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Natural Resources

Jul 20, 2017
B.C. kelp farming is untapped resource
Brad Badelt

Louis Druehl started farming kelp back in 1982, in the aptly named Kelp Bay, just west of Port Alberni. His was the first and, at the time, only commercial seaweed operation in North America. Druehl farmed a one-acre patch of...

Jul 14, 2017
CCPA slams natural gas biz on water use, First Nations rights
By BCBusiness

The natural gas sector in northeastern British Columbia is booming. But its thirst for water violates First Nations’ rights, according to a new report from the Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives. The paper, by Ben Parfitt, a resource policy analyst...

Jul 5, 2017
Why your business should rethink its relationship with plastic
Steve Burgess

Whole foods? Great in theory, but in real life inconvenient and annoying. Much better to cut them up and enclose them in plastic. Presumably that’s why the Whole Foods Market Inc. supermarket chain briefly tried marketing pre-peeled oranges in plastic...

May 19, 2017
Cleantech firm MineSense offers the mining industry a way to boost profits while cutting pollution
Nick Rockel

Mining companies everywhere are having a tough time finding high-grade ore because others have beaten them to it. At the same time, the industry faces pressure to clean up its environmental act. MineSense Technologies Ltd. seeks to solve both of...

May 19, 2017
Raising fish in containers on land is eco-friendly. The next step is growing vegetables in the same water
Felicity Stone

Is salmon raised on land the future of seafood?” asked National Geographic in a story about Kuterra LP, a farm established in 2013 by the ’Namgis First Nation in Port Hardy on Vancouver Island to raise Atlantic salmon in tanks.

May 9, 2017
6 B.C. companies that are shaping the future of energy
Andrew Findlay

New oil and gas pipelines are winning approval in B.C. and across the country, but the world is also shifting in new directions. Global investment in green energy hit a record of almost US$286 billion last year, according to the...

May 9, 2017
Mining venture Lithium X Energy aims to cash in on the electric vehicle trend
Andrew Findlay

Last summer, after Elon Musk unveiled the Model 3, Tesla Inc.’s most affordable car to date, the rush of almost 350,000 pre-orders got Brian Paes-Braga’s attention. The kicker: an expected surge in demand for lithium ion batteries. Global sales of...

Feb 6, 2017
Will Canada meet its emissions reduction commitments made in Paris?
Maxime Charron

On November 18, 2016, federal Environment Minister Catherine McKenna released her plan to combat climate change, with a primary goal to stay beneath the scientifically determined limit of 2 degrees Celsius of planetwide warming. The 91-page plan serves as a high-level...

Jan 10, 2017
Clean energy will happen whether you like it or not: Obama
Marcie Good

President Barack Obama has written a post in the journal Science arguing that the world is quickly replacing fossil fuel-based energy with clean energy. That momentum, he asserts, will not be stopped by policy changes from Donald Trump’s incoming administration.

Jan 3, 2017
Carbon capture industry needs higher taxes to thrive: expert
Marcie Good

A controversial carbon-pricing plan that will charge companies $10 a tonne starting in 2018 was one of the federal government's key environmental policies of 2016. The prime minister has indicated that he would like the tax to rise to $50...

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