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Chinese rover investigates ‘cube’ on far side of the moon

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A photograph of a cube-like object captured by a Chinese rover on the far side of the moon has fanned speculation over what it could be.

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Japanese fashion tycoon blasts off for International Space Station

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A Japanese billionaire and his producer rocketed to space Wednesday as the first self-paying space tourists in more than a decade.

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Climate change could cost billions in additional building maintenance: report

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Climate change could cost Ontario’s provincial and municipal governments up to $116 billion by the end of this century, according to a new report from the province’s accountability officer.

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How to catch your once-in-a-lifetime look at Comet Leonard

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Your once-in-a-lifetime chance to see a green comet named C/2021 A1 (a.k.a. Leonard) is here. Astronomy experts, including the comet’s discoverer, offer some tips on when and how to see the comet.

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Retreating glaciers could create new salmon habitat, B.C. study shows

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The retreat of glaciers in the Pacific mountains of British Columbia and Alaska could produce thousands of kilometres of potential new salmon habitat, a study led by researchers at Simon Fraser University shows.

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Archaeologist whose research in Yukon made waves in science world remembered

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Jacques Cinq-Mars, a man perhaps best known for his research in some of the more remote parts of the Yukon, has died. His son, a colleague and a resident of Old Crow, where a large portion of his work took place, share their memories of Cinq-Mars.

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What is the N.W.T. doing to protect its ‘globally significant’ peatlands?

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Tom Lakusta, the manager of forest resources at the Department of Environment and Natural Resources, said the territory is studying the impact wildfires have on carbon that’s been collecting in the ground for thousands of years.

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DFO closely monitoring North Atlantic right whales off Newfoundland

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The department is keeping a close eye out after several North Atlantic right whales were spotted off northern Newfoundland last month.

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Meet the latest threat to Ontario’s forests — and it’s lurking just off shore

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It’s quiet, it’s deadly, and it’s half a kilometre from the Canadian border.

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N.W.T. peatlands store 24 billion tonnes of carbon and are worth protecting, experts say

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An Indigenous environmentalist and an ecosystems scientist say the N.W.T. has a responsibility for protecting its peatlands, because they store a significant amount of carbon that will increase climate change if its released into the atmosphere.

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The science says there’s no difference between a dry or a wet cold. Sorry

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Each winter, the debate of dry cold vs wet cold rages on. But does the humidity actually make a difference? Turns out, it doesn’t.

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Banned for decades, releasing oilsands tailings water is now on the horizon

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Tailing ponds have been growing for decades because it’s been illegal to release their toxic water. Now, the federal government has begun developing regulations to allow oilsands operators in northern Alberta to begin releasing treated tailings water back into the environment. Currently, companies must store any water used to extract oil during the mining process because it becomes toxic.

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Total solar eclipse brings darkness to Antarctic summer

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Video released by NASA shows a total solar eclipse as seen from Western Antarctica on Saturday.

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Warmest fall on record for many Kivalliq communities set to break next week as winds shift

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The unusually warm weather hanging over the Kivalliq region of Nunavut is poised to end this weekend, but the lingering effects of the hottest fall on record for many communities have yet to be seen.

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Concerns raised by salmon group over discoveries of farmed fish in East Coast rivers

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Research suggests cross-breeding can damage the wild stocks’ long-term health.

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Injectable gels could help repair heart tissue and spinal cord injuries

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Bob McDonald’s blog: Advanced new bioengineered materials could be used to help help difficult-to-repair tissues heal.

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Fish farm firm Cermaq Canada fined $500,000 for B.C. diesel spill

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A fish farming company has been fined $500,000 for a spill that sent more than 500 litres of diesel pouring into the waters near Campbell River, B.C.

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N.L. wants to double oil production by 2030. But could demand soon dry up?

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Demand for Canadian oil exports could evaporate within 15 years, according to a recent study published in Nature Energy.

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3 privately owned, commercial space stations get NASA funding

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NASA announced on Thursday it has awarded $415.6 million US to billionaire Jeff Bezos’ Blue Origin, stalwart contractor Northrop Grumman Corp and venture-backed Nanoracks to develop privately owned and operated commercial space stations.

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How Indigenous pipeline resistance keeps emissions in the ground

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In this week’s issue of our environment newsletter, we explore how Indigenous resistance is keeping carbon emissions out of the atmosphere and learn that there is a pecking order among birds when it comes to being fed.

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Polytechnique Montreal’s ‘White Rose’ winner encourages female-led fight against climate change

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By promoting better representation of women in engineering and keeping the fight against climate change at the heart of her goals, Willow Dew was awarded the seventh edition of Polytechnique Montréal’s Order of the White Rose scholarship.

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UN resolution calling on ships to use cleaner fuel in Arctic a good first step to cut emissions, experts say

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The United Nations’ International Maritime Organization has adopted a voluntary measure calling for the use of cleaner fuels by ships operating in the Arctic to encourage the reduction of black carbon emissions from shipping in the region.

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UN resolution to reduce black carbon hailed as ‘good first step’ for Arctic

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The United Nations’ International Maritime Organization has adopted a voluntary measure calling for the use of cleaner fuels by ships operating in the Arctic, to encourage the reduction of black carbon emissions in Arctic shipping.

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Oil and gas industry must pay for abandoned well cleanup, new Alberta rules say

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Alberta’s oil and gas regulator has rolled out new rules aimed at addressing the growing problem of inactive and abandoned wells in the province, but critics say the industry should be forced to do even more to clean up after itself.

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$2.6M road project abandoned to protect frog, now Quebec advocates want damage undone

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The municipal construction project, more than a decade in the making, was brought to a screeching halt by federal decree late last month to protect the western chorus frog, a threatened species under the Species at Risk Act.

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Aging accelerates for frogs and toads in warmer climates, study finds

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A new study has found that higher temperatures mean faster aging and shorter lifespans for frogs and toads. That adds to evidence that cold-blooded animals may face accelerated aging and a shortened lifespan as climate change heats up the Earth.

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Rare white sperm whale — like Moby Dick — captured on video

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A sperm whale with the same rare colouring as the fictional Moby Dick has been spotted off the coast of Jamaica.

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570-million-year-old fossils discovered in St. John’s. Think you can find more?

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The boulders lining Quidi Vidi lake showcase some of the oldest signs of life anywhere in the world, according to Memorial University earth sciences professor Duncan McIlroy.

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Ottawa wastewater researchers monitoring omicron variant

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The scientists watching Ottawa’s wastewater for COVID-19 say the new variant hasn’t escaped their testing and they’re starting to collect data about how prevalent it may be in the community.

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Arctic could see more rain than snow in 30 years, study suggests

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There could be more rainfall than snow in the Arctic in as little as 30 years because of the world’s changing climate, according to a new study that predicts the transition will happen decades earlier than previously anticipated.

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University of Alberta study aims to unravel ‘long COVID’ mysteries still puzzling researchers

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Researchers from the University of Alberta are trying to better understand the health symptoms that persist long after COVID-19 infections have cleared. 

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Severe storm hits B.C.’s already soaked South Coast

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Another atmospheric river has hit B.C., bringing heavy rains and strong winds to an area of the province that has seen unprecedented weather over the past two weeks.

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Modular nuclear reactors a ‘long shot’ worth studying, says Yukon gov’t

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The Yukon government is looking for ways to reduce the territory’s emissions, and wondering if nuclear power is one way to go. Meanwhile, critics call small reactors an expensive and unrealistic “nuclear fantasy.”

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Deer with Christmas lights in its antlers catches residents’ attention in Okotoks, Alta.

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A deer in Okotoks, Alta., is showing off its Christmas spirit after some string lights got caught on its antlers.

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Weather and climate are not the same thing. Here’s why that is important

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Ever had that uncomfortable conversation with a friend or a loved one who uses weather and climate interchangeably to try and describe why climate change is bunk? We’ve got you covered.

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Fraser Valley farmers won’t know for weeks how floodwaters have affected prized soil

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Images of oil, garbage and jerry cans drifting through the water create the immediate impression of an agricultural nightmare, but experts say it will be weeks until assessments can confirm exactly what damage might have been done to some of the most fertile farmland in the province.

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As critics warn of genetic ‘surveillance’, RCMP explores use of DNA matching in criminal probes

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The RCMP says it’s reviewing the legitimacy of using genetic genealogy to solve cases, but is still using the controversial DNA matching technique in the meantime.

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Helium shortages leave some western Canadian universities scrambling

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Researchers at the University of Alberta are struggling with a helium shortage, which could potentially put scientific research in jeopardy — and put equipment at risk of damage.

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Offshore wind farms could make Nova Scotia an ‘energy-exporting region’

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Natural gas platforms near Sable Island, N.S., were dismantled and removed years ago, but someday the shallow shelf in the North Atlantic could once again produce energy: renewable energy from offshore wind turbines.

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Extreme wildfire weather increasing around the globe, research says

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New research suggests the risk of extreme wildfire events is increasing across the globe, with some of the largest increases in Western Canada.