By Chris Chipello The cost burden of Quebec’s carbon-pricing policy, is likely to be modest across income groups and industries, according to a McGill University research team. The policy, which began to be implemented in 2013, provides a model for capping emissions “without undue hardship for the population,” the researchers conclude. If anything, they suggest, the program could be more aggressive in seeking to cut emissions. Their findings are reported in the December issue of Canadian Public Policy.
By describing a novel way to quantify urban sprawl, Dr. Barrington-Leigh’s recent study has gathered media attention as it offers a new perspective on urban development and provide further opportunities for research on the topic and the social and environmental impacts of different urban forms.
Increased risk of respiratory illness associated with kerosene fuel use among women and children in urban Bangalore, India
Jill Baumgartner, along with a team of researchers, conducted a study in Bangalore, India, found that the use of kerosene was associated with higher rates of bronchitis, phlegm and chest illnesses compared to cleaner cooking fuels. Occup Environ Med. Published October 23, 2014
Cyclists in Montreal and Toronto can now choose the least polluted routes to get around their cities thanks to an online tool developed at McGill University. Sometimes a detour of less than 1 km can make for a much less polluted ride.
The organisms commonly known as blue-green algae have proliferated much more rapidly than other algae in lakes across North America and Europe over the past two centuries – and in many cases the rate of increase has sharply accelerated since the mid-20th century, according to an international team of researchers led by scientists at McGill University.
The Great Lakes have been invaded by more non-native species than any other freshwater ecosystem in the world. In spite of increasing efforts to stem the tide of invasion threats, the lakes remain vulnerable, according to scientists from McGill University and colleagues in Canada and the United States.
Montreal Gazette | Jan 25, 2015 BY: Rene Bruemmer The Canadian committee of economists headed by McGill University economics professor Chris Ragan, are looking at ways Canada can follow the lead of other countries and start taxing pollution instead of jobs and profits, without hurting taxpayers or Canadian firms’ ability to compete internationally. Read the full story here
Harnessing humidity to quench thirst in the world’s most arid regions Published on May 13, 2014 | McGill Reporter by: Neale McDevitt and Chris Chipello