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SDG 13: Climate Action

Birds and plastic pollution – A case study in Toronto

Birds and plastic pollution – A case study in Toronto

by Melina Damian, MES, Ontario Nature's Communications Coordinator When you think of a bird’s nest, what’s the first image that comes to mind? Probably a bunch of sticks and leaves bundled together – right? Unfortunately, for birds that live in urbanized areas, they often use anthropogenic debris (otherwise known as garbage) to build their nests.

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York-produced data helps to tell impactful stories

York-produced data helps to tell impactful stories

Fifty years ago the Club of Rome called for a transition from growth to equilibrium, as they demonstrated through The Limits to Growth that humanity could not sustain another hundred  years of growth in material consumption, pollution, and population.  Since then, humanity’s Ecological Footprint has doubled and overshot the planet’s carrying capacity. York University’s Ecological

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Knowledge co-production to address human-polar bear conflict in Southern Hudson Bay and James Bay

Knowledge co-production to address human-polar bear conflict in Southern Hudson Bay and James Bay

Polar bears in Ontario are at the southern limit of their species’ range. As part of the Southern Hudson Bay subpopulation, these roughly 800 bears migrate onto land when the sea ice of Hudson Bay melts completely each summer. On shore, polar bears primarily fast and rely on stored fat for energy. With increasing global

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Learning post-disturbance boreal recovery trajectories for backward prediction

Learning post-disturbance boreal recovery trajectories for backward prediction

by Philip Lynch Stand-replacing disturbances (i.e., harvesting, forest fires) in Canadian forests and recovery cycles cause highly dynamic landscapes, demanding continuous monitoring to characterize and observe ecological modification over time. Monitoring large-scale post-disturbance recovery by satellite remote sensing is a major research area in Canada. My research seeks to answer the question: What improvement do

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Slope gradient, soil texture, and ground vegetation affecting erosion in the Lovers Creek Ravine

Slope gradient, soil texture, and ground vegetation affecting erosion in the Lovers Creek Ravine

Lovers Creek is a notable subwatershed that is part of the Lake Simcoe watershed. It is one of several that pass through the City of Barrie’s residential areas in order to connect to Lake Simcoe. Sections of Lovers Creek are characterized by ravines that are regularly accompanied with recreational trails along the slopes or fields.

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Climate, conflict, and co-existence: Identifying the drivers of human-polar bear interaction in Southern Hudson Bay

Climate, conflict, and co-existence: Identifying the drivers of human-polar bear interaction in Southern Hudson Bay

The primary goal of this research is to reduce the risk of human-polar bear conflict. This will both reduce the risk of injury to people and reduce the number of polar bears killed in defense of life or property. Secondarily, the proposed research will contribute to broader management and conservation efforts in the region; identify

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Mark Terry receives Order of Vaughan

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. On Dec. 21, Vaughan Mayor Maurizio Bevilacqua honoured Terry for his

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Cop26: Youth Climate report

Cop26: Youth Climate report

In the morning, the project Youth Climate Report work was presented. - an interactive documentary film project with a digital map showing over 400 videos of climate research produced by young people from all over the world. The Youth Climate Report is an interactive documentary film project that has been going on since 2011. Where young

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How Ontario's cities can help address climate change and meet COP26 agreement goals

How Ontario's cities can help address climate change and meet COP26 agreement goals

In the days since nearly 200 countries signed on to a deal at COP26 in Scotland, experts in Toronto say cities and municipalities have an important role to play in addressing climate change. Nick Westoll reports. Interview with Prof Mark Winfield. By Nick Westoll Posted Nov 20, 2021, 9:06PM EST. It’s been a week since an agreement was

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