Monthly Archives: February 2011

A remarkable record of reef research

A James Cook University professor has produced an earth science encyclopaedia on coral reefs in what is most likely the most comprehensive record of work carried out in the area since Charles Darwin first attempted to understand reef evolution. Emeritus Professor David Hopley has launched Encyclopaedia of Modern Coral Reefs: Structure, Form and Process at […] … learn more→

Earthquakes ruin more than property

The Christchurch earthquake has left me deprived. I can never show my grandchildren the city that was a part of me for the majority of my life to date. I will never be able to have them relate to the mystery of Chancery Lane, the beauty of the Cathedral and the \’feel\’ of Lyttelton. Having […] … learn more→

How fisheries can gain from the lessons of sustainable food

As agriculture and energy production have made strides toward becoming more sustainable, the world’s fisheries have lagged behind. But restoring our beleaguered oceans to health will require an emphasis on diversification and conservation — and a more sensible mix of fishing practices. … learn more→

Designing a city for safe protests

Civil protests, from peaceful sit-ins at the Pentagon to violent riots in Cairo, nonetheless share some common characteristics. To study how protests evolve in public spaces, Dr. Tali Hatuka, an architect and head of Tel Aviv University\’s Laboratory of Contemporary Urban Design, has dissected some of the world\’s most publicized protests — those in Washington, […] … learn more→

By the numbers – data highlights from world on the edge

The hundreds of data sets that accompany Lester Brown’s latest book, World on the Edge: How to Prevent Environmental and Economic Collapse, illustrate the world’s current predicament and give a sense of where we might go from here. Here are some highlights from the collection. … learn more→

3+ ways to green study abroad offices

Behind every student studying abroad, there are dedicated staff from his or her home institution assisting with everything from program applications, financial aid, credit transfer, visas, medical preparations, cultural orientations, packing lists, and even (occasionally) luggage tags.  So, when we consider ways to make education abroad more sustainable, let’s remember those who stay behind to […] … learn more→

University of Toronto Sustainability Report

The Winter 2011 edition of the Sustainability Office newsletter provides updates on current project and initiatives, green tips, U of T sustainability achievements, upcoming dates and a profile of our Sustainability Champions. … learn more→

The perfect storm part III: Climate change

… before we change government policies – we must change the way we think! … learn more→

Human universals, money, and politics

Behind the current angry rhetoric, conspiracy theories, and blame-storming, some universal truths about life, power, and money are playing out as they always have. … learn more→

Renewable Energy Careers in the Niagara Region

In southern Ontario, the Niagara Region has joined the Ontario Clean Technology Alliance (OCTA), an organization with representation in Toronto, Ottawa, Hamilton, Waterloo Region, Windsor-Essex, London, Sarnia-Lambton, Chatham-Kent, and Guelph. In a continuing cross-border exchange of technology learned in solar panel workshops and photovoltaic (PV) certification courses, alliance members were promoting Southern Ontario in Phoenix, […] … learn more→