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Satellite imagery shows most Canadian cities have lost green space over past 20 years

Regina, Saskatoon among few that gained


February 2, 2022
By Turf & Rec

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Canadian cities are losing valuable green space to urbanization, based on satellite imagery. In a survey of 31 Canadian urban centres by Statistics Canada, in which satellite images from 2001, 2011 and 2019 were compared, most of the cities and towns were less “green” in 2019 than they were two decades earlier. Kelowna, B.C., Milton, Ont. and Winnipeg were among those centres that realized the largest decrease in green space while Regina and Saskatoon were among the few that gained green space. Although population growth accounted for much of the losses, drought and insect infestations also contributed.

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