Urban

01/09/21
Author: 
Abrahm Lustgarten
Lake Mead, the nation’s largest freshwater reservoir, has been losing water because of epochal drought since 2000. Credit:Patrick T. Fallon/AFP via Getty Images
27 August 21

One of the country’s most important sources of fresh water is in peril, the latest victim of the accelerating climate crisis.

31/08/21
Author: 
The Energy Mix
Gas explosion - Chatham-Kent Fire @ckfiredept/Twitter

Aug. 29, 2021

Twenty people were injured and two buildings were destroyed last week in Wheatley, a town of 3,000 people on the southwestern tip of Ontario, after an explosion triggered by a hydrogen sulphide leak from an abandoned gas well that was first declared an emergency on June 3.

28/08/21
Author: 
Michael T. Klare - TomDispatch.com
U.S. Secretary of Defense Lloyd Austin, third from left in front row, in May, visiting Offutt Air Force Base, Nebraska. (U.S. Air Force, Brittany A. Chase)

August 26, 2021

By 2049, Michael T. Klare says China will be a climate disaster zone, not a military superpower.

In recent months, Washington has had a lot to say about China’s ever-expanding air, naval and missile power. But when Pentagon officials address the topic, they generally speak less about that country’s current capabilities, which remain vastly inferior to those of the U.S., than the world they foresee in the 2030s and 2040s, when Beijing is expected to have acquired far more sophisticated weaponry.

18/08/21
Author: 
Adam Mahoney
Tall buildings - Gabrielle Lurie/The San Francisco Chronicle via Getty Images

Aug 11, 2021

The UN climate report pinpoints the biggest culprit behind overheated cities.

In the summer of 1995, Chicago experienced one of the most deadly heatwaves in U.S. history. As temperatures spiked that July, hitting 100 degrees for five straight days, 739 Chicagoans perished, many of them old folks in cramped apartments. 

16/08/21
Author: 
Rachel Jansen
Vancouver graphic - Vancouver considers doing what no North American city has done so far — charging vehicles to use the road

Vancouver has some of Canada's worst traffic congestion. Now, the city is considering a controversial solution: mobility pricing.

Over the last six months, Canada's National Observer has been looking into what's working and what's failing in cities across Canada as they rise to the challenge of fighting climate change. In a 13-part series, we will be taking you across the country, province by province, for a look at how cities are meeting the climate emergency with sustainable solutions.

08/08/21
Author: 
Sol Trumbo Vila, originally published by Transnational Institute
 View of Old Town from the Olaf Tower, Vyborg, Leningrad oblast, Russia

A wealth of material here, along with some complex thinking and complex assumptions. Not at all sure what can be used in the increasingly urgent situations confronting us, or even whether cities are, in fact, the right theatres-of-action to concentrate on--Canadian cities being especially hamstrung by their lack of taxing power and, therefore, their lack of power to choose and implement policies. BUT these folks are thinking about strategies and tactics, not just desirable goals, so I'll be going back over this a few times.

           Solidarity,

07/08/21
Author: 
Stefan Labbé
Over 300 fish were found dead on the Burnaby side of Stoney Creek Friday.John Templeton

Aug. 3, 2021

A murky discharge found flowing out of a culvert from Coquitlam into a Burnaby creek has been linked to the death of hundreds of young salmon, according to a local stream-keeper group.

A milky discharge pouring into a creek on the Burnaby-Coquitlam border has been linked to the death of hundreds of young salmon, according to a local stream-keeper group. 

Stoney Creek is the most important salmon-bearing stream in the Burnette River watershed, and local volunteers have spent years trying to bring fish back. 

05/08/21
Author: 
Jason Plautz Contributor
Justin Sullivan via Getty Images

Dive Brief:

  • Pittsburgh is seeking to make universal basic mobility accessible to low-income residents through a new mobility-as-a-service (MaaS) platform that offers access to public transit and shared mobility services. 

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