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Protecting Pollinators - Butterflies ,Bees, Bats and More
20 May, 2019 | 0:28:07 |
EN | Lawson Hunter | EarthMatters

In 'Protecting Pollinators: How to Save the Creatures that Feed Our World', beekeeper and author Jodi Helmer explores why pollinator decline has become so dire and how it can be reversed. Her book, published by Island Press, offers a hopeful vision for the future of pollinators - not just the iconic monarch butterfly and the dainty hummingbird, but the drab...
Making the Case for Building to Zero Carbon
06 May, 2019 | 0:29:09 |
EN | Lawson Hunter | EarthMatters

Transportation is often noted as the biggest source of greenhouse gas emissions. The built environment – offices, factories, homes and hospitals, for example are not far behind. Between the ecological footprint of construction, demolition, and the ongoing generation of heat and electricity used on a daily basis, its no wonder says Jeff Ranson of the Canadian Green Building Council. After...
Clean Works - waterless cleansing of fresh produce
22 Apr, 2019 | 0:29:26 |
EN | Lawson Hunter | EarthMatters

Clean Works is a joint venture between Paul Moyer, a fruit farmer and Court Holdings Ltd., a family business involved in manufacturing, technology and steel services. The process - called Clean Verification - was validated by the Food Science Department at the University of Guelph, a leading agri-food institution. The method is chemical-free and waterless. According to Clean Works, the...
Plant-Based Meat
22 Apr, 2019 | 0:30:00 |
EN | Lawson Hunter | EarthMatters

Growing crops to feed farm animals is vastly inefficient, driving up the price of grains and legumes, and entrenching global poverty. The challenge to produce enough food for 9 billion people by 2050, requires a more efficient system and less food waste. The Good Food Institute works with scientists, investors, and entrepreneurs to discover improved methods and use all the...
Building Inclusive Communities - One Bike at a Time
11 Apr, 2019 | 0:30:01 |
EN | Lawson Hunter | EarthMatters

Community bike shops are run on a mandate to eliminate barriers to cycling by teaching people how to repair and maintain bikes (and offering the tools and space to do so), and providing safe, affordable bikes to those who might otherwise be priced out of the market. Whether running hands-on programs in neighbourhood schools, or just through day-to-day shop activity,...
A Vision for a Circular Economy for Plastics
31 Mar, 2019 | 0:30:00 |
EN | Lawson Hunter | EarthMatters

The use of plastics today is a highly wasteful, linear, take-make-waste model that is harmful to the environment and misses economic opportunities as value is literally thrown away. This linear economy for plastics requires energy and generates emissions for each production cycle that would largely be avoided, were plastic otherwise reused or effectively recycled. In a report to the Smart...
The Atmospheric Fund
25 Mar, 2019 | 0:29:59 |
EN | Lawson Hunter | EarthMatters

The Atmospheric Fund (TAF) invests in urban solutions in the Greater Toronto and Hamilton Area (GTHA) to reduce carbon emissions and air pollution. It’s vision is for a climate-smart urban region that functions within its environmental means and is a leader among climate-friendly urban centres around the world. Julia Langer, CEO of TAF, has held senior leadership positions in the...
Cities in Action
25 Mar, 2019 | 0:29:52 |
EN | Lawson Hunter | EarthMatters

As national governments stumble to address climate change threats, cities are taking action to create stronger, more resilient economies while reducing carbon emissions and preparing for climate change impacts. 'Cities in Action' is a four-day conference being held in Hamilton, Canada featuring national and local leading thinkers and companies to explore the relationship between climate change and the economy, new...
Off-the-Grid Dedicated Energy
16 Mar, 2019 | 0:27:51 |
EN | Lawson Hunter | EarthMatters

During a blustery windstorm in August 2003, a power line in Ohio brushed up against some tree branches. Three transmission lines had short-circuited causing a cascade of events that left 45 million people in the northeastern U.S., and 10 million in Ontario, without power for hours, days, in some cases even a week. Because of a complex system of interlinked...
Smart Shores - Coastal Pollution Mapper
11 Mar, 2019 | 0:27:31 |
EN | Lawson Hunter | EarthMatters

For the first time in Canada, crowdfunding has been used to decide if a federal research grant will be awarded through a program called Fathom Fund. SmartShores uses drones and proprietary data analysis to examine the effects of pollution on shorelines and wetlands. Nathan Vadeboncoeur, President and Founder of SmartShores, is a social entrepreneur who combines science and art to...
Single Source Recycling
11 Mar, 2019 | 0:30:00 |
EN | Lawson Hunter | EarthMatters

Dr. Calvin Lakhan is a research associate at York University in Toronto, Canada. He is also a co-investigator of the "Waste Wiki" project at York University, a research project devoted to advancing understanding of waste management research and policy in Canada. A former environmental consultant, and a government Policy Advisor, Calvin has focused his research on the study of...
Cleaning Hamilton Harbour - a 30 year project
03 Mar, 2019 | 0:29:00 |
EN | Lawson Hunter | EarthMatters

Our guest is Chris McLaughlin, Executive Director of the Bay Area Restoration Council (BARC), based in Hamilton, Ontario, Canada. BARC represents the public interest in the restoration of Hamilton Harbour, long on the list of 'most polluted waterways in North America'. Chris brings us up to speed on the 30 year-long quest to improve water quality and restore a great...
Saving the Planet - Energy, Plastic, and an eco-mystery
16 Feb, 2019 | 0:29:58 |
EN | Lawson Hunter | EarthMatters

Continuing our interviews with entrepreneurs at the Sustainable Hamilton-Burlington Expo 2018: Adam Firchuk, Director, Business Development for Rodan Energy Solutions; and Robert Pocius, President of TekPak Solutions. And we spoke with Marissa Slaven, palliative care physician and author of an eco-mystery novel aimed at the Young Adult audience, 'Code Blue'.
part 2 of 8 80 Cities
03 Feb, 2019 | 0:27:27 |
EN | Lawson Hunter | EarthMatters

Gil Penalosa has traveled to more than 350 communities around the world looking for the best ideas to improve life for people of all ages. He believes the measure of a good place is whether we'd feel comfortable with an 8-year-old biking alone to the neighborhood park or someone in their 80s walking to the grocery store.
8 80 Cities is a Canadian non-profit organization in urban planning - part 1 of 2
03 Feb, 2019 | 0:30:01 |
EN | Lawson Hunter | EarthMatters

Gil Penalosa, Founder and Chair of 880 Cities, has traveled to more than 350 communities around the world looking for the best ideas to improve life for people of all ages. He believes the measure of a good place is whether we'd feel comfortable with an 8-year-old biking alone to the neighborhood park or someone in their 80s walking to...
Is There Hope When it Comes to Climate Change?
17 Jan, 2019 | 0:29:59 |
EN | Lawson Hunter | EarthMatters

Despite the doom and gloom we often hear, the disasters and catastrophic events that grab headlines, there is an optimistic stream that flows through society when we here of individuals, organizations, and increasingly businesses that refuse to just let human-induced climate change take over. Are we reaching a tipping point when a 15 year old goes on strike against Climate...
05 Jan, 2019 | 0:29:00 |
EN | Lawson Hunter | EarthMatters

Many feel that society’s most challenging problems can`t be solved by government and non-profits alone. Companies, small businesses and worker co-ops also play a significant part in addressing socio-economic and environmental issues. Certified B Corporations are businesses that focus on social and environmental performance, public transparency, and legal accountability to balance profit and purpose. B stands for Benefit. We spoke...
Zero-Waste Lifestyle
29 Dec, 2018 | 0:24:23 |
EN | Lawson Hunter | EarthMatters

Kate Pepler moved to Canada’s east coast and attended Dalhousie University. There she learned about environmental issues and it troubled her that more wasn’t being done to reduce waste and recycle. After a year of learning how to source sustainable items and reduce her own waste, Pepler created a website to inspire others to become more eco-conscious and began hosting...
Climate Refugees
16 Dec, 2018 | 0:29:39 |
EN | Lawson Hunter | EarthMatters

The UN Refugee Agency estimates that by 2050, up to 250 million people will be displaced by climate change impacts such as rising sea levels, floods, famine, drought, hurricanes, desertification and the negative impacts on ecosystems. Amali Tower is the Founder and Executive Director of Climate Refugees. Amali has worked the past 12 years to promote the protection of refugees...
Should We Hate Invasive Species?
16 Dec, 2018 | 0:29:59 |
EN | Lawson Hunter | EarthMatters

In a provocative paper, titled ‘Turning over a new leaf: the role of novel riparian ecosystems in catchment management’, authors Samantha Capon, and Gary Palmer, examine research done on Novel riparian ecosystems. These ecosystems host new combinations of species – some might call invasive species – with natural areas affected by human infrastructure. Capon and Palmer feel that conventional management...
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