Climate Change

Preventing Disaster Before It Strikes
Preventing Disaster Before it Strikes
Preventing Disaster Before it Strikes 600 400 Mantle

This report profiles 20 best practices to be incorporated into the design and construction of new flood-resilient residential communities in Canada. Ensuring that new communities are built under the direction of these practices is necessary to combat ever-worsening extreme weather that, if not addressed, will result in costly and unremitting flood damage.

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Companies Can No Longer Hide Behind Their Climate Risk
Companies Can No Longer Hide Behind Their Climate Risk
Companies Can No Longer Hide Behind Their Climate Risk 600 400 Mantle

Investors and institutions are increasingly attuned to the impacts of climate change, and how it is fast becoming a cost of doing business. They are asking for more transparency on how companies are thinking about these risks. Companies have historically reported on environmental liabilities related to pollution. But with the introduction of stricter GHG policies and…

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Report on Legal Tools for Flood Resiliency
Report on Legal Tools for Flood Resiliency 600 400 Mantle

The Institute of Catastrophic Loss Reduction and Mantle have released a report exploring legal tools that could be used to require private property owners in existing developments to better manage stormwater and protect against flood risk. It also offers a model bylaw that can be adapted by municipalities across Canada. Read more.

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COP22
Cop22 Report – Outcomes of the U.N. Climate Change Conference
Cop22 Report – Outcomes of the U.N. Climate Change Conference 600 400 Mantle

From November 7-18, 2016, delegates from almost 200 countries gathered in Marrakech for the twenty-second session of the Conference of the Parties to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (COP 22), as well as the first session of the meeting of the Parties to the Paris Agreement. Negotiators came prepared to focus on…

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Research and Information Gathering on Climate Change Mitigation and Adaptation
Research and Information Gathering on Climate Change Mitigation and Adaptation 600 400 Mantle

Mantle team members advised Ontario MOECC on how to achieve climate change mitigation and adaptation objectives through amendments to Ontario’s land use planning framework in the Greater Golden Horseshoe (including the Planning Act, Growth Plan, Greenbelt Plan, Oak Ridges Moraine Plan and Niagara Escarpment Plan). Drawing on an extensive review of literature and best practices,…

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Canada Electricity Generation and Transmission Sectors’ Action and Awareness
Canada Electricity Generation and Transmission Sectors’ Action and Awareness 600 400 Mantle

This primer provides an overview of the concept of embodied carbon and describes how life cycle assessment (LCA) can be used to calculate and minimize life cycle GHG impacts from construction projects. It draws on the lessons learned from a recent case study that calculated the embodied carbon of a new commercial building in Toronto…

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Stormwater Management in Ontario: Legal Issues in a Changing Climate
Stormwater Management in Ontario: Legal Issues in a Changing Climate 600 400 Mantle

The rise in extreme weather events in Ontario and resulting strain on municipal infrastructure have brought increased attention to stormwater management at all orders of government. Recent class action lawsuits against municipalities, conservation authorities and the Province for flooding, both after extreme rainfall events and on a recurring basis due to alleged systematic problems, are…

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