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SDG 13: Climate Action

York instructor Mark Terry’s new documentary to screen at COP26

York instructor Mark Terry’s new documentary to screen at COP26

York University contract faculty member Mark Terry’s new documentary film, The Changing Face of Iceland, will screen at the 2021 United Nations Climate Change Conference (COP26) in Glasgow, Scotland, on Nov. 4. The United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) has selected The Changing Face of Iceland, the third instalment in Terry’s trilogy of polar documentaries focusing on the

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Election campaign featured big climate promises, but can the federal government deliver?

Election campaign featured big climate promises, but can the federal government deliver?

by Mark Winfield The outcome of the recent federal election — a Liberal minority dependent on the NDP or Bloc Québécois for support — has been widely seen as having a “Groundhog Day” aspect to it. It left the composition of Parliament very much as it was before, reinforcing questions about the necessity of the

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Tracking changes in permafrost thaw slumps between 2005 and 2017 on lakes in the Mackenzie Delta Uplands

Tracking changes in permafrost thaw slumps between 2005 and 2017 on lakes in the Mackenzie Delta Uplands

The Arctic is warming at more than double the global rate, increasing stress on landscapes and ecosystems. Permafrost, defined as ground that is continuously below 0°C for at least two consecutive years, is degrading rapidly in response to warming air temperatures and altered precipitation regimes, representing a formidable threat to the Arctic landscape.  Claire O’Hagan,

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Assessing forest disturbance and recovery with spatial and temporal structural morphology

Assessing forest disturbance and recovery with spatial and temporal structural morphology

Principal Investigator: Tarmo Remmel. Funding: NSERC Discovery Grant. Term: 2021-2026. The project is developing an explicit logic and corresponding software to extend morphological segmentation to depict a true 3D characterization of landscapes. Methods will be subject to sensitivity analysis and will be used to compare the effects and recovery of landscape processes such as fire,

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Drivers and consequences of individual specialization in an Arctic marine top predator

Drivers and consequences of individual specialization in an Arctic marine top predator

Principal Investigator: Gregory Thiemann Funding: NSERC Discovery Grant. Term: 2021-2026. The proposed research involves testing hypotheses around the environmental drivers and ecological consequences of individual specialization, using the polar bear (Ursus maritimus) as a model species and target for conservation. As a long­-lived top predator in a dynamic habitat, polar bears demonstrate several characteristics that

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Indigenous Climate Change Futures: Envisioning Well-Being with the Earth

Indigenous Climate Change Futures: Envisioning Well-Being with the Earth

Principal Investigator: Deborah McGregor/Co-Investigator: Lisa Myers. Funding: SSHRC Insight Grant. Term: 2021-2025. The project aims to define what it means to "live well" from a self-determined Indigenous perspective. Building on previous SSHRC-funded research, the project team will focus specifically on the Anishinaabek concept of mino-mnaamodzawin (well-being with all life) as aframework for envisioning Indigenous-derived climate

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5 ways Norway leads and Canada lags on climate action

5 ways Norway leads and Canada lags on climate action

As major oil and gas producers and exporters, Norway and Canada share a particular responsibility for confronting the planet’s existential climate threat. However, their different political, economic and cultural features have resulted in major differences in their climate policy track records. Overall, Norway is a leader on climate change performance and Canada is a laggard. The 2021 Climate

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Canada announces single-use plastic ban in effect as early as 2021

Canada announces single-use plastic ban in effect as early as 2021

Canadian Minister of Environment and Climate Change Jonathan Wilkinson announced on  October 7 that Canada will be banning many single-use plastics by 2021, as a means of achieving the country’s goal of producing zero plastic waste by 2030. Among the soon-to-be banned items are: plastic straws, plastic cutlery, plastic grocery bags, six-pack rings for beverages, stir sticks,

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We’ve already used up the Earth’s supply of resources for this year

We’ve already used up the Earth’s supply of resources for this year

By Marc Montgomery | english@rcinet.ca You probably never noticed, but last week we used up all the resources that can be renewed annually by the Earth. That means we’re now spending more than we earn environmentally, so to speak. Last Saturday was Earth Overshoot Day, or as they put it on the website, it’s the date “when humanity’s

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