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Natural Resources

Jun 28, 2016
Does B.C. really need Site C electricity?
Marcie Good

BC Hydro’s Site C dam will leave ratepayers a $7-billion bill for power that it doesn’t need, says Harry Swain, who chaired the joint federal-provincial review of the mega-project. (Vancouver Sun) As coal mines close in Wyoming and thousands of workers are laid off, wind farms thrive. But the clean energy...

Jun 21, 2016
Energy Forum urges premier to raise B.C.'s climate change game
Marcie Good

A coalition of B.C. power producers, industry associations and environmental organizations is calling on the provincial government to implement the 32 recommendations made by the Climate Leadership Team. Calling itself the Energy Forum, the group included Alterra Power, the BC Sustainable Energy Association, Clean Energy Canada, the David Suzuki Foundation and...

Jun 9, 2016
B.C. moves up in Fraser Institute’s mining investment ranking
Jacob Parry

British Columbia has improved as a place for mining investment, according to the Fraser Institute’s annual survey of mining executives released Thursday. B.C.’s ranking jumped 13 places over last year, but it still falls behind Saskatchewan, Quebec and Ontario—and foreign jurisdictions such as Utah, Finland and Queensland, Australia. At issue was...

Jun 7, 2016
Vancouver mayor urges prime minister to reject Kinder Morgan pipeline expansion
Marcie Good

Calling the National Energy Board’s hearings on the Kinder Morgan Trans Mountain pipeline expansion “flawed and biased,” Mayor Gregor Robertson urged Justin Trudeau on Tuesday to reject the controversial project. In an open letter also signed by Chief Maureen Thomas of the Tsleil-Waututh Nation, Chief Ian Campbell of the Squamish Nation...

Jun 1, 2016
How UBC is digging the mining industry out of a hole
Frances Bula

Damie Gongor’s enthusiasm about making life better in his home country, half a world away from Vancouver, spills over as he talks.Mongolia, he explains, went through a bad time with international mining companies in the wake of its transition to a democratic, market-based economy in 1990. The northern Asian country...

May 30, 2016
Scientists ask P.M. to reject proposed LNG plant
Marcie Good

A group of 90 scientists and climate experts have appealed to the prime minister to reject the proposed Pacific NorthWest LNG project near Prince Rupert, citing its significant adverse environmental effects from greenhouse gas emissions. “Honouring the commitment Canada made in Paris (2015 United Nations summit) to limit global warming...

May 27, 2016
How Carbon Engineering Ltd. is trying to put up a good fight against greenhouse gases
Brad Badelt

Carbon Engineering Ltd.’s facility doesn’t look much different from the handful of other industrial buildings scattered along Squamish’s waterfront. The company’s 80-metre-long blue warehouse sits alongside two white silos and a giant metal crate that resembles an oversized air conditioner. But while other industrial operations spew greenhouse gases out their...

May 24, 2016
Site C will cause "unprecedented" environmental damage, say 250 academics
Felicity Stone

Researchers from universities across Canada as well as in the U.S., U.K. and Australia say there were significant problems with the regulatory review and environmental assessment process for the Site C project. The group, which includes 250 university professors, legal scholars, political scientists, water scientists and environmental scientists from across...

May 19, 2016
NEB approves Trans Mountain pipeline expansion—with conditions
Felicity Stone

The National Energy Board has approved Kinder Morgan’s proposed Trans Mountain Expansion Project subject to 157 conditions. The board found that the project, which would triple the capacity of the Trans Mountain pipeline system in Western Canada, can be constructed, operated and maintained in a safe manner and is in...

May 11, 2016
How climate change is helping one Okanagan vintner create the perfect Chardonnay
Timothy Taylor

You don’t come across a lot of feel-good business stories about climate change. Global warming is more typically reported as a cost. A 2013 report from the nonprofit Center for Climate and Energy Solutions in Virginia put the real cost to businesses globally of the previous year’s abnormal weather at...

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