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Majority of polar bear populations on course to vanish by end of century

In the News   |   July 21, 2020

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As climate change disproportionately warms the Arctic, the future looks increasingly bleak for one of the region’s most iconic species, an international team of researchers has found. Specifically, if greenhouse gas emissions remain unchecked, “then... read more

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Growing Arctic waves set to menace coasts, scientists say

In the News   |   July 8, 2020

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As summer sea ice disappears in the far north due to climate change, massive swells are expected to roil Canada’s Arctic waters later this century with potentially dire consequences for coastal communities and burgeoning shipping... read more

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Canadian Arctic awash in microplastics, study finds

Articles of Interest   |   June 18, 2020

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Canada’s Arctic waters are widely contaminated by microplastics – minuscule particles and fibres that come from plastic debris that has broken down and remains in the environment with unknown effects. In the first large-scale survey... read more

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Climate change could leave billions in areas unsuitable for human life

In the News   |   May 5, 2020

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From penguins to possums, every species on Earth lives within a geographic range that is largely defined by climate – a comfort zone outside of which individual members of the species are rarely encountered. So,... read more

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On Earth Day, photographer Edward Burtynsky reflects on our duty as stewards of nature

Articles of Interest   |   April 22, 2020

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The Canadian artist writes that ‘the global call to action against COVID-19 is a test run for our inevitable fight with climate change – and that time is looming’ Edward Burtynsky is an internationally renowned... read more

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What’s happening to the Arctic’s vanishing glaciers? As melting speeds up, we’ll find out soon

Discussion Topics   |   April 15, 2020

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The North is melting five times faster than it was before 2005, with alarming implications for global sea levels, Indigenous people and Arctic ecosystems. When federal scientists working in the High Arctic began monitoring a... read more

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Nearly two-thirds of North American bird species under survival threat due to climate change: Audubon society

Discussion Topics   |   April 13, 2020

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Nearly two-thirds of all bird species in North America will be at an increased risk of extinction if the world does not act to reign in climate change, a new report has found. Among the... read more

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Canada to release list of proposed banned plastic products in months, minister says

Discussion Topics   |   April 9, 2020

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Environment Minister Jonathan Wilkinson says Ottawa is on track to meet its 2021 target for regulations banning certain single-use plastics, which he said would likely include bags and straws. In an interview with The Globe... read more

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Flood thy neighbour: As spring arrives, higher Great Lakes water levels pit communities against each other

In the News   |   April 2, 2020

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Recent floods remade the world Kristin Basso once knew. She’s lived for 40 years at a farm on Lake Ontario in the northwestern part of Prince Edward County that includes a beach path for horse... read more

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21st century crucial for humanity and the planet: Sir Martin Rees

Discussion Topics   |   April 1, 2020

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Earth has been around for about 45 million centuries but, according to astrophysicist and author Sir Martin Rees, the century we’re living in is different in a crucial way. For the first time, a single... read more

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The great transformation: How to achieve a ‘Green New Deal’ for Canada

In the News   |   March 20, 2020

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The world is running out of time to avert a climate catastrophe, but businesses have the technology to lighten our carbon footprint, and young people have the political will to make that happen. Does Canada... read more

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How to save life on Earth

Lesson Plans   |   March 19, 2020

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This article explores the context, nature and requirements for a “Green New Deal” for Canada. (Jeremy Rifkin is the author of The Green New Deal: Why the Fossil Fuel Civilization Will Collapse by 2028, and the... read more

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How the power of the purse can fight climate change

Lesson Plans   |   March 19, 2020

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This article examines some of the initiatives that Starbucks is taking to address climate change and goes on to explore some of the reasons for these moves. In an associated February 18 story entitled Tim... read more

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Ottawa moving too slow with climate plan, business and environmental groups say

In the News   |   February 27, 2020

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The government has no timeline to finalize its net-zero emissions policies, but it plans to establish a consultation panel for the target before the summer – a pace that is too slow for business and... read more

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