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Luckily, these attacks are still rare.
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Canada's marine territorial waters measure 5.75 million square kilometres, equivalent to the combined area of India and Greenland. Collectively, Canada's coasts of the Atlantic, Pacific and Arctic Oceans are more than 243,000 kilometres in length -- the longest of any country in the world.
Like many doom-mongers before him, Al Gore's predictions of impending disaster have fallen somewhat short of the mark -- a point to keep in mind as his Inconvenient Sequel hits theatres this summer. Take it all with a grain of salt.
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Polar bear with cubs (Photo by U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service/Wikimedia Commons) Every day, millions of mothers around the world work tirelessly to protect and provide for their young. This Mother's D...
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One of the most powerful tools of nature conservation in the 21st century is our ability to put the protection of Canadian species into a global context. By documenting Canadian species that are not just rare in Canada, but rare everywhere, we can better understand the role of Canadian conservation efforts in preventing global species extinctions.
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You don't want to get too close to these massive predators.
We are currently embroiled in a mass-extinction event and, by 2025, up to a fifth of our known wildlife species will be lost. Don't worry, this post isn't like the last ten minutes of a wildlife documentary where they tell you that all the lovely animals that you have been enjoying are about to die, and it's your fault.
"Its fate is not determined by the stars, but by our willingness and ability to address climate change."
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Grizzly bears and their polar counterparts might be getting down and dirty up north, and climate change could be their matchmaker. Experts say sightings of a hybrid bear, known as a grolar or pizzly,...
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There's no denying that Canada is huge, so you'd be forgiven for not quite knowing how to begin exploring it. For one thing, the choices seem limitless. And frequently, the only cities on our radar are those ranking in the top spots for best quality of life. So what about the more adventurous pursuits?
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Polar bears are facing a dire situation for several reasons, and we have the numbers to illustrate exactly how potentially tragic things could be if we don't change things soon. Here's some facts on the status of polar bears today, and why action to reverse climate change is so important for this species.
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The number of documented cases in Churchill has jumped from 229 in 2013 to 351 last year.
Polar bears are spending longer periods in the summer and fall open-water season resting along Arctic coastlines due to thinning and retreating sea ice. Cut off from seals, their primary food source, these bears scavenge food and are sometimes attracted to communities by odours from country (hunted) food and general human waste.
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And the results are stunning.
To most Canadians, the Arctic is a faraway and mysterious place. It's a romantic piece of our history and identity. That wildness and cold is something we're proud of, but we don't know much about. It should play a bigger role in our consciousness. The Arctic makes up almost 40 per cent of Canada's landmass and two-thirds of our coastline.
Signs of serious trouble began a decade ago in Churchill, Man.
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It's been a big year for babies at the Toronto Zoo!
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From ski hills to saw mills, how lives are already being affected.
The risk to individual species is only part of the challenge: underlying changes to land-based and marine ecosystems that are threatening these species are serious, and have the potential for massive impacts on people and our planet. People are threatened species. We are at risk.
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Populations elsewhere — in Alaska, Russia, Norway and around Hudson Bay, northern Quebec and Newfoundland and Labrador — are likely to decrease or greatly decrease by the year 2050.
"The polar bear is coming into contact with species they have not been used to meeting until now."
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Recently released documents indicate the federal government has reservations about restricting international trade in endangered species — more of them than almost any other government on Earth.The pa...
Inuit live among polar bears. So it baffles me when well-meaning people who have never seen a polar bear outside a zoo or cruise ship or glass-walled buggy seek to impose rules to govern how Inuit interact with bears, to determine how we should engage in a cycle of life that has allowed both Inuit and polar bears to survive for thousands of years.
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A Nunavut village has effectively cancelled door-to-door trick-or-treating over safety concerns as polar bears make their way into the community this fall. Instead, the Hamlet of Arviat is holding a...
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When it comes to healthy eating, polar bears break all the rules. They eat mostly fat, but they don't get heart disease the way humans would. Scientists said the Thursday in journal Cell that the reas...
What's more adorable than one polar bear cub snuggling with its mama? Two — no wait, twins. Munich's Hellabrunn Zoo revealed twin polar bear cubs for their first public viewing on Wednesday. The 14-w...
You don't have to go very far to see "the polar bear capital of the world" any more. What used to require a trip to Churchill, Man., a town known for some of the largest polar bear gatherings around...
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Google Maps users can now virtually trek across the frozen tundra outside Churchill, Man., and spy on the local residents, who weren't shy about posing for the cameras.Known as the "Polar Bear Capital...
Sixty years ago, people in this community lived in igloos. Now, community members are being forced to go and get jobs to pay for the expensive grocery store food shipped in from across the globe. In Williams' view, food from the land keeps the community strong and is much healthier.
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This time last year, the world watched as the Arctic melt hit a record low and more ice disappeared than ever before. On September 15 Greenpeace has called for an international day of action to bring together the millions of people who have spoken up to protect the Arctic. Large-scale, family friendly bike rides -- we call them Ice Rides -- are being organized across the globe.
When push comes to shove, polar bears will push back. Guests aboard the M/S Expedition cruise ship caught a glimpse of a polar bear cub as the ship was passing through the Norwegian islands of Svalbar...