Natural Resources

Nov 21, 2017
Some Icelanders cool to a local hydro project backed by Ross Beaty’s Alterra Power
Scott Neufeld

There are few places more remote than Árneshrep­­pur. Nestled in Iceland’s Westfjords region, encircled by mountain peaks that undulate like the ocean below, it’s the nation’s least-populated county, with just 30 year-round residents. Árneshreppur is facing extinction. Weak transportation links...

Nov 17, 2017
Are B.C.’s freshwater ecosystems at risk?
By the Editors

A new report commissioned by the Real Estate Foundation of British Columbia (REFBC) reveals that nobody knows how the province’s rivers, lakes, streams and wetlands are faring against a range of threats. The problem? Critical data is outdated, housed in...

Nov 8, 2017
A conversation with Mining Association of BC president and CEO Bryan Cox
Nick Rockel

You might think the mining sector and the beer business have little in common. Bryan Cox knows different: both are technical, highly regulated and people-driven industries, says the president and CEO of the Mining Association of BC (MABC), who led...

Oct 31, 2017
Site C Poll: The results may surprise you

When Mustel Group asked 300 people across B.C. last August what they thought should happen to Site C, half (50.4 per cent) overall recommended proceeding, 26.5 per cent said it should be terminated, and 23.1 per cent wanted it put...

Oct 23, 2017
Vancouver-based Plastic Bank wins UN award, is slated to meet the Pope
Nathan Caddell

Another United Nations climate change conference, another prestigious award for the Plastic Bank, a Vancouver-based company that has fought to bring a halt to ocean plastic. The Plastic Bank will receive one of 19 Lighthouse Momentum for Change Activity awards at the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (COP23) summit, which runs from November 6...

Oct 16, 2017
Fish feud: Will changes to the West Coast salmon industry hurt or help independent fishermen?
Andrew Findlay

Classic rock blares from the wheelhouse radio. Skipper Quincy Sample layers on fibreglass in a waist-deep cockpit at the stern of his boat, making repairs to the 42-foot vessel in anticipation of a commercial salmon fishery opening in June. Gulls...

Sep 29, 2017
Entrepreneur of the Year 2017: Mining & Metals
Jacob Parry

On a Sunday in October 2009, William Lamb got a text message from a friend in South Africa: “Do you have $42 million—because you may need it by the end of the week.” “I knew straight away what it was...

Sep 18, 2017
Ocean Wise adds B.C. kelp to its menu of sustainable seafood choices
By BCBusiness

Kelp is a superfood, especially high in iodine, which improves thyroid function and metabolism. It has become popular in recent years among mainstream chefs and foodies, leading B.C. fisheries to boost production 43 per cent from 2014 to 2016, from 281 tonnes to 400 tonnes, according to Ocean Wise. The Ocean Wise program...

Sep 15, 2017
Coal snap: Tumbler Ridge residents have reason to hope
Marcie Good

Dean Turner noticed that more people were buying bedding plants this spring at his Ace Hardware store in Tumbler Ridge. With more than 100 departments, including lumber, major appliances, toys, pet supplies, health and beauty, and ammunition, the shop is...

Aug 25, 2017
Will a B.C. company revive tin mining in Cornwall?
By BCBusiness

Cornish mining is having a moment. BBC One's Poldark TV series, based on Winston Graham's novels about an 18th-century copper-mining family in Cornwall, is into its third season, while in the real world, things are looking up for at least one...

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