Posts in Technology/Innovation
GIS: Bringing attention to an underutilized tool in conservation.

Geographic Information Systems (GIS) is widely used within many disciplines, ranging from earth sciences to public health, and is becoming increasingly recognized by various sectors as a beneficial and necessary tool to advance business and simplify everyday tasks.  Regardless of whether GIS is used to track select addresses, conduct hydrological modeling, map a fuel spill, or plan a hiking route, it is highly recommended that the fundamental concepts and functions of GIS be understood.

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VIFF Film Review: Landfill Harmonic

When a documentary can reveal an authentic story about the undeniable need for environmental action without having to inject the term ‘environmentalism’ bluntly into the script, it is likely telling a story worth hearing.  Landfill Harmonic proves that a violin or drum set assembled completely from re-purposing garbage – literal garbage – can produce sounds just as good as a shiny new instrument.  Good enough, in fact, to make it on stage with some of the biggest rock bands of our time.

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Carbon engineering: A possible climate solution?

What if I told you that it was possible to turn air into fuel? Though it seem like a pipe dream, Carbon Engineering (CE) conducts a technological strategy that allows for the capture of carbon dioxide from the atmosphere to be turned into ultra-low carbon fuels.  This technology would be revolutionary, as it would sustain industrial production while the world begins to phase out fossil fuels.

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What does the No vote mean for the future of transportation in the region?

This was originally published as part of Moving Forward, an independent journalism project produced by Discourse Media.

Is tolling drivers to pay for transportation infrastructure in Metro Vancouver’s future? After residents overwhelmingly voted against a 0.5 per cent PST hike and the provincial government ruled out using a share of the carbon tax to fund public transportation expansion, road pricing is one of the few remaining options on the table.

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Bio-Bus: An innovative initiative.

In the United Kingdom there is a British eco-friendly bus which runs on human and food wastes. This unique bus seats up to 40 passengers, and it runs 186 mile using one full tank. A full tank is equivalent to the waste of five people for one year. The bus serves one route and there is a plan to increase the number ofroutes in the near future to serve 10,000 passengers a month.

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Electric vehicles: Not all they're 'charged up' to be?

The electric car, designed to reduce emissions that are detrimental to our health (such as noxious gases), and our environment (CO2, most infamously), is an increasingly feasible alternative solution to the typical gasoline or diesel vehicle. Electric cars are becoming increasingly popular amongst drivers and fleets alike, and companies are taking advantage of incentives to convince customers to make the switch to electric vehicles. British Columbia is a province that has taken the initiative to provide some of these incentives; for example, the 'BC Scrap It' program offers a $3000 incentive. Although many people view the electric car as the best option to help reduce emissions, new research shows that this might not be the case, as total emissions will most likely not decrease. Why is this the case? Well, it largely depends on where this electricity comes from, and also where people live.

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Electric vehicles: 3 reasons why they are going to be adopted quicker than we think.

There are varied perceptions of electric vehicles. Some traditional motorists will quickly dismiss them, claiming that their range limitations, recharge times, and upfront costs are an insurmountable obstacle to widespread adoption. On the other end of the spectrum, you may hear some electric vehicle owners proclaim that they are the next logical step in the development of the automobile; after all, they are silent, efficient, produce zero or low emissions (depending on the electricity source), and have low operating costs. Given the spectrum of opinions and their potential role in reducing carbon emissions it's important to ask the question: Which of these two sides is more accurate?

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