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SDG 13: Climate Action

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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The social life of flooding in Jakarta

The social life of flooding in Jakarta

The issues around flooding have increasingly received attention in a variety of fields, and Jakarta has been a primary case study for a lot of researchers including Abidin Kusno, professor and director at the York Centre for Asian Research. Existing research has significantly contributed to our understanding of the inadequate institutional, organizational and individual capacities for flood

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Sustainable food security in the northern Ghana

Sustainable food security in the northern Ghana

Historical models show that Ghana’s climatic patterns are getting increasingly drier. The average temperature increased at about 0.21°C per decade and 1.0˚C per annum, with rainfall declining at an average of 2.3mm per month (or 2.4% per decade) since the 1960s. The northern savannah ecological zone experiences the most rapid and intense climatic changes and

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SNAP Caledon home energy retrofit program

SNAP Caledon home energy retrofit program

Toronto and Region Conservation Authority (TRCA), along with the Town of Caledon and Region of Peel, is working closely with neighbourhood residents and businesses to develop the West Bolton Sustainable Neighborhood Action Program (SNAP): an on-the-ground demonstration of the town’s Community Climate Change Action Plan. The project is one of six SNAPs happening across the GTA; it focuses

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Joint Clean Climate Transport Research Partnership

Joint Clean Climate Transport Research Partnership

The Joint Clean Climate Transport Research Partnership (JCCTRP) is a new interdisicplinary and transdisciplinary research partnership focusing on issues related to transport and climate policy in Quebec, California, Ontario and Vermont. Partner organizations include universities, private research institutions, businesses and community/non-profit organizations in Quebec, California, Ontario and Vermont. The ultimate goal is to identify technical, economic and

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