Green Spaces and Permeability

The role of green space in modern cities is multi-faceted. Its aesthetic value can attract tourism, increase urban biodiversity and serve as a gathering space for communities.

Green space also provides a crucial ecosystem service in the form of stormwater management. As cities transform into concrete jungles, their abilities to handle precipitation and runoff ... 

Sustainable Cities Series

It comes as no surprise that most North American cities were built to accommodate one of the darlings of late 19th century innovation: the car. Go to almost any city in Europe and you will see extensive networks of safe and accessible bike paths, oft-used train systems and pedestrian-friendly infrastructure. The cars that do occupy these narrow roads are seemingly...

Our Role Beyond COP 21

COP 21 has wrapped and we’ve had a moment to digest the first global agreement of this stature to address climate change. The hope that Canada will play a productive leadership role on the international stage in the fight against climate change is getting many people excited. However, our internal politics are multilateral and the federal government needs the provinces to do the hard work of meeting our international obligations...

Montréal’s plan to dump 8 billion litres of untreated sewage into the St. Lawrence River made its way into the election campaign and out the other end with little discussion and minor stalls by Environment Canada. There is now a team of scientists looking at the issue for Environment Canada (several years after they received the file) and will publish a report November 2. Mayor Coderre, meanwhile, is unimpressed with the hold-up on work to be done on the conduit. This isn’t the first time that raw sewage has been dumped into a major water body. In fact it is a regular occurrence. But it is something that is clearly no longer acceptable in the public’s eye...

The Syrian refuge crisis has shocked the world not only in its scale and intensity but also by governments’ inability to deal with the displaced people. This emergency is a proving ground for the EU and the global community as a whole. The EU must prove it can function as a committed unit with one border and the global community needs to demonstrate that it can work together to deal with tragedies of this scale. World leaders must address this crisis not as a single issue but as a stepping stone toward solving future global issues in a systematic way.

 

The Gaia Hypothesis is evoked in the environmental field both as a scientific theory and somehow as an article of faith. This term holds the strange duality that environmentalists can embody: fact based, scientific literacy and earthy spiritualism. The Gaia Hypothesis however is a scientifically sound theory with interesting repercussions as to how we make decisions on global environmental issues...