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Coverage of land use since May 22, 2024.

Experts: What is the Labour governments top priority for meeting UK climate targets?

"...Following a landslide Labour win in the UK general election, attention is turning to the new governments next steps.  ..."

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Canada's Record-breaking 2023 Wildfires Released Nearly 4 Times More Carbon than Global Aviation

"...Canadas 2023 wildfires made international headlines, causing billions of dollars in property damage, displacing thousands of people from their homes, and spewing air pollution that traveled as far as Europe and China. A new analysis shows that the wildfires also had a massive effect on greenhouse gas emissions. Researchers from WRIs Global Forest Watch initiative and the University of Maryland find that wildfires burned roughly 7..."

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Negative emissions: Scientists debate role of CO2 removal in tackling climate change

"...Of the novel approaches, he explained that biochar is the main player. This is followed by bioenergy with carbon capture and storage (BECCS), which is confined to essentially two plants in the US.  ..."

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What Economics Does or Doesnt Tell Us About the Climate Consequences of Using Wood

"...Timothy Searchinger is a Senior Research Scholar at Princeton University and Technical Director for Agriculture, Forestry and Ecosystems at WRI. This article was written in collaboration with Steve Berry, David Swenson Professor of Economics at Yale University and Faculty Director at the Tobin Center for Economic Policy.  To reduce global carbon emissions, should people harvest and use more wood or less? This question underlies the merits of policies that encourage power plants and heating facilities to burn more wood pellets and builders to construct more tall wood buildings..."

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PRRD addresses B.C. Ministrys lack of communication with First Nations

"...The Gundy Plan is an agreement through the Blueberry River implementation agreement to work together with the province to find effective ways to balance the interests of the nations, provinces, and petroleum and natural gas tenure holders. It recognizes that a sustainable environment, robust cultural values, and a vibrant local economy are essential for individual and community well-being..."

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2050 Land Use and Mobility Plan: Mayor Plante promising fewer new units than the average building rate in recent years Montrea

"...Montreal, June 19, 2024 The new housing unit construction targets in the City of Montreals 2050 Land Use and Mobility Plan are lower than the results of recent years, deplores a Montreal Economic Institute researcher..."

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Ministry of Agriculture lays out pressures on B.C farmlands

"...DAWSON CREEK, B. C. Greg Bartle, Land Use Planner with the Ministry of Agriculture, presented the Peace River Regional District (PRRD) outlining the pressures on the province's farmlands..."

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Editorial: Trust work not a solo act

"...We regularly refer to the Islands Trust as the areas land use authority, which while correct fails to convey something important: that authority is built upon a foundational reliance on other agencies to complete its work..."

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Nine key takeaways about the state of CO2 removal in 2024

"...But the use of CDR to counterbalance emissions that are difficult to eliminate completely, such as methane from rice farming, will be unavoidable if the world is to reach net-zero, according to the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC)..."

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Hawaii judge orders a new environmental review of a wave pool that foes say is a waste of water

"...The judge said in her ruling that there was insufficient evidence for the HCDA to determine whether there is a likelihood of irrevocable commitment of natural resources and whether secondary and cumulative impacts of water use, injection, land use changes, and wildlife mitigation would likely lead to a significant impact, thereby favoring an injunction..."

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Ontario's privacy watchdog to probe Greenbelt scandal

"...The NDP says they welcome the special report, which will provide a clearer understanding of the government’s conduct. “We have been deeply concerned by revelations of deleted emails, the use of personal accounts, and other apparent attempts to cover-up the government’s actions as it schemed to give preferential treatment to well-connected Greenbelt speculators,” said Marit Stiles, Leader of the Ontario NDP. “Reports like these are rare and very serious..."

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Jobs in land use

Recent employment opportunities from across Canada.

Planner 2 (Urban Design Planner) - City of Burnaby (Burnaby, BC)

"...An incumbent supervises and participates in the collection and analysis of a wide variety of data required for the completion of major planning projects; conducts independent studies to supplement existing sources of research data; coordinates findings and makes recommendations; reviews and prepares complex development proposals related to residential, commercial and industrial rezoning applications; leads neighbourhood planning processes and the preparation of neighbourhood land use plans; prepares and reviews development and design guidelines for specific projects and answers a variety of questions related thereto; consults with applicants and advisers; liaises with other departments, citizens' groups and standing committees; prepares final reports for submission to Council; participates in the work of professional and technical staff engaged in major master planning projects; prepares comprehensive planning reports for submission to superiors, boards and commissions, and the Municipal Council..."

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Supervisor - Land Development - City of Victoria (Victoria, BC)

"...Please be prepared to provide proof of qualifications and supporting materials as outlined in your resume. COVID-19 Vaccination RequirementAll City of Victoria employees are required to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19..."

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Municipal Land Use Planner - Oldman River Regional Services Commission (Lethbridge, AB)

"... A valid driverâs license and a willingness to contribute to the goals and objectives of the Commission are necessary..."

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Manager, Land Development - City of Regina (Regina, SK)

"...A professional with a proven record of being able to motivate, plan, direct and evaluate people and activities of a broad-based municipal organization. Organizational - Good time and project management skills, ability to prioritize, organize and delegate projects and tasks to meet the departmentsâ service delivery standards and targets, and defined expectations of senior leadership and Council..."

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Podcasts

Recent episodes that mention land use.

Plant ID, land use, and friction are we doing enough to support farmers' conservation efforts?

Duration: 14:06

"...Farmers and ranchers are responsible for managing the land they own or rent, including ecologically sensitive areas such as riparian areas and wetlands..."

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Can land use planning protect farmland and still build homes?

Duration: 11:29

"...Can governments protect valuable farmland while at the same time build housing needed for ever-expanding cities and urban cities? That question is being asked throughout Ontario agriculture this week after the provincial government passed the More Homes Built Faster Act, Bill 23..."

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Soil School: Evaluating soil health tests

Duration: 10:52

"...How do you measure soil heath? On this episode of RealAgriculture Soil School, OMAFRA soil scientist and land use specialist Dan Saurette joins Bernard Tobin to look at some of the assessment tools available to farmers and the type of insights they provide..."

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062 | At What Temperature Do Forests Stop Absorbing Carbon?

Duration: 38:25

"...Today I speak with environmental scientist Jason Funk, who runs the Land Use and Climate Knowledge Initiative (LUCKI) about the important findings of a paper called "Long-term thermal sensitivity of earth's tropical forests," which looks at whether forests can continue to pull carbon from the atmosphere as temperatures rise..."

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Informative Video

Discussions, Documentaries, and Investigative Reports about land use.

Episode 184 Benedikt Boesel Save Our Soils Regenerative Farming

"...#regenerativeagriculture#livinglab#landwirtschaft#boden#SDGs#davasus #rehkitz #rehwild #thermaldrone #drohne #landwirtschaft #biolandwirtschaft #regenerativeagriculture #raisingkids #ecosystems #onehealth #SDGs #brandenburg #gutundboesel #ackerpulco #marketgarden #biogemse #jungpflanzen #brandenburg #farmlife#farmvlog#farming#landleben#farm#biolandwirtschaft #regenerative #farming #agriculture #soil #health #biodiversity #sustainability #regenerative agriculture #innovation #partnerships #sustainability #nature connection #food consumption #cows ..."

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Mr. Bruce Knight: Catalyzing a National Ecosystem Services Market

"...Knight explains the history of the Ecosystem Services Market Consortium (ESMC) and details how ecosystem service markets can add incentives to motivate farmers and ranchers to improve soil health..."

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Soil Health Basics: Healthy Soils for Sustainable Cotton Webinar Series, Episode 1

"...If a cotton producer adopts a soil health management system, they will help the cotton industry meet, and exceed, their key performance goals related to increased soil carbon and land use efficiency, and decreased greenhouse gas emissions, soil loss, water use, and energy use..."

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Burning Pantanal | What’s Behind the Fire?

"...Human activity such as deforestation and cattle ranching is encroaching on this precious ecosystem and causing it permanent damage..."

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Academic Research

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

Potential long-term, global effects of enhancing the domestic terrestrial carbon sink in the United States through no-till and

"...Here, we use an integrated energy-economy-land-climate model to comprehensively assess the global land, trade, and emissions impacts of an adoption of domestic no-till farming and cover cropping practices based on carbon pricing..."

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Ensuring nutrition and food safety within planetary boundaries: The role of microalgae-based ingredients in sustainable food ch

"...Given this, this study conducts an analysis oriented to food key ingredients considered essential in human nutrition, namely: proteins, ?-carotene as a precursor of vitamin A, and polyunsaturated fatty acids (docosahexaenoic and eicosapentaenoic acids), using life cycle assessment (LCA) linked to the planetary boundary structure, under nine indices: climate change, biosphere integrity, global biogeochemical fluxes, stratospheric ozone depletion, ocean acidification, global freshwater use, land use change, chemical pollution, and atmospheric aerosol loading..."

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The occurrence of selected organic pollutants in the soils of the Songnen Plain, China

"...The primary goals of this research are to measure the levels of organic pollutants detected in the soil of the Songnen Plain, to correlate the levels of organic pollutants with different land use practices, and to assess the environmental quality of the soil using various pollution indicators..."

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Remote sensing for assessing the impact of forest fire severity on ecological and socio-economic activities in Kozan District,

"...In this study, burn spectral indices derived from Landsat 8 (difference normalized vegetation index (dNDVI) and difference normalized burn ratio (dNBR)) were used to assess the ecological and socioeconomic impacts of forest fires based on an existing land use/land cover dataset..."

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Urbanization of a Subtropical Island (Okinawa, Japan) Alters Physicochemical Characteristics and Disrupts Microbial Community D

"...Urbanization disrupts coastal ecosystems through several pathways?including the replacement of natural habitats with concrete structures that increase runoff pollution?but it remains difficult to isolate and characterize specific impacts of urbanization on marine ecosystems..."

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Geoscape Characterization of Ashtamudi, Sasthamkotta, and Vembanad Ramsar Sites in Kerala, India

"...Wetlands, which serve as transitional zones between terrestrial and aquatic environments, play a crucial role in providing diverse ecosystem services for the sustenance of wildlife and mankind..."

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Habitat fragmentation erodes taxonomic and functional diversity of waterbird communities of the South Pacific coast of Mexico

"...Our results suggest that habitat loss and fragmentation of vegetation cover negatively affect the diversity of waterbird communities and can compromise their link to ecosystem functioning processes in coastal lagoons, by decreasing their functional diversity..."

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Research needs on the biodiversity?ecosystem functioning relationship in drylands

"...In this perspective we highlight some of these gaps, which include: 1) the need to study the BEFr in bare soils devoid of perennial vascular vegetation and biocrusts, a major feature of dryland ecosystems, 2) evaluating how intra-specific trait variability, a key but understudied facet of functional diversity, modulate the BEFr, 3) addressing the influence of biotic interactions on the BEFr, including plant?animal interactions and those between microorganisms associated to biocrusts, 4) studying how differences in species?area relationships and beta diversity are associated with ecosystem functioning, and 5) considering the role of temporal variability and human activities, both present and past, particularly those linked to land use (e..."

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Stakeholder perspectives on landslide triggers and impacts in five countries

"...The comprehensive impacts of landslides included economic losses, infrastructure disruption, agricultural losses, and food security concerns, underscoring the multifaceted nature of this hazard..."

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