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Pre-incident planning key to estimating bird deaths caused by oil spills

Aquatic birds are the most visibly affected organisms in an oil spill and a key measure of the environmental damage caused by them, such as the large spill off the coast of Peru last month. But accurately estimating how many birds have been affected requires pre-incident planning, says new research. With almost 900,000 tonnes of oil released into aquatic environments annually, pre-incident planning

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EUC Seminar Series to discuss the Toronto Purchase

The Faculty of Environmental and Urban Change (EUC) Seminar Series Polishing the Chain: Treaty Relations in Toronto continues Monday, Feb. 14 from 12:30 to 2:30 p.m. to discuss “The So-Called Toronto Purchase.” This is the fifth seminar in the Polishing the Chain, 2021-2022 EUC Seminar Series. The event will welcome panel speakers Margaret Sault,

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What is clean electricity?

Ontario’s nuclear plan raises questions about what is “clean” energy and the need for open, evidence-based decision-making around net-zero pathways. by Mark Winfield,  Colleen Kaiser In December, Ontario Power Generation (OPG) announced it will work with GE Hitachi to develop a new 300MW nuclear power reactor at the provincially owned utility’s Darlington site.

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First Nations leaders demand equal partnership in Ottawa's 'broken' regional assessment for Ring of Fire

Environment minister asked to re-do terms of reference, with Friday deadline to respond Logan Turner · CBC News Canada's environment and climate change minister is under renewed pressure from a group of First Nation leaders in Treaty 9 to "start afresh" with the draft terms of reference for a regional impact assessment

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Research shows urban sprawl can be vertical or horizontal

Usually when people think of urban sprawl, it’s rows of houses spread out horizontally from a city centre, but in a new paper, York University researchers say vertical sprawl is equally an issue. Roger Keil Sprawl is tied to the lack of accessibility, how houses are commodified and financed, and

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Passings: University Professor Emeritus Paul Wilkinson

Tribute written by Professor Emeritus Ted Spence with University Professor Emeritus Bill Found and Anita McBride Paul Wilkinson Paul Wilkinson, University Professor Emeritus in the Faculty of Environmental and Urban Change, passed away on Dec. 19, 2021 at Sunnybrook Hospital ending a three-week stay following emergency surgery. He was predeceased by his

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EUC alumnus Andrés Jiménez Monge on finding birds and happiness

By Patricia Lane Andrés Jiménez Monge amplifies the voices of birds to elevate hope. As urban program co-ordinator for Birds Canada, he hosts podcasts profiling bird lovers and runs online courses empowering city dwellers to see and love the birds around them. His blog uses photography to tell stories of the wildlife

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Emeritus doesn’t translate to retired for ecological economist

Retirement is not slowing growth for Professor Emeritus Peter Victor; in fact, the ecological economist who is best known for his influential book Managing Without Growth, is busier than ever with a new book on economist Herman Daly and an active research agenda. By Elaine Smith Peter Victor may have stepped down from

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Ontario on track to see major increases in greenhouse gas emissions

Add pollution and costs from electricity generation to that list too By Mark WinfieldColleen Kaiser The Ontario Independent Electricity System Operator’s (IESO) Annual Planning Outlook report released last week contains some very bad news for Ontarians in terms of greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions, air quality, and future electricity costs. The directions laid out

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Mark Terry receives Order of Vaughan

Mark Terry, a York University graduate, a faculty member with the Faculty of Environmental and Urban Change, and a research Fellow with the Dahdaleh Institute for Global Health Research, is a recipient of the 2021 Order of Vaughan – the City of Vaughan’s highest civic honour. From left to right: Alice Hovorka,

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