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Coverage of land use since December 11, 2023.

Danielle Smith drops uncertainty bomb on Albertas clean energy future

"...“If you put a 35-kilometre buffer on all protected areas in southern Alberta, that covers 76 per cent of the landscape,” he said, adding that the Alberta government hasn’t provided concrete details about how projects will be evaluated going forward. “I mean, if I was a wind developer and 76 per cent of that land [is affected], I'd be very concerned and ask for clarification. ”Map of Alberta showing the area affected by Wednesday’s announcement..."


A housing shortage is testing Oregon's pioneering land use law. Lawmakers are poised to tweak it

"...PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) A severe lack of affordable housing has prompted Oregon lawmakers to consider chipping away at a 1970s law that made the state a national leader in leveraging land use policy to prevent suburban sprawl and conserve nature and agriculture..."


No statistically significant link between climate change and Chiles wildfires

"...In addition, the study notes that changes in land use such as the growth of informal settlements in forest zones and widespread conversion towards non-native species and monoculture plantations are making many regions of Chile significantly more vulnerable to wildfires..."


LTC urged to not reconsider kennel

"...Such an amendment or rezoning could potentially weaken regulations and watershed protection, said Drake, as climate change pointed toward heavier winter rainfall producing increasingly significant runoff.    ..."


City of Edmonton seeks public input on multi-storey development in Mill Woods

"...Edmontonians are being asked to provide feedback on the proposed construction of two 22-storey towers, part of a redevelopment project at Mill Woods Town Centre..."


DeBriefed 16 February 2024: Atlantic and Amazon tipping points; New troika for 1.5C; Global support for climate action underesti

"...Only a fifth of the population of the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) has access to electricity, with per-capita consumption below that of an average UK fridge, reported Carbon Brief in its latest country profile. Despite using hardly any fossil fuels, the country is one of the worlds biggest greenhouse gas emitters, the profile explained, as a result of human-caused land use changes in its major forests and peatlands..."


Impact of Alberta's renewable energy project pause to become evident in 2025: experts

"...Alberta led the way in renewable energy development in 2023 accounting for more than 92 per cent of Canada's overall growth, according to industry data released last month by the Canadian Renewable Energy Association (CanREA)..."


Guest post: Heavy use of CO2 removal would trigger high sustainability risks

"...Yet the large-scale deployment of land-based CDR could come with major challenges. These include significant ecological and societal risks particularly to biodiversity loss, food security, freshwater use and human rights, among others which have not been comprehensively assessed..."


4 Priorities for Managing US Lands in the Face of Climate Change

"...The U. S. lands sector, which includes forests, grasslands, wetlands, agricultural lands and agricultural operations, can remove carbon emissions to help curb the impacts of climate change, but it can also be a source of planet-warming greenhouse gas emissions..."


Pristine watershed steps closer to protection for posterity

"...It’s been a long time coming for the Seal River watershed. The alliance, composed of the four First Nations surrounding the area, including the Sayisi Dene First Nation, Northlands Denesuline First Nation, Barren Lands First Nation, and O-Pipon-Na-Piwin Cree Nation, was formally incorporated in 2020. Meanwhile, Winnipeg, Ottawa and the alliance committed to a feasibility study about a year ago..."


Alberta's renewable energy pause could become lingering stumble: observers

"...“If (it has) announced that we need another two or three years to figure out the rules, that's going to add to the uncertainty,” Weis said. Meanwhile, other jurisdictions are making moves. Nova Scotia, Ontario, Quebec and British Columbia are opening their doors to more renewable power, not to mention the vast U..."


Canada Ignores Calls to Address Climate Pollution from Industrial Logging Nature Canada

"...Despite mounting pressure from elected officials, environmental experts, Canada's Environment Commissioner, and concerned citizens, the government's report fails to provide a clear account of the logging sector's greenhouse gas emissions. Unlike other economic sectors such as oil and gas, transportation, agriculture, and manufacturing, the ECCC report lumps logging emissions into the cryptic category of Land Use Land Use Change and Forestry, Nature-based Climate Solutions and Agricultural Changes, preventing an accurate assessment of the logging industry's carbon footprint..."


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Jobs in land use

Recent employment opportunities from across Canada.

Planner 2 (Urban Design Planner) - City of Burnaby (Burnaby, BC)

"...An incumbent supervises and participates in the collection and analysis of a wide variety of data required for the completion of major planning projects; conducts independent studies to supplement existing sources of research data; coordinates findings and makes recommendations; reviews and prepares complex development proposals related to residential, commercial and industrial rezoning applications; leads neighbourhood planning processes and the preparation of neighbourhood land use plans; prepares and reviews development and design guidelines for specific projects and answers a variety of questions related thereto; consults with applicants and advisers; liaises with other departments, citizens' groups and standing committees; prepares final reports for submission to Council; participates in the work of professional and technical staff engaged in major master planning projects; prepares comprehensive planning reports for submission to superiors, boards and commissions, and the Municipal Council..."

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Supervisor - Land Development - City of Victoria (Victoria, BC)

"...Please be prepared to provide proof of qualifications and supporting materials as outlined in your resume. COVID-19 Vaccination RequirementAll City of Victoria employees are required to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19..."

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Municipal Land Use Planner - Oldman River Regional Services Commission (Lethbridge, AB)

"... A valid driverâs license and a willingness to contribute to the goals and objectives of the Commission are necessary..."

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Manager, Land Development - City of Regina (Regina, SK)

"...A professional with a proven record of being able to motivate, plan, direct and evaluate people and activities of a broad-based municipal organization. Organizational - Good time and project management skills, ability to prioritize, organize and delegate projects and tasks to meet the departmentsâ service delivery standards and targets, and defined expectations of senior leadership and Council..."

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Recent episodes that mention land use.

Can land use planning protect farmland and still build homes?

Duration: 11:29

"...Can governments protect valuable farmland while at the same time build housing needed for ever-expanding cities and urban cities? That question is being asked throughout Ontario agriculture this week after the provincial government passed the More Homes Built Faster Act, Bill 23..."


Soil School: Evaluating soil health tests

Duration: 10:52

"...How do you measure soil heath? On this episode of RealAgriculture Soil School, OMAFRA soil scientist and land use specialist Dan Saurette joins Bernard Tobin to look at some of the assessment tools available to farmers and the type of insights they provide..."


062 | At What Temperature Do Forests Stop Absorbing Carbon?

Duration: 38:25

"...Today I speak with environmental scientist Jason Funk, who runs the Land Use and Climate Knowledge Initiative (LUCKI) about the important findings of a paper called "Long-term thermal sensitivity of earth's tropical forests," which looks at whether forests can continue to pull carbon from the atmosphere as temperatures rise..."


Better Land Use Could Slash US Emissions

Duration: 10:59

"...New research confirms again that nature knows best..."


Informative Video

Discussions, Documentaries, and Investigative Reports about land use.

Tracy Buran Evens: TIMOs: The History and Future of Timberland Investing

"...Timberland investment management organizations (TIMOs) have transformed forest landownership and land use over the past forty years..."


Mr. Bruce Knight: Catalyzing a National Ecosystem Services Market

"...Knight explains the history of the Ecosystem Services Market Consortium (ESMC) and details how ecosystem service markets can add incentives to motivate farmers and ranchers to improve soil health..."


Burning Pantanal | What’s Behind the Fire?

"...Human activity such as deforestation and cattle ranching is encroaching on this precious ecosystem and causing it permanent damage..."


Academic Research

Recent peer-reviewed papers about land use relevant to the latest news.

Life cycle assessment and techno-economic analysis of sustainable bioenergy production: a review

"...We discuss life cycle assessment in terms of concepts, methods, impacts, greenhouse gases, land use, water consumption, bioethanol, biodiesel, biogas, and techno-economic analysis..."


Pantropical CO2 emissions and removals for the AFOLU sector in the period 1990?2018

"...Transparent, accurate, comparable, and complete estimates of greenhouse gas emissions and removals are needed to support mitigation goals and performance assessments under the Paris Agreement..."


Tracing the roots of wetland degradation in India: a systematic review of anthropogenic drivers, ecological consequences and co

"...Urbanization, population growth, land transformation, encroachment, and pollution have all contributed to the shrinking of wetlands, which were earlier estimated to be 58..."


Spatiotemporal Variation of Ecosystem Services Value and its Response to Land Use Change in the Yangtze River Basin, China

"...How to understand the impact of land use change on ecosystem service value is of great significance for the utilization of ecological environment protection..."


Community-centred scenarios development for water?energy?food security on Zanzibar

"...Major drivers of land use and land cover change affecting water?energy?food security were identified; these include population growth, development and climate change..."


Multi-Scenario Simulation of the Impact of Land Use Change on the Ecosystem Service Value in the Suzhou-Wuxi-Changzhou Metropol

"...As the most economically developed metropolitan area in China?s Yangtze River Delta, the rapid changing land use patterns of Suzhou-Wuxi-Changzhou (Su-Xi-Chang) metropolitan area have profound impacts on the ecosystem service value (ESV)..."


Groundwater vulnerability mapping of hyper-humid urban aquifers for an improved water management in African megacities, opportu

"...The paper ends with clear recommendations to align land uses, landscape and groundwater protection in order to improve the quality of the drinking water supply for urban populations..."


Land use change and forest management effects on soil carbon stocks in the Northeast U.S.

"...Their potential vulnerability to climate and land use change, management, and other drivers, along with soils? ability to mitigate climate change through carbon sequestration, makes them important to carbon balance and management..."


Mapping of population growth influence on land use transformation from 1994 to 2015 in Madaba Governorate, Jordan

"...Its evolving landscape, marked by changes in land use, presents environmental and socio-economic challenges that necessitate sustainable urban planning and land management practices..."


Soil erosion modelling using GIS-integrated RUSLE of Urpash watershed in Lesser Himalayas

"...The Urpash watershed located in the Lesser Himalayas (India) has experienced substantial soil erosion challenges..."


Mapping of land degradation using spectral angle mapper approach (SAM): the case of Inaouene watershed (Northeast Morocco)

"...Land use and land cover dynamics demonstrate the relationship between human-induced development and the evolution of soil degradation and biodiversity conservation in a watershed..."