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Santa’s Canadian – And He Loves Milk and Danish

Posted by Daniel Hoornweg on December 17, 2014

Santa is Canadian Citizen

Everyone knows that Santa Claus is Canadian. Citizenship and Immigration Minister Chris Alexander issued Santa Canadian citizenship last year, and...

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New studies show cities are key to driving economic growth and fighting climate change

Posted by Guest Author on November 26, 2014

New study highlights opportunities to build cleaner cities in the developing world

How cities develop will be critical to achieving economic growth and tackling climate change, according to a series of studies released this week...

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New Climate Normal: World Bank study reveals the unavoidable impacts of climate change

Posted by Guest Author on November 24, 2014

Dramatic climate changes and weather extremes already affecting millions of lives, but solutions exist

According to a new scientific study by the World Bank Group, as planet temperatures rise, heat-waves and other weather extremes that occur rarely,...

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Now it gets Interesting – Time to call on Canada’s Cities

Posted by Daniel Hoornweg on November 13, 2014

China and US Climate Agreement

There was much fanfare this week as the US and China signed a climate agreement. The two countries are the world’s largest energy users and...

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Canada’s Remembrance – A View from the City

Posted by Daniel Hoornweg on November 11, 2014

Remembrance Day

This year on the 100th Anniversary of the start of First World War, it is worth thinking about Canada’s soldiers. Where did they come from...

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Saving the world’s wildlife: Starting at a city near you

Posted by Daniel Hoornweg on October 07, 2014

Saving the world’s wildlife: Starting at a city near you

He hath eaten me out of house and home (Shakespeare, Henry IV Part II). The recent Living Planet report by WWF and the London Zoological Society...

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Should mayors rule the world? They already do.

Posted by Daniel Hoornweg on September 30, 2014

In just one generation the world’s already teeming cities are going to double again in size, and probably triple in energy and material consumption.

Working at the World Bank makes you think ministers of finance rule the world. Sure, heads of state make all the speeches at places like the UN,...

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Ontario’s place in an urbanizing world

Posted by Daniel Hoornweg on September 29, 2014

Ontario's 29th Lieutenant Governor Elizabeth Dowdeswell

A response to Lieutenant Governor Dowdeswell’s call for a discussion on Ontario’s priorities. Ontario is home to one of North...

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World leaders announce significant commitments to climate change at UN Summit

Posted by Guest Author on September 24, 2014

Secretary General Ban Ki-Moon at the UN Climate Summit

More than 100 heads of state and government were joined by more than 800 business, finance and civil leaders in New York on Tuesday for the UN...

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Hundreds of thousands of people worldwide participate in climate march

Posted by Guest Author on September 22, 2014

Nearly 400,000 people marched through New York City and thousands more across the world joined in to call for international action against global warming

From Manhattan to Melbourne, more than half a million people across the planet took to the streets on Sunday to demand action from world leaders in...

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The first challenge we must face in our energy future is energy storage

Posted by Eddie Sheng on September 17, 2014

 address the challenge of operating grids where the energy is generated intermittently

It’s been said that electricity is the most valuable form of energy. In fact, the modern world wouldn’t function, let alone exist,...

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Capturing the power of water

Posted by Nandine Kanesalingam on September 15, 2014

Hydropower plant harnesses the power of flowing water

For thousands of years, people around the world have been capturing the power of moving water to create mechanical or electrical power for grinding...

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Is natural gas a sustainable option?

Posted by Christopher Yee Chuin Koon on September 11, 2014

Map of Canada's natural gas pipelines. Source: Canadian Energy Pipeline Association

With a surging global population, the world’s energy needs are going to continue to grow. Fossil fuels meet a vast majority of the...

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Are fossil fuels dead? A look at the rising use of natural gas in North America

Posted by Jason Runge on September 10, 2014

Natural Gas Plant

As the Earth’s climate continues to rise, governments around the world have introduced policies to reduce both their greenhouse gas emissions...

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Cities set to embark on third wave of urbanization

Posted by Daniel Hoornweg on September 09, 2014

This image is a depiction of what a city might look like in the future

Around 5000 years ago, the first cities emerged in Mesopotamia and the fertile valleys of the Tigris and Euphrates Rivers. Agricultural surpluses...

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Breaking Our Dependency on Fossil Fuels

Posted by Dakota Watson on August 29, 2014

Factories that burn fossil fuels help to cause global warming

Fossil fuels are the remains of prehistoric biological matter that have been subjected to millennia of geological processes (i.e. heat and...

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How Geothermal Energy Works

Posted by Jonathan Allcock on August 28, 2014

Hellisheidi Geothermal Power Plant in Iceland

The amount of heat within 10,000 metres (about 33,000 feet) of the Earth's surface contains 50,000 times more energy than all the oil and natural...

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North America Falling Behind in Wind Power Market Penetration and Integration

Posted by Raymond Bedard on August 25, 2014

Wind Power Turbines

Skeptics often boast that as an energy source, wind power can’t effectively meet a significant proportion of national energy demand, with...

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Should Energy from Waste be Considered Renewable?

Posted by Student Blogger on August 21, 2014

An Energy from Waste facility in the UK

There is much debate as to whether Energy from Waste (EFW) should be considered a renewable energy source. According to the Environmental...

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Ontario universities make significant strides towards greening their campuses: COU Report

Posted by Michelle Cholak on August 19, 2014

COU's Growing Greener Campuses 2013 Report

The Council of Ontario Universities’ (COU) released their fifth annual report last week on their sustainability initiatives taking place...

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A League of their Own: Cities Working Together for a Better World

Posted by Daniel Hoornweg on August 18, 2014

Cities must work together and collaborate on their sustainability efforts

In 1845 Alexander Cartwright, a Brooklyn shipping clerk, drew up a formal set of rules and established the Knickerbockers Baseball Club. Before...

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SustainableJoes' #RETHINK Tour Visits UOIT

Posted by Mehdi Hosseini on August 13, 2014

SustainableJoes' #Rethink Tour's Solar Power Tricycle

SustainableJoes founder Stephen Szucs is traveling via a solar and pedal powered tricycle from Canada to Key West to ask individuals, communities,...

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If Sustainability was the Game – Leafs Win the Stanley Cup

Posted by Daniel Hoornweg on August 12, 2014

Toronto Maple Leafs players celebrating

The National Hockey League recently released what is probably the most comprehensive sustainability report ever prepared by a professional sports...

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Shooting for the Moon – From a City Near You

Posted by Daniel Hoornweg on August 07, 2014

Within 35 years we need to build sustainable cities for another three billion new urban residents

From 1942 to 1946 more than 100,000 scientists, engineers, military strategists, factory workers and financiers came together at a cost of $2...

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A New Climate for Ontario

Posted by Daniel Hoornweg on July 02, 2014

Highway 400/141 Interchange

Crystal balls are notoriously unreliable. Climate modelling is almost as challenging. But there are a few inexorable and inevitable trends already...

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Hillary Clinton’s Thoughts on Energy

Posted by Daniel Hoornweg on June 24, 2014

Hillary Clinton shares thoughts on energy with Peter Mansbridge

Peter Mansbridge interviewed Hillary Clinton, the former U.S. Secretary of State, recently while she was in Toronto selling her new book. At the...

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Nuclear Power and its Potential in Low-Income Regions

Posted by Kazi Nasir on June 20, 2014

Nuclear Electricity Generation Globally

Nuclear power is considered to be an essential energy source of the future – it now accounts for 6% of the world’s total energy...

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Solar Energy Around the World

Posted by Nichollas Saucedo on June 20, 2014

Solar panels capture the sun's energy

A renewable and clean source of energy, the solar power generated by the sun provides the earth with more than one thousand times the energy...

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Insights on Climate Change Study

Posted by Mehdi Hosseini on June 17, 2014

Climate Change Chart

Cities consume most of the world’s energy, so they release the greatest amount of global carbon emissions. They are also the primary...

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The Economic Fallout of Ontario’s Long Term Energy Plan

Posted by Kazi Nasir on April 11, 2014

Logo of Ontario’s Long Term Energy Plan

In December 2013, Ontario’s Ministry of Energy released its updated Long Term Energy Plan (LTEP), “Achieving Balance”. As the...

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Why a City's Not a Duck

Posted by Daniel Hoornweg on March 21, 2014

Ducks crossing a road

Up north on the lake, every year near our cabin, we see a pair of nesting ducks. We call her Mrs. Merganser as she leads her 8 to 16 ducklings...

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Hydro Power - Building Better Cities

Posted by Daniel Hoornweg on March 20, 2014

A picture of Niagara Falls

Often I can hide it – posing maybe as an economist, risk manager, a finance-guy, public-policy wonk; I’ve even once been complimented...

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Socioeconomic Pathways and Regional Distribution of the World’s 101 Largest Cities

Posted by Mehdi Hosseini on January 28, 2014

View of Shinjuku skyscrapers and Mount Fuji as seen from the Bunkyo Civic Center, Bunkyo Ward, Tokyo

Regional trends in population, urbanization, resource availability and scarcity, as well as economic growth and decline are often best observed in...

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Why Running a City is Like Paddling a Canoe?

Posted by Daniel Hoornweg on January 24, 2014

Father and son paddling a canoe

Canadians are supposed to be good in a few things: skating, painting trees and rocks, welcoming newcomers, writing engaging stories that surely...

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The Old Man is Snoring

Posted by Daniel Hoornweg on January 23, 2014

A flooded street in Bangkok

‘It’s raining, it’s pouring. The old man is snoring.’ Truth be told, I apparently snore, and I suppose I’m not that...

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Peak Waste and Poverty – A Powerful Paradox

Posted by Daniel Hoornweg on January 23, 2014

This is an image of a dump site

Urbanization is the most powerful force shaping the planet today. This can be good news as urbanization is the best bet we have to meet our global...

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