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Canadian Geothermal Industry Seeks Crowdfunding in Absence of Government Money

Geothermal power is a real, but untapped opportunity in Canada.In a 2008 story about Canada being a laggard when it comes geothermal power production, I wrote that Canada is the only nation along the Pacific Ring of Fire to not have a commercial...

Posted September 12, 2013    

Tracking the Transition to a Low-Carbon Economy: 5.2 Trillion Since 2007

Ethical Media Markets calls itself an independent publisher of research reports and other information related to the emerging green economy, and every six months it comes out with an annual and mid-year update to its Green Transition Scoreboard. The...

Posted September 6, 2013    

Climate Change Bond issues Showing Strong Growth

Sean Kidney, the man of action behind the Climate Bonds Initiative, has just released the “2013 review of Bonds and Climate Change” report in collaboration with HSBC Climate Change Centre of Excellence. In a nutshell, the report highlights some...

Posted June 16, 2013    

Fracking and Water Pollution: Remembering First Study to Establish "Definitive" Link

David Biello over at Scientific American had a story in 2011 that looked at research establishing a link between methane contamination in well water and nearby hydraulic fracturing of shale rock. The research came out of Duke University and was...

Posted May 13, 2013    

Innovative Device Boils Water and Produces Electricity

Power Practical, a company that sprang out of research from the University of Utah, has developed a pot that can charge wireless devices through a USB connection while boiling water. They call their device, no surprise, the PowerPot — retailing for...

Posted April 21, 2013    

Ocean Thermal Energy Conversion: One Step Closer to Commercial Reality

Lockheed Martin, the military contractor, says it has signed a “memorandum agreement” with real-estate developer Reignwood Group, founded and run by Thai-Chinese businessman Yan Bin, the second-richest man in Beijing. What have they agreed to do?...

Posted April 17, 2013    

Fossil Fuels Divestment Fever: Canadian Students, Doctors Launch New Campaign

Calls in the United States for universities to divest their fossil-fuel holdings are starting to spread into Canada, where students and doctors are beginning to speak out.Students from across the country are taking part Wednesday in what’s being...

Posted March 28, 2013    

Offshore Wind Energy Grows in Great Lakes, But Not in Ontario

Is the offshore wind opportunity in Ontario permanently dead in the water?It was in February 2011 – an election year—when the Liberal government abruptly killed the ambitions of any wind developer looking to place wind turbines in the Great Lakes....

Posted March 10, 2013    

Plans for Green Jet Fuel Plant Flame Out

Nearly two years ago, an LA-based company called Rentech Inc. announced plans to build a biofuels plant four hours north of Sault St. Marie, Ontario. It would use forest waste and “unmerchantable” tree species for making renewable jet fuel and...

Posted March 3, 2013    

Is Guilt the Path to Serious Action on Climate Change?

You drive up to the gas pump, grab the nozzle and start filling up your car or SUV. Captive for a good two minutes, you look down and see a label on the handle of the nozzle showing a little boy staring out a window, his sad face reflecting in the...

Posted February 26, 2013    

CleanTech Investment: Flywheel Energy Storage

Enbridge Inc. is emerging as major corporate venturing partners in the Canadian cleantech scene. It has already acquired more than $3 billion in renewable energy assets — a combination of solar, wind, geothermal and run-of-river hydro. It has...

Posted February 22, 2013    

GDP Doesn't Reflect True Impact of Mining

These days, the “North” is talked about more as a bank account full of easy money than as a beautiful and biologically diverse part of Canadian geography that should be cherished and protected.The challenge is to make it both.No question, the riches...

Posted February 18, 2013