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A lack of battery recycling could be hurting this important bacterium

Meet Shewanella oneidensis: According to a new study published in the journal Chemistry of Materials, there might be trouble afoot for this hearty do-gooder, as researchers have found that the bacterium’s “metal reducing” capabilities are no match ... MORE added: Feb. 08 16

TransCanada dismissed whistleblower. Then their pipeline blew up. - National Observer

TransCanada Corp put “substandard materials” — made by Quebec mfg company, Ezeflow — in an Alberta natural gas pipeline that blew up in 2013, Canada’s pipeline regulator said on Friday as it finally responded to a four-year old warning from a whistle blo ... MORE added: Feb. 08 16

The trouble with Statistics Canada’s solar and wind energy data

Is Ontario generating less electricity from solar panels and wind turbines than it did years ago, despite billions in subsidies to the renewable energy sector? Statistics Canada data suggest so. Not according to Ontario's IESO. ... MORE added: Feb. 07 16
This week: Prime Minister Trudeau makes climate action a priority, Mark Jaccard offers him some (politically palatable) policy advice, and President Obama unveils a gutsy clean transportation blueprint.

This week: Prime Minister Trudeau makes climate action a priority, Mark Jaccard offers him some (politically palatable) policy advice, and President Obama unveils a gutsy clean transportation blueprint.

While Pipelines Make Headlines, Canadian Solar Companies Make it Big Abroad ... MORE added: Feb. 08 16
Energy Drinks February 2016 - Wednesday February 17, 2016 from 6:30PM to 8:30PM - Grace O'Malley's Irish Pub 14 Duncan Street, Toronto, ON

Energy Drinks February 2016 - Wednesday February 17, 2016 from 6:30PM to 8:30PM - Grace O'Malley's Irish Pub 14 Duncan Street, Toronto, ON

OSEA & Green Drinks Toronto invite you to join us for an evening of networking. Energy Drinks in partnership with Green Drinks is an opportunity to advance your business while engaging in interesting conversations on current issues & events in the sector ... MORE added: Feb. 04 16

Obama wants to tax Big Oil and spend the money on green transportation projects

The United States isn’t exactly known for its mass transportation. In all but the biggest American cities — & even in some of those — the only thing resembling public transit is the school bus. But in his final years in office, President Obama hopes to ... MORE added: Feb. 08 16

Way off the mark: Google, Amazon hugely underestimate data center coal usage

Google and Amazon are wildly sophisticated when it comes to data in their core businesses, but ironically, they are using crude and outdated sources to gauge the carbon footprint of their data centers - and missing the mark big time. ... MORE added: Feb. 05 16

California Bridges the Green Divide with Nation’s Biggest Solar Program for Low-income Renters

Solar is not just for homeowners. The advent of community solar is now enabling those who don’t own a home to go solar & enjoy all of its benefits. But regardless of whether someone decides to own or rent, solar still seems to be for those who have a di ... MORE added: Feb. 06 16
Solar: A brilliant way to get energy -  More FREE energy than we could ever use

Solar: A brilliant way to get energy - More FREE energy than we could ever use

Except for nuclear and geothermal, all energy we use comes from the sun in one form or another. As sunlight reaches the Earth’s surface, it powers heat transfers that move air and ocean currents, used for wind and tidal power. The sun evaporates water, ... MORE added: Feb. 05 16

Ontario Green Investment Fund announcements - Ontario is spending $100M to help homeowners cut GHG emissions & save money.

Learn more about the Green Investment Fund, a down payment on Ontario’s pending Cap and Trade program, aimed at fighting climate change, boosting the economy and creating jobs. ... MORE added: Feb. 04 16

Shift from oil will take decades - Record editorial

Two things can be said about the University of Waterloo professors and students clamouring for their school to sell off its investments in fossil fuels. ... MORE added: Feb. 04 16

North America Solar and Wind Power Installed Capacity Already Growing in 2016

Data shows almost 750 MW of wind and solar capacity already installed this year with even more capacity nearing completion. ... MORE added: Feb. 04 16
FEBRUARY 25, 2016 - 3-6:00 pm - RETHINKING DESIGN FOR ENERGY ACCESS - University of Waterloo | DC 1301 (fishbowl lounge)- FREE lecture - Help develop the ultra-efficient and ultra-affordable technologies that will improve lives. RSVP - ALL WELCOME

FEBRUARY 25, 2016 - 3-6:00 pm - RETHINKING DESIGN FOR ENERGY ACCESS - University of Waterloo | DC 1301 (fishbowl lounge)- FREE lecture - Help develop the ultra-efficient and ultra-affordable technologies that will improve lives. RSVP - ALL WELCOME

Today there are over a B people without access to electricity. No lights, phone chargers, dark operating rooms & schools, & no opportunity to better their livelihoods through the transformative power of reliable electricity. Are you a student who wants ... MORE added: Feb. 08 16
IMPACT - Feb 26-28! You are invited to Sustainability Champions Training,  a growing movement for social change. There are only a few days to apply (Feb 7)for our Guelph session. We encourage young leaders from Guelph and neighbouring regions to apply.

IMPACT - Feb 26-28! You are invited to Sustainability Champions Training, a growing movement for social change. There are only a few days to apply (Feb 7)for our Guelph session. We encourage young leaders from Guelph and neighbouring regions to apply.

IMPACT! is an initiative of The Co-operators and The Natural Step Canada, generously funded in part by the Ontario Government & the Ontario Trillium Foundation. Delivered with support from Futurpreneur Canada, Social Delta, Innovation Guelph. ... MORE added: Feb. 04 16
While Canadians Obsess Over Pipelines, Domestic Solar Companies Make Major Investment Moves in India

While Canadians Obsess Over Pipelines, Domestic Solar Companies Make Major Investment Moves in India

It’s time we started focusing more attention on our opportunity to export energy technologies & services, not just raw energy. UN Environment Programme chief Achim Steiner “Whether you build the next pipeline or not… the economy of Canada will not be cen ... MORE added: Feb. 05 16
Tuesday, March 1, 2016 is the NEXT CREW's GREEN DRINKS - See you there!

Tuesday, March 1, 2016 is the NEXT CREW's GREEN DRINKS - See you there!

CREW has been joining up with members of KW GREEN DRINKS - ongoing, the first Tuesday of each month - Please JOIN US - 7:00-10:00 p.m., at the Barley Works, Huether Hotel, Waterloo, and get caught up on the latest discussions ... MORE added: Jan. 06 16
SUSTAINABLE COMMUNITIES AWARD - The Climate Action Plan will be awarded a Sustainable Communities Award from the Federation of Canadian Municipalities on February 10.

SUSTAINABLE COMMUNITIES AWARD - The Climate Action Plan will be awarded a Sustainable Communities Award from the Federation of Canadian Municipalities on February 10.

The award recognizes the leading role ClimateActionWR and its partners (REEP Green Solutions, Sustainable Waterloo Region and the four municipalities) are playing in developing and implementing a plan to reduce greenhouse gas emissions. ... MORE added: Feb. 04 16

Canadian Solar Secures $70 Million Investment and Financing Package from IFC

GUELPH, ON, Jan. 28, 2016 /PRNewswire/ -- Canadian Solar Inc. (the "Company", or "Canadian Solar") (NASDAQ: CSIQ), one of the world's largest solar power companies, announced it has entered into agreements with International Finance Corporation (IFC) ... MORE added: Feb. 04 16

After COP21: What Needs to Happen for the Paris Agreement to Take Effect?

The Paris Agreement is a critical turning point—a fundamental pivot toward a zero-carbon & climate-resilient world. But some key steps lie ahead to take the momentum from Paris forward and ensure that the Agreement quickly comes into effect & implemented ... MORE added: Feb. 04 16

Paris Climate Deal Seen Costing $12.1 Trillion Over 25 Years

If the world is serious about halting the worst effects of global warming, the renewable energy industry will require $12.1 trillion of investment over the next quarter century, or about 75 percent more than current projections show for its growth. ... MORE added: Feb. 04 16