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Growing Canada's Cleantech Sector Past Covid-19
Source: Forbes

According to the latest figures from the Cleantech Group, Canada’s position in the Global Cleantech Innovation Index has risen from 7th in 2014 to 2nd in 2021. With relatively substantial government funding and an innovative startup ecosystem, Canada seems to be well poised to deliver valuable clean technologies to people around the world. And with cleantech jobs projected to grow by nearly 50% by 2030, all of this bodes well for the future of the Canadian economy. However, supporting cleantech companies as they emerge from the Covid-19 pandemic is a crucial step on that path. Read more on the Forbes website

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Canada's Enticing Green Hydrogen Future
Source: The Conversation

Understanding the difference between gray, blue and green hydrogen is important. Gray hydrogen is produced using fossil fuels. Blue hydrogen is also produced using fossil fuels but involves carbon sequestering emissions underground, leading to significantly reduced emissions. And green hydrogen – the ideal – is produced using renewables (solar, nuclear, wind, etc.). With Canada currently as the world’s fourth largest producer of hydro power and with one of the largest nuclear plants globally operating in Ontario, we’re well poised to become a significant producer in the green hydrogen economy. If we play our cards right. Read more on The Conversation website

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Deafening Hypocrisy of Sympathy from Not-Climate-Friendly Politicians
Source: National Observer

Governments that actively work against the cause of mitigating climate change need to be held more directly accountable when climate change caused weather events wreak havoc on the communities and constituencies they govern. Ford’s government in Ontario is a sobering example of this issue. This article provides a list of the anti-climate protection measures Ford’s government has overseen during its time in office.  Read more on the National Observer website

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Canada's Net Zero Advisory Panel Steps In
Source: Canadian Manufacturing

 The Net Zero Advisory Panel, comprised of experts who are tasked with advising the Canadian government on how it can reach net-zero emissions, is exploring the idea of creating budgets for greenhouse gas emissions. The panel finds that the plans that will make it possible for Canada to achieve net-zero by 2050 are those that “start now” and “use a carbon budget as a basic tool”. Read more on the Canadian Manufacturing website

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Research Shows Environmentally-Minded Firms Do Better
Source: The Ecologist

A new study released by two prominent UK universities finds that companies with better-than-average environmental performance offer investors better returns and lower risk than their polluting rivals. This research adds further evidence to the argument that policies that seek to lower greenhouse gas emissions also can contribute to improving the performance of financial markets around the globe.  It seems that companies who demonstrate better environmental performance also enjoy higher equity valuation and lower associated risk. Read more on The Ecologist website

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IPCC Report Paints Scary and Urgent Picture
Source: The BBC

The UN released a major scientific report earlier this week, outlining the urgency with which humankind needs to curb emissions in order to avoid full-scale climate disaster. The report, being referred to as “code red for humanity”, demands that the world acts quickly. And with Canada as one of the top three emitters globally per capita, the coming decade will be decisive in determining how the future on Earth will look. Read more on the BBC website

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B.C. Mining Industry Booms and Leaves Environmental Concerns Behind
Source: the Vancouver Sun

As B.C.’s mining boom accelerates, with growing global demand for B.C. resources on the rise and with government policy that has advantaged the mining industry, British Columbians need to consider how they want their province to look in the coming decades. The B.C. government has tightened regulations for the mining industry but those regulations still fall far too short given that they are building, slowly, upon what was essentially a total absence of regulation. Read more on the Vancouver Sun website

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One Billion Marine Animals Perish in June Heat Dome
Source: The Conversation

 

Heatwaves are hard on humans, but they are catastrophic for wildlife. Without a way to escape the heat, land and water animals face grave consequences when temperatures rise by even a small margin. And this summer, temperatures are hotter than normal across many regions. An estimated one billion marine animals are believed to have perished during the heatwave this past June in the Pacific Northwest. Read more on The Conversation website

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Canada's Post COVID-19 Cleantech Sector
Source: Forbes

Canada currently sits as number two on the Global Cleantech Innovation Index. In order to address existing industry challenges, the Canadian federal government recently invested more than $55M to spur investments and jobs but more work needs to be done to bridge funding gaps, boost commercialization and address the needs of the corporate sector. Read more on the Forbes website

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The Challenges of Rural Green Energy
Source: The Conversation

Many remote communities are powered by diesel generators. Mini-grid renewable energy systems can help reduce this rural diesel dependency, but many of these projects fail shortly after their installation due to an absence of local maintenance or a lack of acceptance. With diesel being an expensive and unsustainable source of energy, finding a solution to this issue is an integral piece of moving towards a green energy and an equitable energy future.  Read more on The Conversation website

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The New Normal of Shattering Records
Source: The Conversation

Extreme heat waves that once were very improbable are now poised to become common weather occurrences. Nasa has mapped the changing global temperature bell curve year by year from 1951 which can be viewed in video form in this article. What it spells out is that until we reduce the amount of carbon being emitted into the atmosphere, extreme weather events like heat waves, coastal flooding, drought, wildfires, reduced spring snowpack, very heavy rainfall and hurricanes and tropical storms all will only continue to become not just worse but more commonplace.  Read more on The Conversation website

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$7 Billion for Cleantech in Canada
Source: The Financial Post

Toronto-based alternative asset manager, Brookfield Asset Management Inc., has raised US$7 billion for its new impact investment fund. With plans to raise as much as $12.5 billion, it could become the largest impact investment fund globally. The announcement has also drawn some critique as Brookfield’s true commitment to emissions reductions is brought into question by their continued fossil fuel investments. Read more on The Financial Post website

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Geoengineering Might Save Us But Can We Trust It
Source: The Conversation

While Canadian climate policy still has yet to formally address solar geoengineering, the government has acknowledged that the discipline could have immense importance in our future on Earth. Geoengineering must be understood as a complement to and not a substitute for emissions reductions, given the myriad environmental issues that cannot be addressed through geoengineering, like the acidification of our oceans. Read more on The Conversation website

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Turning Manure into Energy
Source: Canadian Manufacturing

A company called Atco Energy Solutions has announced a new facility which will process agricultural manure and other organic waste to produce natural gas all the while harvesting the harmful methane emissions contained in the organic matter. The facility will become one of the largest producers of renewable gas in Canada – enough gas per year to heat 2,500 homes and emissions reductions to the tune of 20,000 tonnes annually. Read more on the Canadian Manufacturing website

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Electric Off-Road Vehicle Production Ramps-Up
Source: Canadian Manufacturing

Taiga Motors Corporation, an electric off-road vehicle manufacturer, has announced $50M in funding for their proposed Shawnigan Mass-Production Assembly Facility. The project and development will require a total investment of $125.17 million and will enable Taiga to accelerate production of its off-road vehicle platforms and powertrains. This project represents a step forward for Canada in its mission to become a global leader in the production of green vehicles. Read more on the Canadian Manufacturing website

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Shell Canada Plans Carbon Capture Project
Source: Canadian Manufacturing

Shell Canada has proposed a plan for a new carbon capture storage project at its Scotford Complex near Edmonton. Carbon capture allows for emitters to capture the carbon they produce that would otherwise be released into the atmosphere and store it underground instead. They say that the project would capture and store 750,000 tonnes of carbon dioxide per year from their Scotford refinery and chemicals plant. Read more on the Canadian Manufacturing website

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First Cobalt Corp. Facility Only Refiner in North America
Source: Canadian Manufacturing

This week, First Cobalt Corp. announced an update on the expansion and recommissioning of its battery materials hydrometallurgical refinery in Ontario. The low carbon footprint facility will be up and running by the end of 2022 and will become the only refiner of battery-grade cobalt sulfate in North America and the second largest outside of China. This production capability represents an important step forward for Canada as it carves out an important role in the cleantech industry. Read more on the Canadian Manufacturing website

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EU Ramps Up Climate Action
Source: The Globe and Mail

While it remains to be seen how the biggest carbon emitters (China, USA, Canada) will curb their GHG emissions in order to limit the rise in global temperatures to 1.5 degrees Celsius, the EU is moving forward with increasingly stringent climate measures in advance of the scheduled climate talks in Glasgow, Scotland, this coming November. Measures include mandating only zero-emissions vehicles by 2035, expanding the continent’s carbon market and increasing the rate at which emissions caps shrink. Read more on The Globe and Mail website

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A New and Greener Kind of Housing
Source: Marsdd.com

While there have been growing efforts across Canada to renovate and retrofit older buildings to improve their energy efficiency, there have been very few cases of developments that are designed to be independent – even partially – from the established electricity grid. Until now. In Pickering, you can now find Canada’s first planned micro-grid community which touts solar panels and high-capacity Testla batteries that store excess energy generated. Read more on The MaRS website

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Facing up to the Nitrous Oxide Elephant
Source: TheConversation.com

High levels of the greenhouse gas nitrous oxide – a gas 300 times more powerful than carbon dioxide – are being released by Earths oceans . When organic matter dies and decomposes on an unusually large scale it leaves behind oxygen-depleted waters or ‘dead zones’. Through a process called upwelling, nitrous oxide is released by the sediments of this decomposed organic matter and then makes its way out of the oceans and into the atmosphere. Read more on The Conversation website

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North American Heatwave is the Future of Weather
Source: The Conversation.com

The heatwave that has been wrecking havoc on the western coast of North America was caused by rainfall near Japan. Understanding how Earth’s weather will change as climate change accelerates is integral to ensuring that humans can continue to exist safely on our planet. In order to gain this level of fine detail we need to build complex and expensive computer models. Read more on The Conversation website

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All Electric by 2035
Source: CanadianManufacturing.com

The Liberal party of Canada has announced that by 2035 all cars and light duty trucks sold in Canada will need to be electric. This result must be achieved in order to make it possible for Canada to meet its commitment to reach net-zero by 2050. Currently, only three to four percent of new vehicles sold in Canada are electric – a number which needs to rise to ten percent by 2025 to meet current milestones. Read more on the Canadian Manufacturing website

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Navigating the Risks and Rewards of Carbon Farming
Source: TheConversation.com

Carbon farming shows some promise as a natural carbon emissions solution but also concerns many who fear that it could become the next climate change mitigation solution to be over-sold. While soil does have carbon storage capabilities, determining exactly how much carbon any given plot of soil has absorbed or could absorb is incredibly challenging.  Read more on The Conversation website

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The Orchestral Future of Energy Generation
Source: Marsdd.com

Digitizing Canada’s energy grid is a crucial way for us to ensure that our electricity supplies are reliable and resilient. Part of that transformation will mean also localizing and de-centralizing energy generation, making utilities into “conductors of an orchestra” rather than a solo artist.  Digitizing the grid, however, also entails considerable investment and cutting-edge battery technology to de-risk the inevitably inconsistent supply of renewable energy. Read more on the MaRS website

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Solving Oil's Wastewater Issue With Bacteria
Source: TheConversation.com

Synthetic biologists – a new term to describe specialists who strategically blur the lines between physical, biological and digital sciences – have figured out how to put bacteria to work on recycling  molecules in wastewater by manipulating their DNA and re-programming it to take on particular jobs. This new strategy for dealing with contaminated substances has incredible potential to revolutionize how humans can clean up industrial waste. Read more on The Conversation website

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Would You Eat Upcycled Food?
Source: The Conversation

Wasting less is on many people’s minds these days and one important and emerging trend is the upcycling of food. With the food industry globally losing anywhere from 20-40% of its product due to a plethora of challenges that emerge during the lifetime of a grain, plant, fruit or vegetable, there is massive potential to maximize food production and make access to nutritious food more equitable. Some people are doing it. Would you want to eat upcycled foods? Read more on the Canadian Manufacturing website

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Agricultural Clean Technology Program Now Taking Applications
Source: CanadianManufacturing.com

The province’s $165.7 million dollar Agricultural Clean Technology Program is officially open and taking applications on a rolling basis. The fund focuses on providing funding to help farmers and agri-businesses develop and adopt the latest clean technologies to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and enhance their competitiveness. Read more on the Canadian Manufacturing website

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The Dirty Side of Lithium-Ion Batteries
Source: The Star

The lithium-ion batteries that power so many of the technologies that we depend on daily involve harsh production processes that make them an environmentally damaging item to produce. Lithium mines need to be re-thought so that they are less destructive to the environment around them, especially that “demand for lithium may increase by 200 or 300 per cent by the mid-2030s”. Read more in the article on The Star website

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WaterPower Canada Virtual Conference for October 2021
Source: CanadianManufacturing.com

From October 6 to 8 this coming autumn, WaterPower Canada will host its annual Canadian Waterpower Week virtually. The conference will explore hydropower’s evolving role in the Canadian clean-energy mix and will host more than 400 industry stakeholders from Canada, the U.S. and abroad. Read more about the event on the Canadian Manufacturing website

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A Refresher on the Facts of Climate Change
Source: The New York Times

Though you might not need more convincing on the reality of climate change, this article from the New York Times sets out some of the most important facts in crystal clear detail. With the scientific understanding that greenhouse gases create a warming effect being more than a century old, there is more than enough science to show that Earth is warming because of human activities. Read the full article on The New York Times website

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G7 Fails to Talk About Global Warming Tracking
Source: The Conversation.com

 A topic that continues to go largely unbroached on the international diplomatic stage is that country-specific reporting on total emissions over time are not a part of standard emissions reporting. This perpetuates the fundamental injustice at the heart of the climate crisis which is that the nations responsible for the lion’s share of GHG emissions are not taking proportional responsibility for their emissions. Read the full article on The Conversation website

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The Mighty Challenge of Carbon Lock-In
Source: TheConversation.com

Demand for oil and gas globally is predicted to increase over the coming 15 to 20 years as emerging economies grow stronger and more energy intensive. And as long as governments continue to provide subsidies and tax breaks to fossil fuel industries, investing in renewables will continue to be comparatively risky. The task for politicians is to find ways to combat “carbon lock-in”. Read the full article on The Conversation website

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Jaguar Land Rover to Develop Hydrogen Fuel Cell Defender
Source: Business Green

Jaguar Land Rover has announced its plans to develop a new Defender model that will run using hydrogen fuel cell technology. The R&D program, called Project Zeus, is part-funded by the government-backed Advanced Propulsion Centre and unites a variety of partners. Jaguar Land Rover is working towards its new goal to end sales of fossil fuel vehicles by 2036. Read the full article on the Business Green website

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Entrepreneurs are Canada's Answer to the Climate Crisis
Source: Marsdd.com

According to a recent report from the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, we need to figure out how to actually remove carbon from the atmosphere. CarbonCure is just one of a few Canadian companies that has developed technologies to pull carbon out of the atmosphere and repurpose it. Read the full article on the MaRS website

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Zero-Emissions Ferry Construction Begins
Source: The Maritime Executive

Construction has officially commenced on the world’s first fully electric passenger fast ferry on the west coast of Norway. The catamaran vessel will carry 150 passengers and is both noiseless and GHG emissions-free. The modularized design of the ship lowers the money and time required to build it by 25% and 70% respectively compared with other electric fast ferries. Read the full article on the Maritime Executive website

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Application Deadline for RBC Women in Cleantech is Tomorrow
Source: Marsdd.com

Tomorrow is the last day to apply for the RBC Women in Cleantech Accelerator. The accelerator recruits ten women entrepreneurs each year and coaches them through an intensive 12-month program to help them advance their careers in what is currently a very male-dominated industry. Read all about the accelerator on the Marsdd website

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A $1.3B Loss - Keystone XL Officially Terminated
Source: TheCBC.ca

On Wednesday, the Alberta government and TC Energy announced the official termination of the Keystone XL Pipeline. The decision marks the end of a project that was first announced in 2005. The bill for the project will be an economic burden for the province for years to come. Read the full article on The CBC website

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$165.7 Million for Agricultural Clean Technology Program
Source: ThePigSite.com

During Canadian Environmental Week the Minister of Agriculture and Agri-Food, the Honourable Marie-Claude Bibeau, announced a new $165.7-million dollar fund for farmers and agri-businesses. The fund will help with the development and adoption of the latest clean technologies, focusing specifically on green energy and energy efficiency, precision agriculture and the bioeconomy. Read the full article on The Pig Site website

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A New Leaf for Alberta
Source: CanadianManufacturing.com

NDP Rachel Notley, Alberta’s Opposition Leader, says if she is elected in 2023 she will prioritize the province’s transition towards becoming a renewable energy powerhouse. Her plan entails investments in geothermal energy, hydrogen fuel and the manufacturing of carbon fibre from bitumen and would help Alberta’s electricity grid reach net-zero by 2035. Read the full article on the Canadian Manufacturing website

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Climate Change vs. COVID-19
Source: The Guardian

According to recent research, the economies of rich countries will lose 8.5% of GDP per year – nearly $5tn – if temperatures rise by 2.6C.  This equates to annual losses roughly equaling double the average yearly economic contraction caused by COVID-19, which lies at around 4.2%. Read the full article on The Guardian website

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Can a River Be a Legal Person?
Source: TheConversation.com

A river in Northern Quebec was declared a ‘legal person’ in February by the Innu Council of Ekuanitshit and the Minganie Regional County Municipality, a move that could substantially alter plans to build a hydroelectric dam on the river. This ‘kincentric’ view of the world positions the natural world as relatives of humankind rather than resources for exploitation. Read the full article on the The Conversation website

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The Domino Effect of Climate Change
Source: The Guardian

New and concerning research shows that even if humans limit the rise in the average temperature on Earth to 2 degrees Celsius – the threshold established through the Paris Agreement – the knock-on effects of certain climate change events already happening could accelerate the rate of global warming beyond what the Paris Agreement accounted for. Read the full article on the The Guardian website

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EU Establishes $1 Billion Fund for Cleantech
Source: TechCrunch.com

The EU announced yesterday that it would be establishing a $1 billion fund to provide crucial early stage funding to cleantech companies working on either green hydrogen, sustainable aviation fuels, direct air capture or long-duration energy storage. These areas of focus are deemed high-impact industries in the global effort to transition away from the use of fossil fuels.  Read the full article on the Tech Crunch website

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Battle to Protect Fairy Creek's Old-Growth Forest
Source: TheConversation.com

While the Federal and various Provincial Canadian governments focus increasingly on cleantech investments, another stew on the broil is the citizen fight against the logging of old-growth forests on Vancouver Island. So far, 100 people have been arrested in protests at Fairy Creek – the site of the latest fight to protect old-growth forests from logging activities. Read the full article on The Conversation website

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$44.3 Million for Canadian Cleantech Companies
Source: CanadianManufacturing.com

Last week the Canadian government announced $44.3 million dollars worth of investments in eleven Canadian cleantech companies. The decision is indicative of the increasingly broad consensus across Canadian politics that the Canadian cleantech sector – one that employs more than 200,000 people at present – is the future and needs support now to succeed. Read the full article on the Canadian Manufacturing website

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Green Growth is an Oxymoron
Source: The Conversation

Green growth is an oxymoron, with growth by definition requiring more material extraction. Thus, actually reducing the consumption and waste of energy is crucial to a green future. “Carbon reduction without consumption reduction is only possible through methods that have their own problematic environmental impacts.” Read the full article on The Conversation website

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Ballard to Provide Hydrogen Buses to Frankfurt
Source: CanadianManufacturing.com

Ballard Power Systems will provide hydrogen powered buses to the city of Frankfurt, with the buses hitting the road in 2022. The buses can travel a total of 350 kilometers before needing to refuel, and are a key to the German city’s mission to be climate neutral by 2050. Read the full article on the Canadian Manufacturing website

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Shell Ordered to Cut GHG Emissions Faster Than Planned
Source: Yahoo Finance

On Wednesday this week a Dutch court ruled that Royal Dutch Shell needs to reduce its greenhouse gas emissions faster than the company had planned. The company will have to cut its absolute carbon emissions by 45% by 2030 compared to 2019 levels. This ruling is a major win for climate change activists globally and sets a crucial precedent for holding corporations accountable to the effects of their emissions. Read the full article on the Yahoo Finance website

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The Catch 22 of Forest Fires
Source: The Conversation

Wildfires are both driven by and drivers of climate change. This is perhaps one of the things that makes them most frightening. In B.C., extreme fires in 2017 and 2018 produced greater amounts of greenhouse gases than all other sectors of the economy combined. Humans can take action by emitting less greenhouse gases, conducting prescribed burning and strategic forest thinning, and avoiding further development of fire-risk areas. Read the full article on The Conversation website

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Global Plastics Produced by Just a Few
Source: The Guardian

State-owned and multinational corporations, including oil and gas giants and chemical companies, are largely responsible for the incredible amount of plastics on Earth. And mainstream banks directly enable them by providing loans and financing. The public is starting to pay attention to the few players that generate almost all of the single-use plastic waste in the world. Read the full article on The Guardian website

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Loop Energy and Aliant Battery Partner on Hydrogen
Source: CanadianManufacturing.com

Loop Energy, a developer and manufacturer of hydrogen fuel cell-based solutions, has partnered with Aliant Battery, an electric battery developer. This partnership marks a significant step forward for both companies, with new customers and new product applications on the horizon. The future of electric vehicles powered by hydrogen fuel cell technology looks bright! Read the full article on the Canadian Manufacturing website

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Glacial Bugs Dangerous Source of Methane
Source: TheConversation.com

As ice sheets grow they bury old soils and sediments, which contain carbon. As ice sheets melt, the carbon otherwise contained in those ice sheets is released and becomes a considerable source of greenhouse gas. Scientists now, though, are working to understand the amount and threat posed by methane stored in ice sheets – methane, which is produced by methanogen microbes. Read the full article on The Conversation website

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Minister of Industry, Science and Innovation Talks Federal Budget
Source: CanadianManufacturing.com

François-Philippe Champagne, Federal Minister of Industry, Science and Innovation discusses the 2021 Federal Budget and how COVID-19 economic relief and recovery plans connect to cleantech and innovation. Watch the video of the interview on the Canadian Manufacturing website

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Carbon Capture Encounters its Limits
Source: TheConversation.com

Carbon capture is an existing capability and can be utilized in producing everything from plastics to concrete to carbonated beverages. The challenge remains convincing consumers to buy products comprised, in part, of CO2 collected from the atmosphere. Would you buy a can of pop knowing that the carbonation was CO2 emitted by a factory? Read the full article on The Conversation website

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Industrial Farming Linked to Superbugs
Source: CanadianManufacturing.com

Industrial-scale farming activities have been proven to be the source of antibiotic resistance genes (ARGs) in surrounding public waterways, according to a new report which examined sites in Canada, Spain, the USA and Thailand. Because animals in industrial-scale farming operations are so often unhealthy, antibiotics are used liberally, encouraging the development of superbugs. Those superbugs pose a harrowing threat to human health globally. Read the full article on the Canadian Manufacturing website

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20 Percent of Earth's Fresh Water is in Canada
Source: TheConversation.com

Canada is home to 20 percent of the world’s fresh water and 10 percent of the world’s renewable fresh water sources. The new Canada Water Agency has been created to help coordinate Canadian fresh water preservation efforts and one of its major challenges will be finding ways to coordinate highly fragmented water management structures across the country. Read the full article on The Conversation website

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Caribou Populations at Risk of Fire-Caused Habitat Loss
Source: CanadianManufacturing.com

Self-sustaining woodland populations of caribou in B.C. and Alberta are increasingly at risk as the threat of fires grows through warmer and drier summers and increased and expanding human activity throughout both provinces. “Most wildfires are human-caused,” according to the article, and more than two-thirds of the caribou habitat loss in recent years is due to wildfires. Read the full article on the Canadian Manufacturing website

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B.C. Leads North America in Electric Vehicle Sales
Source: CanadianManufacturing.com

Electric vehicles are selling in record numbers in B.C., also putting the province at the North American electric vehicle vanguard with more than 54,000 electric vehicles having been registered in 2020. This trend aligns with the Zero-Emission Vehicles Act which requires vehicles makers to sell increasing numbers of electric vehicles. Read the full article on the Canadian Manufacturing website

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Fuel Cell Electric Vehicles Get a Boost
Source: CanadianManufacturing.com

Ballard Power Systems and Linamar Corporation have announced the formation of a strategic alliance for the co-development and sale of fuel cell powertrains and components for Class 1 and 2 vehicles. Fuel Cell Electric Vehicles (FCEVs) are an important part of the transition toward transportation emissions reductions and present certain advantages over traditional battery-powered electric vehicles. Read the full article on the Canadian Manufacturing website

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Solar Canal Solution Shines Bright for California
Source: TheConversation.com

The ‘solar canal solution’, lauded by climate scientists and engineers as “an easy win-win for both water and climate in California”, would help reduce evaporation of California’s canals while generating clean power through solar panels which would be installed on top of the California canal system. Read the full article on The Conversation website

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The Unfortunate Reality of Carbon Offsets
Source: The Guardian

A new article in The Guardian examines the issue of carbon offsetting specifically in the aviation industry and concludes that the best and only truly reliable way to reduce carbon emissions is to actually emit less greenhouse gases in the first place. Read the full article on The Guardian website

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Increasing Ocean Temperatures Threaten 90% of Ocean Life
Source: The Conversation

As ocean water temperatures increase, many species are being pushed into new latitudes. When this same situation unfolded 252 million years ago it led to the extinction of 90% of all marine species because species pushed into new climates and habitats struggle to compete and adapt. Read the full article on The Conversation website

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BC Government Invests $500 Million in BC Strategic Investment Fund
Source: bctechnology.com

The Government of BC has announced a ground-breaking $500-million strategic investment fund that will drive innovation, sustainability and inclusiveness in B.C.’s economy. With a focus on diversifying B.C.’s resource extraction heavy economy, this is good news for cleantech. So is the “triple bottom line” investment mandate. Read the full article on the BC Technology website

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Truelove Seeds Brings Seed Knowledge to Life
Source: TheConversation.com

Truelove Seeds is an agritech company on a mission to preserve seeds and everything that goes with them. With a profit-sharing model that benefits farmers and gardeners they’re advancing an industry that is as precarious as it is important. Read the full article by Dan Healing on The Star website

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Recognition Wanting for Companies Cutting Emissions
Source: thestar.com

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau announced brand new emissions reduction targets that would mean Canada cutting emissions by 40 percent below 2005 levels by 2030. Canadian industry says they have not been included in the decision-making process and that they need to see greater reward for emissions-reducing efforts.  Read the full article by Dan Healing on The Star website

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Canada's Precarious Cleantech Lead
Source: NationalObserver.com

As Canada’s mighty neighbour steps with unprecedented fervour into the climate action arena under the Biden presidency, Canada risks losing its cleantech lead in North America. To succeed, B.C. needs to let go of the idea that resource extraction is the safe driver for the province’s economy. Read the full article by Andrea Reimer on the National Observer website

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Trudeau Pledges to Slash GHG Emissions
Source: cbc.ca

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau announced last week that he would slash Canada’s greenhouse gas emissions by at least 40% by 2030. The target is said to be both “ambitious” and “attainable”. Read the full article by John Paul Tasker on the CBC website

 

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Indigenous Knowledge is Key to Nature Conservation
Source: The Conversation.com

To combat the biodiversity crisis humans need to fundamentally re-think our economy and society to make nature conservation the norm. On this front, there is much to learn from Indigenous communities. Read the full article on The Conversation website

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Why Canada Should Invest in Macrogrids for Greener Electricity
Source: The Conversation.com

Climate change means energy infrastructure needs to be resilient to extreme weather events. Scaling sustainable energy infrastructure is essential to energy resilience in the future. Read the full article by Ryan Remiorz on The Conversation  website

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Net-Zero Depends on the Ocean's Capacity to Absorb Carbon
Source: The Conversation.com

Climates around the world depend on the continued capacity of Earth’s oceans to regulate heat and absorb carbon. Canada needs to better understand how ocean conditions are changing Earth’s climate. Read the full article by Paul Chiasson on The Conversation website

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Parity AI Listed on 2021 Global Cleantech 100 List
Source: Canadian Manufacturing.com

Global Cleantech named 100 companies to their 2021 list to recognize significant progress in clean energy solutions and the reduction of greenhouse gas. Parity AI made the list this year as a company that designs artificial intelligence to mimic human behaviour. Read the full article by CM Staff on the Canadian Manufacturing website

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Innovate BC Awards $900k to Three BC Research Projects
Source: Canadian Manufacturing.com

Innovate BC has announced $900,000 of funding for  three BC research projects. The projects include a compostable bioplastics company, a sensor company and a radiopharmaceuticals company. Read the full article by CM Staff on the Canadian Manufacturing website

 

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Floral Industry Struggles with Covid-19 and Sustainability Concerns
Source: Canadian Manufacturing.com

Sustainability concerns have increased regarding the process of cutting and distributing flowers globally. Covid-19 has also hurt the floral industry. Read the full article by Paul D. Larson on the Canadian Manufacturing website

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Canadian Companies Make 2021 Global Cleantech 100 List
Source: Canadian Manufacturing.com

Eleven Canadian companies have made the Global Cleantech 100 list. The list is put together by the Cleantech Group, which measures industry leaders with significant impact on CO2 emissions through innovative products and technological improvements. Read the full article by CM Staff on the Canadian Manufacturing website

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Judge Hears Inquiry on Alberta Oil
Source: Canadian Manufacturing.com

This week a judge will preside over a dispute relating to Alberta’s public inquiry into the planned foreign funding of environmental welfarism. The planned inquiry aligns with the “fight-back” conservative political strategy. Read the full article by the Canadian Press on the Canadian Manufacturing website

 

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Scotiabank Invests in Transition to Low-Carbon Economy
Source: Canadian Manufacturing.com

In line with the partnership with the Institute of Sustainability Finance, Scotiabank launches into supporting research aimed at aligning mainstream financial markets with Canada’s transition to a lower-carbon economy with a $1 million net-zero research fund. Read the full article by CM Staff on the Canadian Manufacturing website

 

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Report Reveals Canada's Net Zero Ambitions Require Stronger Policy
Source: Canadian Manufacturing.com

A report published by the Canadian Institute for Climate Choices provides an in-depth scenario report exploring how Canada can reach net zero by emissions by 2050. The report suggests that Canada can capitalize on unique advantages whilst achieving net-zero. Read the full article by CM staff on the Canadian Manufacturing website

 

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Feds Invest $682k in Conservation Efforts at Sable Island National Park
Source: Canadian Manufacturing.com

The government of Canada embarks on a project to protect important habitats at Sable Island National Park Reserve to better understand the influence of the wild horses on its ecosystems. Parks Canada and the Sable Island Institute will also develop interactive material for virtual visitors. Read the full article by CM staff on the Canadian Manufacturing website

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Ballard to Develop a Fuel-Cell Powered Ship
Source: Canadian Manufacturing.com

Ballard Power Systems has signed a non-binding Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with Global Energy Ventures to develop a new fuel-cell powered ship designed to transport compressed green hydrogen. Read the full article by CM staff on the Canadian Manufacturing website

 

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Sustainability Accounting and ESG Reporting
Source: Canadian Manufacturing.com

Sustainability accounting and ESG (Environmental, Social & Governance) Reporting are becoming increasingly important to investors and boards across industries globally. Read the full article by Leanne Keddie on the Canadian Manufacturing website

 

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Nanaimo Airport to Setup New EV Chargers
Source: Canadian Manufacturing.com

To encourage the adoption of zero carbon emissions, the Government of Canada has announced an investment of $200,000 in the installation of four electric vehicle fast chargers at the Nanaimo airport. Read the full article by CM Staff on the Canadian Manufacturing website

 

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France Grows EV Shares
Source: Cleantechnica.com

France is Europe’s second-largest auto market and has experienced growth in its electric vehicle market, reaching a threshold of 11.6% of vehicles on the road being electric in January 2021. Read the full article by Dr. Maximillian Holland on Cleantechnica’s website

 

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Keystone XL Pipeline Opponents Demand Further Action
Source: Canadian Manufacturing.com

 Opponents of the Keystone XL Pipeline anticipate further anti-pipeline decisions. Pipeline projects that could be affected include the Dakota Access, Enbridge Line 3, Line 5, and Mountain Valley. Read the full article by The Associated Press on the Canadian Manufacturing website

 

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Ground-Breaking Business Model Empowers Cleantech Startups
Source: Marsdd.com

One of Alacrity Cleantech’s portfolio companies, Swirltex, has adopted the “service-model approach”. Melanie McClare, CEO of Swirltex, explains “it’s the same asset, same design but can be used for two completely different market verticals.” Read the full article by Micah Toub on the Mars website

 

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Keystone XL Dismissal By Biden Propels Canada's Oil Sector to Pioneer New Projects
Source: The Conversation.com

U.S. President Joe Biden has issued an executive order that cancels the Keystone XL Pipeline. Prime Minister Justin Trudeau issued a statement expressing disappointment and acceptance in face of the decision. Read the full article by Warren Mabee on The Conversation website

 

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2021: A Year of Electric Vehicle Market Reform
Source: Canadian Manufacturing.com

In line with the recent General Motors announcement regarding building electric vehicles, other auto manufacturers are also announcing their commitments to electric vehicles. Kia Motors and Lion Electric have announced their plans to rebrand and develop electric vehicle manufacturing facilities. Read the full article by CM Staff on the Canadian Manufacturing website

 

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Growing Concerns Regarding EU's Fishing Activities
Source: The Conversation.com

The EU has spoken about the importance of fairness and sustainability in fishing but has done little to actually ensure those ideals are achieved. Read the full article by Andrew Frederick Johnson and Ingrid Kelling on The Conversation website

 

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Electronics Recycling EPRA Encourages
Source: Plant.ca

The Electronic Products Recycling Association (EPRA) is a non-profit organization that promotes the importance of carefully recycling resource-rich electronics to better safeguard nature and human societies.  Read the full article by Rob Paul on the Plant Canada website

 

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Biden Rejoins Paris Climate Agreement
Source: The New York Times.com

President Joseph Biden’s first climate action includes rejoining Paris Agreement. This move is the first step in healing a deep rift between the United States and the rest of the world. Read the full article by Coral Davenport and Lisa Friedman on The New York Times website

 

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Study Finds Polyester Fibres Widespread in the Arctic Ocean
Source: The Conversation.com

Synthetic fibres have been detected throughout the Arctic Ocean in zooplankton, fish, seabirds and marine mammals. In a recently published study textiles, laundry machines and municipal wastewater are suspected to be a principal source of these Microplastics. Read the full article by Peter S. Ross on The Conversation website

 

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Norway to Pursue Deep-Sea Mining of Metals
Source: Reuters.com

Norway seeks a leading role in mining copper, zinc, and other metal found on the seabed, despite controversy and push-back over the environmental risks associated with exploring the world’s seabed. Read the full article by Nerijus Adomaitis on the Reuters website

 

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Global Cleantech 100 Report Findings
Source: Solar Impulse.com

The Global Cleantech 100 produced yearly by the Cleantech group has been released. This year’s edition is titled “From Chaos to Transformation: The Companies and Themes Delivering Sustainable Innovation” and outlines the biggest trends in the cleantech sector. Read the full article by Tristan Lebleu on the Solar Impulse Foundation website

 

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Venus' Climate Once like Earth's: Climate Change Made It Uninhabitable
Source: The Conversation.com

Venus has a surface temperature of 450 degrees making it uninhabitable for life as we know it. Scientists have found evidence suggesting that Venus’ surface temperature was once much cooler but climbed because of the runaway greenhouse effect. Read the full article by Richard Ernst on The Conversation website

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Quebecor Joins EV100 Initiative
Source: Canadian Manufacturing.com

Quebecor announces it is joining the EV100 Initiative with the aim of accelerating the adoption of electric vehicles. The initiative is aimed at reducing the greenhouse gas emission of Quebec by more than 50%. Read the full article by CM Staff on The Canadian Manufacturing website

 

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EV Battery Tech and LOI HillCrest Collaboration
Source: Canadian Manufacturing.com

Extreme Vehicles Battery Technologies Corp, Squamish Ecoville Ltd and Hillcrest Petroleum Ltd. have secured the rights to be the sole exclusive provider of energy storage system solutions for the Ecoville development in British Columbia. Read the full article by CM Staff on The Canadian Manufacturing website

 

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GM Rebrands For Transition to Electric Vehicles
Source: Canadian Manufacturing.com

General Motors is rebranding in line with its new electric vehicle production plan. The new campaign will highlight its progressive vision for the future as General Motors posits that the industry has reached a history-changing inflection point for mass adoption of electric vehicles. Read the full article by The Canadian Press on The Canadian Manufacturing website

 

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America's Energy and Climate Plan Questioned
Source: Green Tech Media

New U.S. legislation sets aside $35 billion in funding for clean energy R&D while extending tax credits for solar, wind, nuclear, and carbon capture. But questions remain. Read the full article by  Stephen Lacey on the Greentech Media website

 

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Lending To Plastic Industry Scrutinized as Pollution Concerns Mount
Source: Reuters.com

Banks have been taken to task for having provided $1.7 trillion to 40 plastics companies without any environmental due diligence, exclusion criteria or discussions of actions to tackle plastic pollution. Read the full article by Matthew Green on the Reuters website

 

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Eco-Labelling Poses Challenge During COVID-19 Pandemic
Source: The Conversation.com

The COVID-19 pandemic has resulted in changes to how companies’ environmental impact is audited and with many audits now being performed virtually, the potential to mislead consumers has massively increased. Read the full article by Graeme Auld and Stefans Renckens on The Conversation

 

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Canada's Potential to Lead in Climate Economy
Source: Innovating Canada.ca

Canada is working to strengthen its cleantech sector but is still challenged by difficulties adopting, commercializing and scaling innovations. Read the full article featuring Yung Wu, CEO of MaRS Discovery District, by Media Planet on the Innovating Canada website

 

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Turning Point for Logging Old Growth Trees in BC
Source: CBC.ca

Experts stated that for survival, changes need to occur for both endangered ecosystems and the forestry industry. To attain these changes, there will be a need to establish a government-to-government relationship with First Nations by bringing them into the decision-making process in a more effective way. Read the full article by Kieran Oudshoorn on the CBC News website

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Genetically Engineered Trees Climate Change Mitigation Strategy
Source: CBC.ca

Governments around the world have embraced planting more trees as a climate change mitigation strategy. Genetically engineered trees that are resistant to pests and grow faster than normal are the future. Read the full article by Jade Prevost Manuel on the CBC News website

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Pani Energy Picked for Water Innovation Summit
Source: Pani Energy's LinkedIn Page

Pani Energy has been selected to present at CII International’s event. The Canada-India Partnership Opportunities session is aimed at companies working with artificial intelligence for treatment plants, disruptive membrane technology, onsite water quality detection and decentralized wastewater treatment. Read the article and more on the event on Pani Energy’s LinkedIn page

 

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Canada Plans To Meet Carbon Targets By 2030
Source: Canadian Manufacturing.com

Canada has adopted emissions reduction targets at international climate change summits which include adding more electric vehicle charging stations, improving the energy of homes and buildings, and raising the price of carbon by 2030. Read the full article by Kathryn Harrison on the Canadian Manufacturing website

 

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Nature-Based Solutions Can Improve Clean Up of Oil Sands and Tailing Ponds
Source: The Conversation.com

Nature-based solutions have been shown to help solve human-caused problems like land disturbances. Several studies have found that plant growth on oilsands tailings may help overcome some of the challenges faced by native species. Read the full article by Victoria Collins on The Conversation’s website

 

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Path to Freight Emissions Reduction
Source: Canadian Manufacturing.com

The Pembina Institute and some of Canada’s largest shipping companies are calling for a national strategy to facilitate the  transition to zero-emission — a shift the groups say is not possible without significant financial incentives from all levels of government. Read the full article by Joe Terrett on the Canadian Manufacturing website

 

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Bird Droppings and Lake Mud Reveals Seabird Decline
Source: TheConversation.com

Seabird populations globally have plummeted over the 20th century, proven by research examining amounts of bird poo residue. Read the full article by Matthew Duda and John P. Smol on The Conversation’s website

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End "War on Nature Go Carbon- Free" UN States
Source: Associated Press

Due to the present level of industrialization and its effects on climate change, the UN challenged world leaders to make 2021 the year humanity ends its war on nature, committing to a future free of the planet-warming carbon emissions in an effort to reduce climate change and its catastrophic global effects.  Read the full article by Seth Borenstein and Frank Jordans for the Associated Press

 

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Report Reveals Causes of Pacific Orca Deaths
Source: TheConversation.com

Post-mortem exams conducted on Orca whales that died between 1925 and 2011 reveal that many of these mammals died of human-caused injuries. Ingested fishing hooks and blunt -force trauma consistent with ship and propeller strikes were common causes of death in northern and southern resident Orca whales. Read the full article by Stephen Raverty and Joseph K. Gaydos at The Conversation

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Canada Energy Regulator Reconsiders Trans Mountain Pipeline Expansion
Source: Global News.ca

 The Trudeau cabinet first approved Trans Mountain in 2016 and again in 2019. Currently, it is estimated it will cost about $12.6 billion to expand the pipeline to nearly triple its total capacity, but new environmental policies, such as an expanded carbon tax, may no longer make the project feasible.  Read the full article by Mia Rabson on the Global News website

 

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Canada Devises Climate Plan Known as Bill C-12
Source: TheConversation.com

Bill C-12 is put in place to set targets in pursuit of a net-zero emissions path by 2050. However, the plan is yet to specify targets. To move to net-zero emissions over a 30-year timeframe means that Canada needs to start targeting emission reductions of three percent to four percent each year. Read the full article by Warren Mabee on The Conversation’s website

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General Motors Announces Chemical Battery Product
Source: Associated Press

General Motors says a pending breakthrough in battery chemistry will cut the price of its electric vehicles. The announcement on November 19 suggests that electric vehicle technology is evolving and has the potential to become the primary fuel for transportation. Read the full article by Tom Krisher on The Associated Press website

 

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Accelerator Centre Expands Cleantech Program in Line with UN SDG's
Source: Betakit.com

The expansion of the Accelerator Centre program is directed at providing additional support to novel solutions addressing COVID-19 digital health, the future of work, social innovation, community safety, education, diversity, equity, and poverty reduction. Read the full article by Isabelle Kirkwood on the Betakit website

 

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Feds Invests $2M in Plastic Pollution Research
Source: Canadian Manufacturing.com

Recent federal funding of  over $2M is aimed at researching the impact of plastic pollution on natural health and the environment after a recent assessment suggested that gaps in knowledge remain. Read the full article by CM Staff on the Canadian Manufacturing website

 

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Alberta Students Demand Greater Focus on Climate Change
Source: CBC.ca

An Alberta non-profit organization reports there is a gap between the education students receive in schools regarding energy and the environment. Survey results showed a high percentage of students are concerned about climate change and the future. Read the full article by The Canadian Press on the CBC News website

 

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Federal Government Invests $4M for EcoAction Initiatives
Source: Canadian Manufacturing.com

The Government of Canada announced $4 million to support the EcoAction Community Funding program centered around the health and quality of water and creating habitat for wildlife while supporting good local jobs. Read the full article by CM Staff on the Canadian Manufacturing website

 

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Shell Canada Launches Carbon Offset Program to Reduce Emissions
Source: CBC.ca

Shell is launching a Drive Carbon Neutral program for customers with the intent to reduce carbon emissions created through producing, refining, and burning of fossil fuels, as well as other CO2-producing activities. Read the full article on CBC News

 

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A Shift Towards Hydrogen-Based Economy
Source: Canadian Manufacturing.com

In achieving decarbonization globally, developing a roadmap that catalyzes a sustainable energy economy through the use of hydrogen, renewable energy, and natural gas reserves is critical.

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The Drive For Transparent Voluntary Carbon Market: Paris Goal
Source: Reuters.com

To meet the Paris Agreement goals by 2030, the global voluntary carbon credit market needs transparency to promote market integrity, clear standards, and a measure of verifiable projects that are distinct in their purpose to avoid or reduce carbon emissions. Read the full article by Susanne Twidale on the Reuters website

 

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A World of Low-Carbon Opportunity: Green Tech at a Tipping Point
Source: BBC.com

Just like the evolution of cell phones to smartphones, “green tech” is at a tipping point for explosive growth, but a change in mindset when it comes to power generation is paramount to drive a revolution in renewable energy solutions. Read the full article by Justin Rowlatt on BBC News

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Federal Government Invests $100M to Drive Job Creation and Mitigate Climate Change in Alberta
Source: Canadian Manufacturing.com

The government of Canada announced an investment of  $100M to support clean energy initiatives, adding 3,100 jobs by focusing on made-in-Alberta solutions aimed at energy efficiency and clean tech innovation. Read the full article by CM Staff on Canadian Manufacturing

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Improved Energy Efficiency Programs Pose a Carbon Reduction Strategy
Source: Green Tech Media

With a shift in current policies and fundamental program designs, next-generation Energy Efficiency (EE) programs are considered a crucial tool for attaining extensive carbon reduction goals and increased electrification. Read the full article by  Val Jensen on Green Tech Media

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Irish Companies Playing a Big Role in Cleantech in the Middle East Region
Source: CBNME.com

Irish companies have been making waves in the cleantech sector in the UAE and Saudi Arabia through major deals in the region and via exciting expansion plans. Read the full article by Kasun Illankoon on the Construction Business News website

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Government of Canada Invests in Cleantech Ecosystems
Source: Canada.ca

New investments in cleantech ecosystems are focused on establishing a Clean Resource Innovation Network (CRIN) to accelerate the development and adoption of innovative technologies and processes, with a goal to reach net-zero emissions by 2050. Read the full news release on the Government of Canada’s website

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The Myth of Electric Cars
Source: The Conversation.com

Electric vehicles have no tailpipe emissions but do have higher production and manufacturing emissions than conventional vehicles. Scaling down the number of vehicles manufactured, accompanied by investment in public transit infrastructure, can fast-track the path to decarbonization. Read the full article by Alexandre Milovanoff on The Conversation’s website

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Commercialization of Clean Technologies: The Valley of Death
Source: The Conversation.com

For low-carbon innovations, commercialization becomes a valley of death in the transition of prototypes into products due to intensive capital needs and a risk of uncertain returns. Support from clean energy foundations that help stakeholders collaborate is needed. Read the full article by David M. Hart on The Conversation’s website

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Alberta: The Hub of "Blue" Hydrogen
Source: CBC.ca

Alberta is developing plans to leverage shorter shipping times to Asia and Europe, envisioning two to three mega liquefied natural gas plants in the province by 2030, with ambitions to become a continental leader in supplying blue hydrogen and plastics recycling. Read the full article by Janet French on CBC.ca

 

 

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Federal Government Invests in Wood Pulp and Polymer Innovation
Source: Canadian Manufacturing

A recent $1.2M investment into a Toronto-based company is set to scale up the production of a new lightweight wood-fiber-based composite thermoplastic material to create automotive parts that are strong, lightweight, and have more uniform and improved properties. Read the full article via Canadian Manufacturing

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The Growing Cost of Cleaning Up Abandoned Wells
Source: TheConversation.com

There are over 125,000 abandoned or orphaned wells between British Columbia, Alberta, and Saskatchewan and the cost to cleanup and remediation is only increasing, as is the time needed for reclamation of the land for other uses. Read the full article by Kevin Kemball on The Conversation’s website

 

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10 Canadian Cleantech Leaders to Watch
Source: Marsdd.com

Armed with funding announcements, new partnership deals, and projects in the works, these 10 Canadian cleantech leaders are helping tackle some of most challenging environmental issues of our time with homegrown solutions that fight climate change. Read the full article by Barry Chong and Veronica Sheppard on MaRS

 

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Pani Energy Receives $2.8M Funding From SDTC
Source: panienergy.com

Pani Energy receives $2.8M from Sustainable Development Technology Canada (SDTC) to grow its technology and business development teams, working with consortium partners to deploy their AI solution at large-scale public and private plants in North America and the Asia Pacific region. Read the full article on Pani Energy’s website

 

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Canada’s Incentives Missing the Mark For Cleantech
Source: Betakit.com

Canada’s procurement incentives and policies are missing the mark for Canada’s high-growth cleantech startups, according to a new report released by the Innovation Economy Council (IEC). The report notes that Canadian cleantech companies tend to do better outside of Canada than within. Read the full article by Isabelle Kirkwood on BetaKit

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2021 Single-Use Plastic Ban Regulations Announced
Source: CBC.ca

Liberals’ 2021 single-use plastic ban includes grocery bags, takeout containers made of hard to recycle plastics, straws, stir sticks, plastic cutlery, and six-pack rings as the federal government announces regulations to be implemented by the end of next year. Read the full article on CBC.ca

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