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With more species at risk than resources to save them, conservationists face hard choices

Many species are dying out, and there aren’t enough resources to save them all. How do we start a conversation about what to save, and how much we're willing to pay for it?

We can forecast the hurricanes. Can we figure out how to forecast their floods?

A new technique measures how much the ground is pressed down by flood waters.

The Sahara's wind and sun could power the world — and turn the desert green

Large scale wind and solar farms in the Sahara desert would lead to more rain and vegetation.

What happens when opioids are released into the environment?

Opioids have been detected in ecosystems at similar concentrations to other pharmaceuticals excreted by humans, like birth control hormones and antibiotics.

Elephant families are very like ours, according to the filmmakers of 'The Elephant Queen'

A new documentary traces the family life of a herd of elephants through environmental crisis

The Gulf of St. Lawrence is running out of oxygen thanks to climate change

Shifting currents is bringing oxygen poor water to the deepest parts of the gulf

The Sahara's wind and sun could power the world — and turn the desert green

Large scale wind and solar farms in the Sahara desert would lead to more rain and vegetation.

Octopuses on ecstasy: The party drug leads to eight-armed hugs

Octopuses and humans respond very similarly to MDMA, the drug popularly known as ecstasy.

We can forecast the hurricanes. Can we figure out how to forecast their floods?

A new technique measures how much the ground is pressed down by flood waterstk
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Easy does it: the tricky job of landing on an asteroid

A Japanese spacecraft is deploying landers on a tiny asteroid — it's harder than it looks.

Sept 22, 2018, Hurricane floods move the earth, octopuses on ecstasy, greening the Sahara and more…

Gulf of St. Lawrence gasping for air, an elephant queen, and what happens to flushed opioids

Easy does it: the tricky job of landing on an asteroid

A Japanese spacecraft is deploying landers on a tiny asteroid — it's harder than it looks

The Sahara's wind and sun could power the world, and turn the desert green

Large scale wind and solar farms in the Sahara desert would lead to more rain and vegetation.

Octopuses on ecstasy: The party drug leads to eight-armed hugs

Octopuses and humans respond very similarly to MDMA, the drug popularly known as ecstasy

Will the water be too warm for fish to spawn? Studying climate change and Arctic char

A researcher studying Arctic char in Nunavut attracts a following of hungry bears, wolves and Arctic fox.

Digging deep in a beluga whale's belly looking for plastic pollution

A young researcher investigates whether the Arctic whales are contaminated with microplastic

The moment they arrived, the volcano began exploding

An active volcano in Peru provides one Canadian researcher with the experience of a lifetime.

When the Soviets held superiority in space: Bob McDonald

Bob recounts his visit to some of the sites of the early Soviet space program.

The moment they arrived, the volcano began exploding

An active volcano in Peru provides one Canadian researcher with the experience of a lifetime

Digging deep in a beluga whale's belly looking for plastic pollution

A young researcher investigates whether the Arctic whales are contaminated with microplastic
Bob McDonald's blog

When the Soviets held superiority in space

Bob recounts his visit to some of the sites of the early Soviet space program
Bob McDonald's blog

When the Soviets held superiority in space

Bob recounts his visit to some of the sites of the early Soviet space program.

Will the water be too warm for fish to spawn? Studying climate change and Arctic char

A researcher studying Arctic char in Nunavut attracts a following of hungry bears, wolves and Arctic fox.

The moment they arrived, the volcano began exploding

An active volcano in Peru provides one Canadian researcher with the experience of a lifetime

Digging deep in a beluga whale's belly looking for plastic pollution

A young researcher investigates whether the Arctic whales are contaminated with microplastic