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Coverage of sustainable cities since July 15, 2020.

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Regina council approves city-wide composting service

"...Doney says the service will save landfill space and reduce greenhouse gas emissions..."

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How to Plant Trees in the City: It's Complicated

"...Arnold explains that the species to plant should be selected based on the sort of trees that are best adapted to the natural habitat of the environment, so that they can flourish. Furthermore, a city may not initially be suitable for planting trees. It may have poor soil quality, lack enough water, or contain pollutants, all of which should be considered early in the planning stages of a tree-planting effort..."

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Plastic checkout bag ban coming February 2022 to Regina

"...“We are providing time for plastic bag users to get in the habit of bringing their own reusable bags to stores before the ban takes effect in February,” said Kim Onrait, Regina's executive director of citizen services. “By switching to reusable bags or containers, the amount of plastic waste ending up in our landfill, in our recycling processing facility and littered throughout our community will be reduced. ”The city added that the ban was delayed due to the COVID-19 pandemic..."

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52% of emissions from major urban areas come from just 25 big cities

"...The authors say the research highlights the need for consistent greenhouse gas emission inventories across the globe, which will ultimately make it easier to track the effectiveness of emissions reduction policies in different locations. Ultimately, much more drastic measures are needed to meet the targets outlined in the Paris Agreement and limit average global temperature increase to 1. 5 °C (2..."

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Just 25 mega-cities produce 52% of the world's urban greenhouse gas emissions

"...New research published by the open access publisher Frontiers inventories greenhouse gas emissions of 167 globally distributed cities. The study shows that just 25 mega-cities produce 52% of the greenhouse gas emissions from the studied cities..."

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U of C the 'bee's knees' when it comes to pollinator biodiversity

"...“Our work was really trying to advance how we think about sustainability, particularly in urban environments, and how we can integrate nature, and particularly thinking about bees and pollinators into urban landscapes,” said Summers. “An important component of sustainability is understanding biodiversity both in terms of animal pollinators, including insects, as well as the plants that they pollinate. ” ..."

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Volvo electric bus being tested in Mexico City

"...The Volvo 7900 Electric bus being tested in Mexico City is powered by a 330 kW battery, and it is configured for night charging. The unit has a low floor, providing easy access for passengers and a more efficient operation. It also has universal access for people with disabilities, with space for a wheelchair and guide dog..."

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City councillor pitches idea for green burial site in Kingston

"...A Kingston councillor wants to explore a different kind of cemetery to further the city's claim of being Canada's most sustainable city. Coun. Rob Hutchison is seeking support to create a natural, or green burial cemetery..."

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Research identifies more sustainable, cost-effective approach to treating citrus canker

"...Behlau and his colleagues showed that it is possible to control citrus canker by spraying much less water and copper. "By adjusting both copper and water usage based on the volume of the citrus trees without affecting the quality of disease control, we have taken an important step to a more economically and environmentally sustainable citrus industry. "..."

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A sweeping climate model of the Red Sea

"...The modeling system can predict numerous processes, including ocean and atmospheric circulation patterns, marine ecosystem behavior, the spread of air pollution and the potential path of an oil spill. This is already providing essential information to academia, government and industry in Saudi Arabia, supporting research into Red Sea biodiversity hotspots, environmental policymaking, renewable energy projects and flood protection. For example, their reconstruction of extreme wave heights along the shoreline guided the design of the sea wall that will protect the newly built King Abdullah Economic City..."

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Climate action at the city level

"...Sherry Yano, renewable energy transition manager at the David Suzuki Foundation, says that the will from the community and municipal leaders to address sustainability is strong – especially when it comes to the issue of climate change..."

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COVID-19 lockdown reduced dangerous air pollutants in five Indian cities by up to 54 percent

"...In this recent study, published by Sustainable Cities and Society, researchers from Surrey's GCARE studied the levels of harmful fine particulate matter (PM2. 5) originating from vehicles and other non-vehicular sources in five Indian cities - Chennai, Delhi, Hyderabad, Kolkata, and Mumbai - from the start of the lockdown period until 11 May 2020. The team analysed PM2..."

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Jobs in sustainable cities

Recent employment opportunities from across Canada.

Planner Specialist - Urban Design - City of Kelowna (Kelowna, BC)

"...With your expertise in architecture and urban design, you will work as an important technical resource within the Development Planning team with an emphasis on form and character project reviews.   To succeed, you must possess excellent consultation, negotiation, plan review and analysis and knowledge of urban design concepts for a range of apartments, mixed-use and high-rise developments.   You will engage with many stakeholders, developers, architecture teams, other consultants, external stakeholders, government agencies and the public..."

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Deputy City Manager, Planning and Growth Management - City of Vaughan (Vaughan, ON)

"...As one of the Greater Toronto’s Top Employers for 2021, Vaughan continuously employs workplace best-practices – and they’re getting noticed! Excellence demands brilliant personalities, visionary thinking, and a passion for public service..."

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Podcasts

Recent episodes that mention sustainable cities.

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Sustainable Cities: Nancy Grimm on Future-Proofing For Climate Change

Duration: 33:52

"...This week Emma's chatting to Dr Nancy Grimm @DrNitrogen from Arizona State University about sustainable architecture, and her research and role in designing our cities to better prepare them (and us) to handle climate change, which is bringing more frequent and extreme weather events. ..."

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Informative Video

Discussions, Documentaries, and Investigative Reports about sustainable cities.

Kevin J. Krizek: How COVID-19 reshaped US cities | TED

"...Highlighting examples from across the United States, environmental designer Kevin J..."

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Negotiating Sustainable Development Goals Participating in World Historical Precedence Felix Dodds

"...He has sat on a number of advisory boards most recently for the UN Secretary-General the review of the UN Global Compact (2018/2019), for the President UN General Assembly (2016) on sustainable finance, the German government?s global conferences on the Nexus ? Water-Food and Energy (2011), Renewable Energy (2005) and Water (2001)..."

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Growing a Sustainable Citrus Garden in a Northern Climate

"...Her subtropical fruit greenhouse uses renewable energy with a high efficiency wood gasifier furnace for heat..."

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The City with 16,000 Electric Buses & 22,000 Electric Taxis | 100% Independent, 100% Electric

"...This episode is overflowing with positivity as Elliot visits a world-leading city in which the drive to go electric has resulted in 16,000 electric buses and 22,000 electric taxis..."

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Academic Research

Recent peer-reviewed papers about sustainable cities relevant to the latest news.

An Overview on Costs of Shifting to Sustainable Road Transport: A Challenge for Cities Worldwide

"...The transport sector plays a fundamental role in economic and social development in the urban context; however, it has a significant impact on air pollutants and greenhouse gas emissions and the natural resource depletion..."

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Optimal design of electric mobility services for a Local Energy Community

"...This leads to reduce the environmental impact in urban areas and contributes to the implementation of the microgrid concept..."

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A Lag-FLSTM deep learning network based on Bayesian Optimization for multi-sequential-variant PM2.5 prediction

"...To better support the prevention of air pollutions for sustainable cities, researchers have studied different methods to forecast air pollutant concentrations..."

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A novel community-based trust aware recommender systems for big data cloud service networks

"...Moreover, the sustainable development process plays a crucial role to catalyze IoT and big-data application that connects the economic growth with the quality of smart cities..."

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Evaluating urban sustainability under different development pathways: A case study of the Beijing-Tianjin-Hebei region

"...With the building of sustainable cities being listed as one of the Sustainable Development Goals in the 2030 Agenda, cities in developing countries are facing more severe challenges..."

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"...Additionally, the water sample after treatment in the wastewater treatment plant had total suspended solid matter of 29 mg/L and was identified at ideal levels..."

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Does building development in Dhaka comply with land use zoning? An analysis using nighttime light and digital building heights

"...Availability of reliable data is crucial for monitoring land use zoning, which contributes directly to the success of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) in general, and SDG Goal 11 for sustainable cities and communities in particular..."

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Greening the Urban Environment: An Integrated Approach to Planning Sustainable Cities?The Case of Greater Cairo

"...This chapter investigates the concept of greening the urban environment as an integrated approach to realizing sustainable urban development, mitigating the impact of rapid urbanization, and enhancing the quality of life..."

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Performance-Based Planning for Sustainable Cities. Innovative Approaches and Practices in Italy

"...Urban areas are socio-ecological systems, whose interactions between environment and human activities tend to become increasingly complex due to global challenges, such as climate change and resource depletion..."

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Cities Towards ? Sustainability

"...In the contemporary debate on the ?sustainable city? and above all in the political and governance repercussions, the existing technical possibilities to counteract the problems of the cities (pollution, congestion, diseconomies, immigration ?) continue to be highlighted..."

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