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Coverage of urbanization since March 31, 2023.

Urban runoff

"...George said there are around 28 sewage lines that run into the inlet and more than 700 contaminants. “It's a big problem, a big issue but there are things we can do to manage it at the household and systemic level,” George said. “There are way better practices to managing sewage, to managing stormwater that exist..."

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Humans As Drivers of Evolution

"...[p]ollution, eutrophication, urbanization, habitat fragmentation, climate change, domestication/agriculture, hunting/harvesting (including fishing), invasion/extinction, medicine and emerging/disappearing diseases..."

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MESO-COSM examines ecosystem experiments in the Gulf Coast

"...A mesocosm, or “medium world,” is a type of scientific experiment for long-term outdoor ecological observation. They are typically constructed as an array of semi-enclosed landscapes that house environmental “patches” of soil, air, water, flora, and fauna. Through the control of certain variables such as carbon dioxide levels, soil toxicity, and rainfall amounts, mesocosms allow scientists to observe ecosystem changes such as the impacts of anthropogenic climate change on the environment..."

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Africa making strides in promoting sustainable and resilient cities

"...“Notwithstanding, several cities in the region still grapple with challenges such as climate change [flash floods, food shortages due to droughts, extreme temperatures], poor sanitation, poverty, inadequate housing, inequality, and rapid urbanization, which will put more people at risk of air pollution, which is a major threat to health and is associated with nearly seven million premature deaths annually. ”..."

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Spike in dengue cases due to global warming, warns WHO

"...“About half of the world's population is at risk of dengue, and dengue affects approximately 129 countries,” said Dr Raman Velayudhan, WHO’s Head of the Global Programme on control of Neglected Tropical Diseases. “We estimate that about 100 to 400 million cases are reported every year. This is basically an estimate and the American region alone has reported about 2..."

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Protecting British Columbia’s Bats Amid White-nose Syndrome

"...Bats are vital to Canada’s ecosystems, providing important ecological functions such as pest control and pollination. British Columbia is home to fifteen of the seventeen bat species found in Canada. Among these, half of the bat species in BC are currently at-risk..."

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Nature Canada’s New Bird Friendly City & Town Standards: Urban Innovation for People, Birds

"...With Nature Canada since 2006, Ted holds undergraduate and graduate degrees in environmental studies, regional planning and resource management from the University of Waterloo. He was a contributing author and steering committee member of Canada’s landmark State of the Birds: 2012 and 2019 Reports and the 2016 State of North America’s Birds, and has authored many publications and presentations related to bird conservation and natural history..."

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Preserving the Natural Jewel: Join the Movement to Protect Gatineau Park Nature Canada

"...One of the major concerns is the encroachment of urbanization and development in the surrounding areas. The absence of an adequate land-use strategy between the park and adjacent development zones has led to habitat fragmentation and increased human presence at the park's edges. The encroachment of urbanization and development in the areas surrounding Gatineau Park has led to a concerning level of habitat fragmentation, which not only disrupts the park's delicate ecological balance but also poses significant risks to the well-being of both wildlife and human populations..."

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LETTER: Parks strategy money better spent on restoration projects

"...I write to oppose the proposed People, Pets, and Parks strategy. My main opposition is to the amount of public funds proposed to be spent on this project, as well as to the restrictive nature of the bylaw, which does not address the main threats to natural areas in Saanich parks (invasive species, braiding of trails by people (not just dogs) and the need for more concerted efforts in ecosystem restoration. Following are some alternative ways in which this $5-7 million could be spent..."

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In Graphic Detail: Pigs in the City Hakai Magazine

"...Wild pigs roam the globe. Originally from Eurasia and North Africa, they’re now one of the most invasive species worldwide, trotting from the pine forests of North America to the wetlands of Oceania. Despite their world domination, we know little about how they’re taking over or the impact they have on ecosystems..."

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‘We fought for this area’: Local residents worry housing development will impact Canada’s largest urban park, farmland

"...The Duffins Rouge Agricultural Preserve is one of the most ecologically sensitive areas in Ontario. It’s home to more than 1,700 species, including 42 that are considered at risk. Photo by Abdul Matin Sarfraz for Canada's National Observer Environmental activists and residents of Pickering, the city closest to Duffins Rouge, warn the decision could cause “irreversible harm” to wildlife, natural ecosystems, agricultural land and threatened species..."

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Podcasts

Recent episodes that mention urbanization.

Value-added could be a means to diversifying trade with China

Duration: 25:01

"...China has a large agricultural base, but despite this, their self-sufficiency is hindered by rapid urbanization and the sheer volume of people to feed..."

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Episode 79: Interview with Peter Head, resilience champion

Duration: 51:34

"...With the growing reach of climate change-induced extreme weather events and increasing urbanization, it is becoming more and more important to be deliberate about the way we build our cities..."

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Informative Video

Discussions, Documentaries, and Investigative Reports about urbanization.

How Nature Can Protect Cities from Floods & Droughts

"...By carefully managing rain and wastewater, it aims to fight water pollution, scarcity, and flooding..."

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Radiation, pollution and urbanization are taking over natural selection

"...In this episode, we speak to three experts who study different ways that human action – from radiation to pollution to urbanization – is affecting how plants and animals evolve, and how humanity has become the single biggest driver of evolutionary changes on Earth.   ..."

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Leadership approaches to wicked problems and sustainability, with Dr. R. Bruce Hull

"...Marc is an Advocate for the SDGs, member of the World Economic Forum Expert Network, and award-winning Global Food Reformist..."

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Academic Research

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

Coastal Lagoons (Khors) of the Emirates

"...Integrated ecosystem-based management that is supported by local institutions and includes participatory monitoring through citizen science programmes will increase public engagement and advance progress towards the goal of living in harmony with nature..."

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The Emirates at 2050: Balancing Development and Environmental Stewardship

"...To chart a more sustainable course for the Emirates by 2050, the paper proposes policy recommendations such as adopting a national strategy for sustainable development, strengthening environmental policies, investing in urban planning and design, promoting sustainable water management, encouraging use of nature-based solutions, addressing climate change, fostering environmental education, supporting research in environmental sciences, encouraging national and regional cooperation, promoting sustainable business practices in the private sector, and monitoring the progress of environmental policies..."

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Spatial Analysis and Comparative Study of Noise Pollution at Ernakulam City Before and During COVID-19 Using GIS

"...Traffic noise is one of the major environmental pollutants that are encountered in our daily life and it also affects the human health..."

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"...Assessment of the interactive effects of specific macro factors such as air pollution, economic growth, and urbanization on private health care expenditure is vital for social sustainability policies..."

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Climate-altered Precipitation is more Important than Land Use when Modeling Ecosystem Services Associated with Surficial Proces

"...Ecosystem services (ESs) associated with surficial processes may change according to shifts in land use, land cover, and climate parameters..."

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Water Pollution: A Review

"...Due to industrialization, urbanization, and rapid increase in human population, the demand for water has increased sharply, and the quality has declined drastically..."

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Exploring the economic impact of institutional entrepreneurship, social Innovation, and poverty reduction on carbon footprint i

"...In the context of the BRICS nations?Brazil, Russia, India, China, and South Africa?this study explores the intricate interactions between institutional entrepreneurship, institutional innovation, poverty reduction, social globalization, urbanization, and social entrepreneurship as well as their combined effects on the carbon footprint over the period of 1990 to 2021..."

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Modular Digital Production Twin as Enabler for Sustainable Value Creation ? The Case of Urban Environments

"...Climate change and progressing urbanization urge to increase sustainability in all areas ? not only, but especially in manufacturing..."

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Estimation of Short-Lived Climatic Pollutants (SLCPs) and Other Pollutants Generated from the Solid Waste Management (SWM) Sura

"...The various activities of solid waste management contributed to the emission of Carbon dioxide, Oxides of Nitrogen, Oxides of Sulphur, Particulate Matter and Short-Lived Climatic Pollutants (SLCPs) such as Methane and Black Carbon..."

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