Browsing: Sectors

Pollution Probe identifies a range of stories and news articles within our nine sectors of expertise, which are relevant to our community.

Infrastructure
0 Can Drones Leapfrog Missing Infrastructure?
Rather than use drones to deliver books from Amazon, why not use them to drop off supplies to The Amazon? Many are now exploring the concept of using a network of drones to deliver humanitarian aid and other cargo to areas that are inaccessible by traditional infrastructure. According to Andreas Raptopoulos, the CEO of one
Climate
0 Ontario to Launch Cap-and-Trade System for Carbon Emissions
On the eve of the first climate change summit among Canada’s provincial and territorial leaders, the Government of Ontario announced plans to establish a cap-and-trade system to reduce greenhouse gas emissions. To expand emissions permit trading opportunities among companies, Ontario plans to link its system to those that already exist in Quebec and California. Although
Energy
0 National Energy Board Launches Interactive Pipeline Incident Map
Canada’s national pipeline regulator, the National Energy Board (NEB), recently launched an interactive pipeline incident map to improve Canadians’ access to information about incidents in their area. The map shows 692 spills, fires, injuries and other occurrences that have taken place over the past eight years. Although a big step toward greater transparency, gaps in
Transportation
0 B.C. Introduces New EV Rebate
If you are a resident of British Columbia, you can now take advantage of B.C.’s new Clean Energy Vehicle program, which provides rebates of up to $5,000 on the purchase or lease of a new battery electric, fuel-cell electric or plug-in hybrid electric vehicle, and $6,000 for a hydrogen fuel cell vehicle. Hydrogen fuel cell
Waste
0 One Man’s Garbage is Another Man’s Gold
Each year, we throw out 42 million tons of electronic and electrical equipment – known as e-waste – the components of which are estimated to be worth $63 billion, according to a recent report by the United Nations University (UNU). Among the discarded resources are 300 tons of gold valued at $13 billion; 1,000 tons
Waste
0 Waste Nut, Want Nut!
Why send nutshells to landfill when they can be a valuable resource? Ferrero, the maker of Nutella, is in the process of turning its waste hazelnut shells into packaging for its chocolates. Japanese technology firm NEC is breaking down cashew shells to make heat- and water-resistant bioplastics for use with electronics. Parts of sub-Saharan Africa
Water
0 California Dreamin’ of Water
Severe drought conditions in California have forced the state government to impose mandatory water restrictions for the first time in history. The State Water Resources Control Board must impose a 25 per cent reduction in water use from 2013 levels over the coming year. It is expected that Californians will have to cut back on