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Green 50: Top business moves that helped the planet

In the 50 years since Earth Day was launched, which companies stepped up to deliver green solutions?

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Social Capital in Montreal: A Vector for Community Resilience and the Ecological Transition

Montreal developed its first resilience strategy as part of the 100 Resilient Cities initiative, and in 2016, it created its first-ever Resilience Office.

Building Back Better: A roadmap to the Canada we want

By 2030, Canada could create more than five million quality job-years of employment by greening the power grid, electrifying transport and upgrading our homes and workplaces to be more comfortable and flood resilient.

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Canada’s oil sands are best positioned to lead the energy transformation

While Canadian oil and gas will remain a significant part of the global energy mix for some time, we have to take advantage of new opportunities that offer attractive growth prospects. 

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Canada’s largest city is hiding hundreds of secret gardens

High above Toronto’s busy streets, green roofs are providing space and food, while helping to reduce flooding.

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Construction Company Nexii Pushes Green Alternative To Carbon-Heavy Concrete

Nexii Building Solutions Inc. is the name of the company and its signature product is Nexiite, a proprietary material that allows for the rapid construction of sustainable buildings.

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The Wonders of Green Infrastructure and Why Cities Need It

Air and water pollution, floods, sewage overflows, and increasing global temperatures all threaten cities and the health of residents. Green infrastructure mimics the natural world to help cities adapt to these environmental hazards and climate change-related risks. 

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Greener cities, resilient food systems

Can COVID-19 be the catalyst needed to transform urban food systems?

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Smart cars, smart cities, why not smart Great Lakes?

Smart, connected communities are popping up around the globe, integrating intelligent technologies between the natural and built environments. Increasingly, we rely on autonomous monitoring of air to inform us of allergens and pollutants that affect our health. Why not do the same for our waterways?

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Tree cover is not enough: Keeping cities cool calls for a commons-based climate response

With climate change, urban heat is a major issue. Trees are usually presented as the solution, but are they?

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Could cities profit from protecting themselves against rising seas?

Rather than having a defensive attitude towards climate change is there a way to prevent it?

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Climate change, pollution and urbanization threaten water in Canada

Canada is on the front lines of rapid climate changes that affect the water cycle. How can it best be ready for what is to come ?

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Lake research video translated into Ojibway to help promote language as well as science

Emma Bruyere, a grade 9 student narrates Ojibway version of Experimental Lakes Area video on mercury research and hopes to spread awareness about her language.

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How Cities Reshape the Evolutionary Path of Urban Wildlife

If researchers can figure out how pigeons and rats evolve to thrive in hostile city habitats, it could help other beasts—including us—adapt to climate change.

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How Singapore is using technology to solve its water shortage

Singapore is building new technology to prepare itself for a future where obtaining clean water will be even more difficult.

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Inuit sharing ancient knowledge of ice, sea and land with new app

Siku app allows users to share info about dangerous conditions, wildlife sightings and hunting stories.

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How roads can help cool sizzling cities

Special permeable concrete pavement can help reduce the "urban heat island effect" that causes cities to sizzle in the summer, according to a Rutgers-led team of engineers.

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Fighting extreme heat in cities with urban design

To adapt to climate change, we need to build cities like we did in the past – moving toward a climate-responsive urban design, centered on people.

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How AI and data turn city water management from an art to a science

More cities are looking to drones and other equipment for preventive maintenance, but it is uphill work in a sector that has traditionally resisted change.

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Resiliency from coast to coast to coast

In the 21st century city, being resilient is no longer a goal to strive for, but a necessity in order to create communities that are safe, thriving and prosperous for all.