People & Society

New CCGS Sir John Franklin Gets Frosty Reception
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A new Canadian research ship will be named after John Franklin—but is that really a good idea?

Forget Fiberglass, This Surfing Champion Rides Reeds
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An ancient Peruvian tradition of building and paddling reed boats is kept alive by a small group of fishermen, including Juninho Urcia, a...

In South Africa, Colonialism Was Written on Stone
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An ocher painting of a ship from the early 18th century serves as a visual reminder of the clash between indigenous peoples and settlers.

He’s Got the Whole Coast in His Hand
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One-of-a-kind handheld maps of Greenland are an early example of the intimate relationship the Inuit have with their landscape.

How High Schoolers’ Hacks Fixed a Whale Snot-Collecting Drone
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SnotBot got a boost from teen roboticists. 

Return of the Mummers
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The people of Newfoundland and Labrador revive an eccentric tradition that’s part Christmas, part Halloween, to celebrate the holidays.

The Clam That Sank a Thousand Ships
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These infamous clams are invading new areas, buoyed by climate change and the 2011 tsunami in Japan.

Five Fishy Cases of Seafood Fraud
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Fancy some fake caviar, imaginary fish, and sushi made from an endangered species?

An Act of Forgiveness Fuels a Fight in the Arctic
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Greenpeace and movie stars mend fences with a Nunavut hamlet as it heads to the Canadian Supreme Court.

The Questionable Science of Vancouver’s Port Expansion
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A flawed environmental impact assessment may have consequences for the western sandpiper.

Battling the Dike Mafia
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A renegade biologist is challenging a millennium of German dike-building tradition.

The 6,000-Year-Old Village
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Traditional knowledge meets Western science on the central coast of British Columbia. 

New Coastal Books for Curious Kids
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Choose downtime over screen time during the holidays with engaging reads that explore diversity in coastal environments and in people.

The Dark Side of Lighthouses
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Mouthfuls of molten lead, wild weather, and insanity: the occupational hazards of an early lighthouse keeper.

Europe’s Race to Save Its Rice
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Biologists are trying to breed a salt- and snail-resistant line of European rice.

Book Review: How to Read Water
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A poetic treatise on the art of natural navigation.

Weapons of War Litter the Ocean Floor
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At least one million tonnes of chemical weapons were dumped in the oceans between 1919 and 1980. Now what?

New Research Offers a Wider View on Indigenous North American Whaling
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Additional early North American societies may have been whale hunters, not just scavengers. 

Book Review: Finding Franklin
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Teasing the fate of Sir John Franklin’s expedition from the frozen Arctic has been an obsession of searchers since 1854.

New Research Assuages Some Worries About Mosquito Net Fishing
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Fishing with mosquito nets is widespread, but potentially less destructive than thought. 

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