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Posts tagged with ‘sustainability’ (122)

Vancouver Island University wins architecture award for green roof

Posted by Siobhan McClelland in Science & Technology on Thursday, October 3, 2013

Vancouver Island University won an award for the green roof at its Cowichan Campus. Click on the image to see more photos. (Photo courtesy of Garyali Architect Inc.)

Going green is paying off for a Canadian university on the west coast.

Vancouver Island University will receive one of the 2013 Green Roof and Wall Awards of Excellence for a green roof at its Cowichan Campus. This is one of several awards given by Green Roofs for Healthy Cities, which recognizes innovative living architecture in North America.

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Of movie stars and monarchs

Posted by Andrew Lovesey on Tuesday, October 9, 2012

How do you get up close and personal with a threatened, delicate species that travels thousands of kilometres every year? The answer is Flight of the Butterflies, a new IMAX release by Toronto-based SK Films Inc., which strikes a balance between documentary and conservation.
The film follows the 4,400-kilometre journey of a family of monarchs from Texas to Toronto and then along their southbound migratory path to the majestic pine-oak forests high atop the peaks of Michoácan, Mexico. For one year, ...

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Circling the Midnight Sun: Reindeer calling on the Kola Peninsula

Posted by James Raffan on Tuesday, August 28, 2012

Who knew? Reindeer love bananas, peels and all.

I made my way into the Kola Peninsula two or three times as part of this project (read more about Circling the Midnight Sun). My friend and guide there was a lovely Sami woman, an environmental consultant called Anna Prakhova.

She made it very clear that if I were to understand what was going on in Sami lands—Sapmi—that I needed to understand what was going on with reindeer. 
These reindeer used to be herded by the inland Sami from the highlands in the winter down to the sea in the summer. ...

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Recycling Agricultural Plastics: Where we’re at in Canada

Posted by Ainslie Cruickshank on Saturday, January 28, 2012

Source: CleanFARMS

It may be illegal but burning agricultural waste plastics, like grain storage bags and twine, is still a common occurrence in Canada. In a lot of cases farmers just don’t have a lot of other options. 
Earlier this month an article published in the journal Science listed banning the burning of agricultural waste as one of 14 methods that could significantly reduce global warming by 2050.

The article suggests that by targeting greenhouse gases methane and black carbon, more commonly known as ...

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Ancient forests in B.C.

Posted by Claudia Goodine on Tuesday, September 27, 2011

By Claudia Goodine and Shannon Dooling

On the southwest coast of Vancouver Island, just 15 minutes north of the historic logging town of Port Renfrew, an ancient old-growth forest named Avatar Grove gives visitors a glimpse of how the island’s trees may have looked 1,000 years ago.

Discovered in 2009 by photographer TJ Watt, cofounder of the Victoria-based environmental group the Ancient Forest Alliance, this 40-hectare old-growth forest is home to western red cedars and Douglas fir trees ...

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