Biodiversity

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Market gardens won't solve BC's food challenges

Market gardens won’t solve BC’s food challenges

From the Vancouver Sun: Ted van der Gulik, a former senior engineer in the Ministry of Agriculture who now is president of Partnership for Water Sustainability in B.C., said that protection of farmland — including from port-related development in South Delta — is far more important [than market gardens], along with finding ways to better use […]

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Giving up beef will reduce carbon footprint more than cars, says expert

Giving up beef will reduce carbon footprint more than cars, says expert

“The biggest intervention people could make towards reducing their carbon footprints would not be to abandon cars, but to eat significantly less red meat,” Benton said. “Another recent study implies the single biggest intervention to free up calories that could be used to feed people would be not to use grains for beef production in the […]

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Learn more about our new book, "The Climate Nexus: Water, Food, Energy, and Biodiversity in a Changing World"

Learn more about our new book, “The Climate Nexus: Water, Food, Energy, and Biodiversity in a Changing World”

ACT was pleased to release our new book: The Climate Nexus: Water, Food, Energy, and Biodiversity in a Changing World, by Jon O’Riordan & Robert William Sandford  Published by Rocky Mountain Books | $16 hardcover We held an event in Vancouver on December 3rd to launch this exciting book. Secure supplies of water, food and energy are […]

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Coral reefs are in trouble. Meet the people trying to rebuild them

Coral reefs are in trouble. Meet the people trying to rebuild them

What happens to coral reefs as the ocean warms and acidifies over the coming century? Corals might seem removed from human society, but in fact that not-so-simple question leads to an even scarier follow-up: What happens to us? Coral reefs are the richest ocean ecosystems we have — they support an estimated 25 percent of […]

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How Walking in Nature Changes the Brain

How Walking in Nature Changes the Brain

A walk in the park may soothe the mind and, in the process, change the workings of our brains in ways that improve our mental health, according to an interesting new study of the physical effects on the brain of visiting nature. Most of us today live in cities and spend far less time outside […]

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MacArthur winner wants to make clean energy with fake leaves

MacArthur winner wants to make clean energy with fake leaves

Yang, a professor of energy and chemistry at the University of California, Berkeley, is one of this year’s MacArthur Foundation “genius” grant recipients. His lab has developed a “leaf” that uses nanowires between 100 and 1,000 times thinner than a human hair to capture sunlight. Bacteria cultured among the nanowires then use that sunlight to convert CO2 into […]

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Mining and oil threatens one in three natural world heritage sites — report

Mining and oil threatens one in three natural world heritage sites — report

Nearly one in three natural world heritage sites are at risk of exploration for fossil fuels and mining, a report from the conservation charity WWF has found. The record high of 31% at risk is up from 24% last year. Natural world heritage sites are selected as the most important globally to conserve for reasons of natural beauty […]

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BLUE DOT ECONOMICS: RETHINKING ECONOMICS FOR A HEALTHY ENVIRONMENT - October 1st. Vogue theatre, 7-10pm.

BLUE DOT ECONOMICS: RETHINKING ECONOMICS FOR A HEALTHY ENVIRONMENT – October 1st. Vogue theatre, 7-10pm.

What: BLUE DOT ECONOMICS: RETHINKING ECONOMICS FOR A HEALTHY ENVIRONMENT When: October 1st at the Vogue theatre, 7-10pm. Who: David Suzuki and Peter Victor in conversation with special guests Canada’s most trusted influencer, geneticist and broadcaster, David Suzuki, has spent a career raising awareness of environmental issues. Economist Peter Victor, author of Managing Without Growth, has spent over 40 […]

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