'Alternative' energy and less energy

Anne Shibata Casselman
The aftermath of the White Rock Lake wildfire in B.C. in 2021. (Photograph by Darryl Dyck/CP Images.)

Aug. 10, 2023

This article is long, because it is VERY comprehensive. It's worth getting the full picture of what we are facing. Spread the word.

           - Gene McGuckin

The Breach
Canada’s trains are key to a sustainable future - video

Jul 24, 2023

[Editor: interesting and informative video here]

Canada was on track to be a leader in high-speed rail—and then we chose highways. But we don’t have to stay married to cars. Trains hold one key to accessibility, climate safety, and colonial restitution.

Watch here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5MhQI_Mcux4

Ann Garrison
Virtual Slave Labor Supports Congo Cobalt Mines Men are making $1 a day, women 80 cents a day, and their children work in the mines instead of going to school.

Jul 31, 2023

Virtual Slave Labor Supports Congo Cobalt Mines - Men are making $1 a day, women 80 cents a day, and their children work in the mines instead of going to school.

Following is an interview conducted by Ann Garrison with Maurice Carney, Executive Director of Friends of the Congo, about the virtual slave labor in the cobalt mines of the Democratic Republic of the Congo’s cobalt mines.

Markham Hislop
Petroleum can be used for super strong and light carbon fibre, a material key to technologies we’ll need in a low-emissions economy. Photo via Shutterstock.

Jul. 31, 2023

A Better Use for Alberta’s Oil and Gas - Look to the future. Commit the province’s petroleum to making materials for a post-combustion economy?

[Tyee Editor’s note: This piece is drawn from a recently published version on Markham Hislop’s site Energi Media.]

Paul Hockenos
Left: Mockup of a the top third of a small module reactor made by NuScale, the only SMR developer with a design approved by the U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission. Visual: Courtesy of NuScale/Oregon State University/Flickr

"Even if the unlikely rollout of SMRs eventually happens, it will unfold too late to curb the climate crisis. . . . . .  Meanwhile, the siren song of nuclear energy is diverting critical resources from the urgent task of building out clean technologies."

Jul 20, 2023

Kristoffer Tigue
PAGE, ARIZONA - MARCH 27: A view of the Glen Canyon Dam at Lake Powell on March 27, 2022 in Page, Arizona. As severe drought grips parts of the Western United States, water levels at Lake Powell dropped to their lowest level since the lake was created by the damming the Colorado River in 1963. Lake Powell is currently at 25 percent of capacity, a historic low, and has also lost at least 7 percent of its total capacity. The Colorado River Basin connects Lake Powell and Lake Mead and supplies water to 40 mill

Jul 14, 2023

Decades of research suggests that hydropower has a far greater climate impact than once thought. Now a growing chorus of scientists want to change the conversation about it.

Mark Easter couldn’t help but feel disappointed when he learned about a new study from Stanford University, which drew connections between the ongoing drought in the American West and an increase in U.S. carbon emissions.

Guy Standing
‘Sediment plumes from deep-sea mining could suffocate coral reefs hundreds of miles away.’ Photograph: blue-sea.cz/Shutterstock

July 7, 2023

Applications to mine the seabed in our ocean commons can be made from 9 July, allowing a few corporations to profit from ecological disaster

Sunday 9 July threatens to be a momentous day for the global economy, one that marks the beginning of the biggest gold rush in history, and one that could lead to unprecedented ecological damage. Yet few people seem to be taking much notice. The British government has been silent.

Mitchell Beer
Dwayne Reilander/wikimedia commons

Jul 8, 2023

We may soon remember this week’s record-shattering heat as an historic low temperature mark. But that hasn't slowed down the oil and gas spin machine.

What if this week’s series of record-shattering high temperatures turned out to be tomorrow’s record low, the benchmark against which future years and decades of global warming will be measured?


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