Energy

01/03/21
Author: 
The Energy Mix
Magpie River - SNAP Quebec/Facebook

With its kilometres of rapids and deep blue waters winding through Quebec’s Côte-Nord region, the Magpie river has long been a culturally significant spot for the Innu of Ekuanitshit. 

Now the river, a majestic, world-renowned whitewater rafting destination, has been granted legal personhood status in a bid to protect it from future threats, such as hydroelectric development. Its new status means the body of water could theoretically sue the government. 

21/02/21
Author: 
Primary Author Compiled By Mitchell Beer
power outage - mrapplegate/flickr

FEBRUARY 19, 2021

At least 47 people were dead, hundreds of thousands of homes were still without power, half of the state was under a boil water order, racialized communities were bearing the brunt, and the electricity system operator admitted it had only narrowly averted months-long blackouts as Texas began taking stock of a rolling disaster brought on by climate-driven severe weather and ideologically-driven grid deregulation.

20/02/21
Author: 
Snehal Shingavi

Capitalist competition and greed lie at the heart of the power outages causing desperation across the state.

26/01/21
Author: 
Amy Smart in Vancouver - Canadian Press
The Site C Dam location is seen along the Peace River in Fort St. John, B.C., Tuesday, April 18, 2017. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jonathan Hayward

January 25th 2021

MOBERLY LAKE, B.C. — A First Nations leader is calling on the British Columbia government to release several reports on the Site C dam, claiming details of escalating costs and safety concerns have been "shrouded in secrecy."

In an open letter to Premier John Horgan, Chief Roland Willson of the West Moberly First Nations says work on the hydroelectric dam in northeastern B.C. should be suspended immediately until cabinet makes a decision on the project.

25/01/21

The global operational capacity of carbon capture and storage (CCS) currently stands at 39 megatonnes (Mt) of CO2 per year, or roughly 0.1% of global annual emissions, with deployment slow and plagued by accidents. And despite its fervid marketing as a climate saviour, CCS today is primarily used merely to extract more fossil fuels.

22/01/21
Author: 
Barry Saxifrage
For the first time, Canada has proposed a way to meet its climate targets, but it will take a lot more tough legislation to rein in emissions, writes Barry Saxifrage. Photo from NASA

January 18th 2021

There’s good news and bad news about Canada’s 2030 climate target.

The good news is that for the first time, Canada has proposed a way to meet a climate target. The government’s recently announced Healthy Environment and a Healthy Economy (HEHE) plan contains enough new climate policy proposals that, if implemented, will allow Canada to reach its 2030 target.

06/01/21
Author: 
Burgess Langshaw-Power
small modular reactors - U.S. Department of Energy

Jan. 4, 2021

For many kids who grew up in the 1980s and 1990s, Star Trek was a big part of our childhoods. The series is filled with strange new worlds, futurist politics, and advanced technology that is almost indistinguishable from magic. Yet even as a child I knew the show was a work of science fiction. Warp speed, transporters, and phasers were all gadgets I could comprehend, but in my rational mind I knew they would never exist within my lifetime.

05/01/21
Author: 
The Energy Mix
Installing solar panels - Peteonline22/Wikimedia Commons

JANUARY 4, 2021

A Minnesota regional planning agency is turning to the power of the sun to help improve a desperately tight housing market for low-income renters in the Twin Cities.

19/12/20
Author: 
Michael Mazengarb

Nov. 27, 2020

The Tasmania government has declared that it has become the first Australian state, and one of just a handful of jurisdictions worldwide, to be powered entirely by renewable electricity.

In a statement released on Friday, Tasmanian energy minister Guy Barnett said that state had effectively become entirely self-sufficient for supplies of renewable electricity, supplied by the state’s wind and hydroelectricity projects.

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