Archive for the ‘technology’ Category

Coal Cleans Up Its Act

There’s some chemical magic happening at a new project near Edmonton, Alberta. Energy Minister Ron Liepert announced that the province will access unminable coal deep in the Earth by transforming it into a gas. The province has about 30 billion tonnes of coal left to mine but there is 620 billon tonnes of unreachable coal [...]

British Columbia Embracing Pine Beetle Crisis as Source of Green Energy

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It’s no secret that the Pine Beetle crisis in British Columbia has had a devastating social, economic, and ecological impact on Canada’s western most Province.  The rice-sized insects have caused enormous irreparable damage to British Columbia’s interior,  and led to desperate seasonal forest burns to try and curb the beetle’s spread Pine beetles kill trees by tunneling into the phloem [...]

Mr. Suzuki, it’s evolution not revolution

Please Mr. Suzuki, promote evolution not revolution. In a recent article written for straight.com,  Canadian celebrity environmentalist David Suzuki suggested that electric cars won’t be enough to curb unsustainable carbon emissions caused by transportation, “Technological developments [such as electric cars etc.] are welcome, but maybe it’s time we started rethinking our car culture as whole. [...]

The Problem with the current era of popular environmentalism: A micro and macro critique – Part 1

Micro:  Why pop-environmentalists need to take their hands out of the cookie jar As 2010 begins to wind down, the “green” movement has reached a critical stage of maturity.  From diet alterations to concerns over one’s ecological footprint,  the Western world has entered what seems to be- at least on the surface- a popularized and [...]

'Clean15' announces new contest

The second “Clean 15“  competition was launched yesterday and the expectations for this years entries are extremely optimistic.     The “Clean 15″ clean-tech competition connects visionary large companies with Canadian clean-tech opportunities. The relationships are intended to facilitate commercialization for Canada’s clean-tech researchers and developers, as well as support and stimulate the country’s clean-tech [...]

The future is Bloom…or bust

How do you get Arnold Schwarzenegger out to a press conference? Well if it’s not to do some damage control you better be promising something pretty big. Which is exactly why the California governor was at the official Bloom energies product launch and press event yesterday. Indeed the promise of cheap, reliable, emission free energy [...]

A place for optimism

For those who didn’t catch my post yesterday I basically lambasted the doomsday scenario apostles and their approach to the future. I feel that dwelling in a defeatist attitude i.e. “No oil = the end of western civilization” is an excuse to ignore the ability of human ingenuity and collective thinking. After throwing my post [...]

Small thinking for big problems

I watched a riveting movie last night that kept me intrigued and involved, which is a pretty sizable feat. Collapse, directed by Chris Smith (American Movie, Yes Men), is an American documentary film exploring the theories, writings and life story of controversial author Michael Ruppert. Collapse premiered at the Toronto International Film Festival in September [...]

No experience? What about innovation?

The Ontario governments announcement last week of a $7 billion ‘manufacturing’ investment deal with Samsung has been met with a large amount of criticism and scorn. Many people are wondering why a back room agreement had to be utilized to hook the South Korean giant. With all the government bailouts and corporate malfeasance that has [...]

New Samsung deal a potential boondoggle

A controversial green energy deal between the provincial government and Samsung Group worth up to $7 billion will be unveiled Thursday, the Star has learned. Sources said Tuesday that Premier Dalton McGuinty will reveal the details of a landmark agreement with the South Korean industrial giant to manufacture renewable energy equipment such as wind turbines [...]

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