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Why don’t more Torontonians bike to work?

Cycling to work is sustainable and good for our health – but in Toronto, less than 3 per cent of us actually do it.

Now, a new study led by post-doctoral researcher Ahmadreza Imani, Assistant Professor Shoshanna Saxe and Professor Eric Miller of the University of Toronto’s Faculty of Applied Science & Engineering suggests disconnected cycling infrastructure may play a role.

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U of T named one of Canada’s Greenest Employers for 2019

The University of Toronto has been recognized as one of Canada’s Greenest Employers in 2019 for the sixth consecutive year.

This designation, issued by editors of the Canada’s Top 100 Employers project at Mediacorp Canada Inc., recognizes employers who are leaders in developing exceptional sustainability initiatives and creating a culture of environmental awareness in their organizations.

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“Nobody monitors air quality here”: U of T researcher returns home to study Trinidad and Tobago emissions

A new study by a graduate student in the University of Toronto’s Faculty of Applied Science & Engineering measured significant concentrations of traffic-related air pollution near roadways in the small island nation of Trinidad and Tobago, reaching levels comparable to highways in major urban centres like Toronto and Detroit.

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Environment more important to respiratory health than genetics: U of T researcher

A University of Toronto researcher has found strong evidence that environmental exposures, including air pollution, affect gene expressions associated with respiratory diseases much more than genetic ancestry.

Senior author Philip Awadalla, a professor in the department of molecular genetics, analyzed more than 1.6 million data points from biological specimens, health questionnaires and environmental data sets. His study is one of the largest ever to examine the relationship between gene expression and environmental stimuli.

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