Urban

18/05/21
Author: 
The Energy Mix
Community Garden - Sikander Iqbal/Wikimedia Commons

MAY 16, 2021

The urban food forest in Browns Mills, Atlanta, is one of more than 70 such initiatives scattered across the United States: all the work of volunteers determined to fight food insecurity through urban agriculture.

17/05/21
Author: 
Stefan Labbé
 Coquitlam Reservoir supplies up to 40 per cent of Metro Vancouver's water — in the coming decades that's expected to double. (via UVIC Environmental Law Centre)

May 15, 2021

Metro Vancouver has banked at least 60% of the region's future water supply on the Coquitlam Reservoir. But as it moves to secure municipal water for the next half-century, the fate of an Indigenous community and the river they live on is at stake.

On a recent sunlit afternoon, Heidi Walsh stepped onto the observation deck of a century-old concrete tower overlooking 600 square kilometres of mountain forest. 

15/05/21
Author: 
Duncan Fraser McLachlan
The first few floors of Le Manoir. (Duncan Fraser McLachlan)

 MAY 10, 2021

Meet the tenants fighting the type of ‘renoviction’ that’s making affordable housing disappear across the country

The story of Le Manoir Lafontaine can be told by the banners that hang from the residents’ balconies.

07/05/21
Author: 
International Energy Association

For example, the report states that a typical electric car requires six times the mineral inputs of a conventional car, and an onshore wind plant

requires nine times more mineral resources than a gas-fired power plant. Since 2010, the average amount of minerals needed for a new

unit of power generation capacity has increased by 50% as the share of renewables has risen.

And that doesn’t include materials for backup power due to low capacity factors and intermittency.

And less than 1% of lithium is currently recycled.......

07/05/21
Author: 
Eric Lipton and Ivan Penn

Atop a long-dormant volcano in northern Nevada, workers are preparing to start blasting and digging out a giant pit that will serve as the first new large-scale lithium mine in the United States in more than a decade — a new domestic supply of an essential ingredient in electric car batteries and renewable energy.

The mine, constructed on leased federal lands, could help address the nearly total reliance by the United States on foreign sources of lithium.

22/04/21
Author: 
Colin Kinniburgh
Building using hem - Grist / Amelia Bates

Mar 30, 2021

How cannabis can be part of an affordable housing future — not just one for eco-conscious elites.

Winter in Paris is notoriously clammy, and this winter was no exception. But Gregory Ferembach didn’t need to turn on his heat much. One reason? The walls in his public housing building are lined with one of nature’s best insulation materials: hemp.

“We’re never cold in winter,” Ferembach said in French. “The kids walk around barefoot all the time, or even in their underwear.”

11/04/21
Author: 
Mark Beeching, president, Amalgamated Transit Union local 1724
A HandyDART vehicle.

Apr 8, 2021

Union president speaks out about changes to HandyDART system

Editor:

TransLink is proposing an onerous and intimidating interview process to decide if seniors and people with disabilities are disabled enough to ride HandyDART - resurrecting painful ideas with questionable motives.

02/04/21
Author: 
Staff Reporter
Geordie Place on 12th Street is one of six strata buildings that have been operating as rentals for many years that are taking the City of New Westminster to court. They’re asking the Supreme Court of British Columbia to declare the bylaw to be illegal and/or void, to impose an order quashing the bylaw and to pay costs of the legal action.Record files

Mar 30, 2021

The city has designated some properties with zoning that will keep them as rental only

The City of New Westminster has emerged victorious in a Supreme Court of British Columbia challenge over the use of residential rental tenure zoning.

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