Toronto Trees: $7B in health and environment

Toronto Trees: $7B in health and environment

Toronto trees are worth an estimated $7 Billion, or about $700 per tree, according to a June 9, 2014, report from TD Economics. Toronto trees provide residents with over $80 million, or about $8 per tree, of environmental benefits and savings a year, as they are a critical factor in environmental conditions, human health and the overall quality of urban health. But is it a good idea to put a price on trees?  

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Climate change and gardens

Climate change and gardens

As passionate gardeners, we keep wondering how the changing climate is affecting our gardens. (We last wrote about climate change in this space during the heat of summer in 2010.) We therefore noticed when the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) updated its plant hardiness zone map on January 25, 2012.  Throughout much of the U.S., the map is a half-zone (5 degrees Fahrenheit) warmer than its 1990 predecessor.  

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Coal plant promises to be broken?

Coal plant promises to be broken?

The Alberta Public Utilities Commission is holding hearings into Capital Power's application to be freed of its commitment to reduce greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions from its Genesee coal-fired electrical generation plant. When Capital Power’s Genesee Power plant was approved in 1999, the company agreed to offset greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions from its proposed plant by 50 per cent, to the level of a comparable gas plant. Now that the coal plant has been built, Capital Power wants to be  

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