National Newswatch

Fighting climate change may be cheaper and more beneficial than we think

Jul 10 2019 — — In a cartoon that went viral before the Copenhagen climate summit in 2009, a conference presentation lists some of the side benefits of reducing greenhouse gas emissions, from cleaner air to green jobs, as a man in the audience asks: “What if it’s a big hoax and we create a better world for nothing?” Ten […]

Why Electrified Transportation Needs Microgrids

Jul 9 2019 — Government officials in Montgomery County, Maryland don’t have to speculate about the importance of energy resilience. In 2012 a derecho hit the mid-Atlantic, leading to the deaths of 13 people. The derecho also caused extended power outages for more than 250,000 residents, and this combined with the extremely hot temperatures led to an additional 29 […]

Treasure in trash: Kiwi company turns e-waste into precious metals

Jul 9 2019 — Turning e-waste into precious metal is proving big business for one New Zealand start-up. Mint Innovation pulls precious metals from disused technology. Now, it is expanding with a new biometallurgy plant in East Tamaki, Auckland. The plant is a step towards commercial expansion for Mint’s new technology and will test viability of the company’s plans […]

The fleeting Canadian harmony on carbon pricing

Jul 8 2019 — Kathryn Harrison — Canadian federal and provincial governments are deeply divided over carbon pricing. The current state of affairs is a far cry from that in 2016, when the prime minister and the premiers of 11 of 13 provinces and territories unveiled the Pan Canadian Framework on Clean Energy and Climate Change, in which the parties committed to […]

Ottawa and P.E.I. spending $14.5 million to build climate change research centre

Jul 5 2019 — The Canadian Press — CHARLOTTETOWN — The federal government unveiled plans Friday to build a $14.5-million climate change research centre in a rural corner of Prince Edward Island. Veterans Affairs Minister Lawrence MacAulay said the Canadian Centre for Climate Change and Adaptation will be built in St. Peter's Bay, which is in his riding. The new centre will "set the standard" for climate change education across Canada […]