromsø, Norway. (Photo: Terje Mortensen/Arctic Frontiers 2019)

Arctic Frontiers conference 2019
The uncertainty and change that's currently disrupting the region dominated the annual meeting's agenda
Peel River Expedition 2019 aerial view of Wind River

An aerial view of the Wind River, the headwaters of the Peel River watershed in the Yukon. (Photo: David McGuffin)

Peel River Expedition 2019 aerial view of Wind River
David McGuffin shares insights from his daily log during his summer 2018 expedition retracing a legendary trek on the Yukon’s Peel River
A wall of colourful sponges and anemones in the American Bank Marine Protected Area

A wall of colourful sponges and anemones in the American Bank Marine Protected Area. (Photo: Canadian Scientific Submersible Facility/ROPOS, Oceana Canada and Fisheries and Oceans Canada)

Photo: Canadian Scientific Submersible Facility/ROPOS, Oceana Canada and Fisheries and Oceans Canada
Canada’s newest Marine Protected Area, Banc-des-Américains (American Bank), protects 1,000 square kilometres of important marine habitat off Quebec’s Gaspé Peninsula
Transient killer whale jumping

Transient killer whales might struggle if their prey base is cut in half. (Photo: Robert Pittman/NOAA)

Transient killer whale jumping
A controversial proposal to reopen the seal hunt in B.C. might boost numbers of chinook salmon, but at the expense of other marine mammals, says a UBC professor
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