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Urban Sprawl

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News and Opinion

Coverage of urban sprawl since February 9, 2021.

Penticton hoping to create more FireSmart neighbourhoods

"...The Thomas Creek wildfire burned above OK Falls and Oliver for more than a month. The City of Penticton and the RDOS are hoping to raise provide people in the ecology industry with tools and information on wildfire prevention. ((Mike Biden photo)..."

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LETTER: Community plan should avoid urban sprawl

"...Our future OCP must focus on the need to avoid urban sprawl/agricultural land use conflicts, enhance food security and expand food system economic opportunities. Council needs to address unpredictable climate, increased pest resistance, and declining, increasingly expensive water and energy supplies. The current pandemic has added urgent emphasis to these needs..."

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How Drones Are Branching Out to Fight Climate Change

"...Forests play a critical role in protecting against climate change, but we are rapidly losing trees to logging, agriculture, urban sprawl, wildfires, and more. Unfortunately, manual tree planting involves hard labour and potentially dangerous terrain..."

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Location, location, location: Three ways land use can tackle both the climate and housing crisis Corporate Knights

"...The astronomical cost of housing in Canada’s urban centres is a key driver of growing suburban sprawl. Many would-be homeowners “drive until they qualify” for a mortgage. They end up driving up to three times more than urban households and spending twice as much on transportation (and hampering economic productivity)..."

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LETTER: Langford mayor confuses density with urban sprawl

"...What most take exception to is lopping off tops of mountains, denuding complete areas of all trees and habitat for wildlife, negating many of the reasons folks wanted to move here, and then just brushing off any and all opposing opinions. The exact reason why I moved here was to be close to nature, but not too far from downtown Victoria..."

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15-Minute Cities - Edmonton's bold plan for a sustainable net-zero city

"...15-Minute Cities: Part II Green Energy Futures CKUA Podcast – Edmonton's bold plan for a sustainable net-zero city – Coming Next week..."

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Urban sprawl eats up 175 acres of farmland a day in Ontario

"...He is among Ontario growers worried over the rapid pace of disappearing farmland due to urban sprawl..."

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New vet building contemplated in Houston

"...The new location for Bulkley River Veterinary Services, on North Nadina Drive just across the road from its current home, has been cleared. Rezoning is now in process through the District of Houston. (Anqelique Houlihan photo)..."

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Jack Knox: Your lawn laziness can save the planet

"...The idea, says the Nature Conservancy’s Jensen Edwards, is to offer pollinators access to as much food and nectar as possible during the early growing season. All those little flowers in your lawn, the clover and the dandelions, are like a buffet to them at a time when they really need it..."

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Viewpoint: Death by a thousand cuts

"...Those four words have far-reaching implications for the entire Trust Area as they give trustees enormous latitude in implementing social, economic and environmental goals. Prioritizing everything is the same as prioritizing nothing, and the result of such unanchored policies is apparent in the urban sprawl that surrounds the Gulf Islands..."

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Community 'voice' should guide expanding African cities

"...This expansion is happening faster than infrastructure changes can keep-pace, meaning that residents do not have access to important services to reduce the impact of climate-related events such as flooding, droughts, and heat-stress..."

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Suburbs lead the way in housing completions as starts also climb: CMHC

"..."First, the increasing trend toward suburbanization may accelerate housing external costs (infrastructure investments, roadway congestion and greenhouse gas emissions)," said the report..."

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Informative Video

Discussions, Documentaries, and Investigative Reports about urban sprawl.

How to manage a megacity | The Economist

"...How should the challenges caused by rapid urbanization be handled in the world ahead? Film supported by @Mission Winnow ..."

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Protecting Cape Romain

"...Alarmed by advancing urban sprawl, conservationists in South Carolina rely on the Land and Water Conservation Fund to acquire land needed to protect the natural wonders of a coastal landscape..."

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Academic Research

Recent peer-reviewed papers about urban sprawl relevant to the latest news.

Integrating Ecosystem Services, Green Infrastructure and Nature-Based Solutions?New Perspectives in Sustainable Urban Land Mana

"...Along with the heat waves, floods and droughts associated with climate change, urbanisation challenges our cities, and thus the places where soon 60% of the world?s population will live..."

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The impacts of agricultural and urban land-use changes on plant and bird biodiversity in Costa Rica (1986?2014)

"...Our results confirm that deforestation has been reversed and most of the biodiversity considered is housed in forestland, but also that the expansion of export monocultures and urban sprawl have fragmented and isolated these tropical forests..."

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Green Roofs Towards Circular and Resilient Cities

"...Green roofs are gaining interest as nature-based solutions (NBS) to counteract with several environmental and socio-economic problems associated to urban sprawl and climate change..."

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Projection of urban settlement in eco-sensitive hilly areas and its impact on peak runoff

"...This type of projection, done on the basis of future socio-economic and demographic condition derived from the master plan of a city can be used for environmental impact assessment of the plan..."

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Characterizing the 3-D urban morphology transformation to understand urban-form dynamics: A case study of Austin, Texas, USA

"...Since the 1980s, “new urbanism” and “smart growth” have been advocated in the United States, which promote compact urban forms to cope with the environmental and ecological problems caused by urban sprawl..."

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Urbanization and regional air pollution across South Asian developing countries – A nationwide land use regression for amb

"...5 in Pakistan, which implied that urbanization might be the major cause of air pollution across the country..."

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"...Understanding individual land use/land cover (LULC) change contribution to watershed hydrology is vital for water resource planning, utilization of land resources and sustaining hydrological balance..."

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Monitoring Urban Growth Evolution by Multi-temporal Dynamics Analysis in a Southern Italy Area

"...This study reports the assessment of the urban sprawl on a southern Italy territory in order to estimate the land cover changes from 1990 to 2015 and offer to policy makers a basemap for a more sustainable system of land use..."

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From Consumers to Producers: Energy Efficiency as a Tool for Sustainable Development in the Context of Informal Settlements

"...Our solutions are summarized in three sections: (1) high energy consumption and pollution from the use of nonrenewable energy sources; (2) infrastructure problems such as drainage, water, electricity, and poor building conditions; and (3) building envelope materials that impact quality of life, energy efficiency, and climate change..."

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Vacant lands on French Mediterranean coastlines: Inventory, agricultural opportunities, and prospective scenarios

"...The possible alternative scenarios suggested here can be used as examples for policy makers, to encourage a different point of view regarding land use planning..."

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Assessment of Urban Sprawl Impact on Agricultural Land Use Using Geospatial Techniques

"...This increment will lead to urban sprawl which is associated with destruction of agricultural lands, loss of fertile soils and reduction in food production..."

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