Carbon capture an opportunity for Canada to lead the world

Could become a new large-scale industry for Canada while reducing our environmental footprint

Carbon capture an opportunity for Canada to lead the worldCanada’s largest oil sands producers are “in full-scale development mode” on a major joint project designed to significantly reduce greenhouse gas emissions and propel the sector down the path to net-zero. The companies have planned one of the world's largest carbon capture and storage (CCS) projects. It’s a key piece of what could become a…

A subsidy by any other name: The problem with Bay du Nord’s royalties

The potential cost is hundreds of millions of dollars in royalties that must be paid

A subsidy by any other name: The problem with Bay du Nord’s royaltiesTwo weeks after Bay du Nord received environmental approval, the Canadian and Newfoundland and Labrador governments were arguing about who would foot the bill. The project promoted as the answer to Newfoundland and Labrador’s economic woes could end up costing hundreds of millions in revenue. Some backstory: according to the United Nations Convention on the…

Meal kit market in Canada may have peaked

Industry facing headwinds as the economy trends back to normal

Meal kit market in Canada may have peakedMeal kits are to food what IKEA is to furniture: all you need to do is put things together. Meal kits empower consumers to feel like chefs, if only for a while. They have been popular, especially throughout the pandemic. Meal kits provide ideas, ways to manage your meals and some greatly needed inspiration for…

Ditching pesticide ban good for environment

Manitoba must follow the science and re-introduce the bill to lift the ban on cosmetic pesticides

Ditching pesticide ban good for environmentManitoba needs to follow the science and not give into ideological environmentalists who value kneejerk emotionalism over positive outcomes. A case in point is the province’s sensible decision to lift a ban at least partially on cosmetic pesticides passed by the previous NDP government back in 2014. Cosmetic pesticides are pesticides used to control weeds…

Birdwatching in Honduras – plumage aplenty

Daily delights greeted us – toucans, parrots, butterflies, flowering trees, towering mountains

Birdwatching in Honduras – plumage aplentySpring is an exciting time of year as everything awakens and regrowth is rampant. I always eagerly anticipate the return of the birds that migrated southbound last fall. Their beauty and – more importantly – their song delights and revitalizes me. I know where they go, but I seldom get a chance to see them…

U of A ranks 11th in global list of top universities on sustainability

Expertise in biodiversity, agriculture, urban planning show in latest ranking of institutions

U of A ranks 11th in global list of top universities on sustainabilityThe University of Alberta has been named one of the world’s top 15 most sustainable post-secondary institutions for its ongoing efforts to create sustainability on campus and in the local and global community, notably rising from last year’s ranking of 64th in the world. According to the fourth annual Times Higher Education (THE) Impact Rankings, which…

Including Indigenous perspectives in conservation planning

How Indigenous and Western knowledge can be equal partners in conservation solutions

Including Indigenous perspectives in conservation planningProtecting the world’s increasingly fragile environments through land and wildlife management, using the thoughtful approach of Indigenous knowledge, is an idea close to Jared Gonet’s heart. As a citizen of the Taku River Tlingit First Nation, the University of Alberta student in the Faculty of Agricultural, Life & Environmental Sciences is working with his community and with…

The world is running out of oil – vegetable oil

The entire planet will be impacted, one way or another

The world is running out of oil – vegetable oilIt’s funny how sometimes we take the simple things in life for granted. Cooking oil, or vegetable oil, is certainly one of them. Our appreciation for vegetable oil will likely reach new levels in months to come. Oil prices have increased by 25 per cent in just the last six months. While palm oil went…

Working to build a better, cheaper battery for power grids

The cost of zinc-air batteries is one of the biggest hurdles to making them viable

Batteries do the heavy lifting to store excess solar energy on power grids for use after sundown, but to operate, they also rely on pricey elements like platinum. University of Alberta researcher Matthew Labbe would rather leave the precious metals to the jewellers by using cheaper materials to tweak a disposable battery commonly used in…

Inflation drives a stake through the backbone of the country

Visiting rural Canada, seeing the impacts of high gas prices, is gut-wrenching

Inflation drives a stake through the backbone of the countryI recently visited my mom in Saskatchewan, in a little town up in what’s called the province’s northeast but really isn’t. It’s the parkland border between farms and forests, no further north than Edmonton. The region is sparsely populated; if you drew a circle around Momstown with a 65-km radius, that circle would include maybe…

WEBINAR: The pathway to sustainability

This episode features the introductory presentation in our final episodes on decarbonization – Pathway to energy, economic, and environmental sustainability by James Carter. He is also the Moderator for our final episodes. James is the former COO of Syncrude Canada and a graduate of Harvard Business School. The series was produced by KEI Network for…

The global energy map faces dramatic revisions

Putin's war on Ukraine has changed everything

The global energy map faces dramatic revisionsEnergy security is back on the global agenda. Not long ago, energy security was almost taken for granted by all. With the emergence of new energy frontiers over the last decade and a half – including shale oil and gas and the growing emphasis on renewables in the Americas – it was felt that energy…

Extra-low-emission Canadian LNG project gets green light

Natural gas is an absolutely critical part of any clean energy mix

Extra-low-emission Canadian LNG project gets green lightThe future looks brighter for Canada’s emerging liquefied natural gas (LNG) industry. A second project, Woodfibre LNG, has received the green light and a major expansion is being considered for the under-construction LNG Canada plant. It’s no surprise given the red-hot global market for LNG. Last year, LNG prices increased by 435 per cent compared…

Canada’s oil and gas workers don’t need a forced ‘just transition’

The sector will be critical to Canada, and the world, for decades to come

Canada’s oil and gas workers don’t need a forced ‘just transition’The idea of the need for a “just transition” for Canadian oil and gas workers is based on the false narrative that global demand is now decreasing and, therefore, Canada’s industry will no longer be profitable or essential in the very near future. This is not true. Oil and gas will continue to be critical…
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