Industrial Damage Threatens Blueberry River

The ECOreport reposts news of the extent Industrial damage threatens Blueberry River First Nation

From the David Suzuki Foundation

By David Suzuki with contributions from David Suzuki Foundation Science Projects Manager Rachel Plotkin.

Industrial activity has profoundly affected the Blueberry River First Nations in northern B.C. A recent Atlas of Cumulative Landscape Disturbance, by the First Nations, the David Suzuki Foundation and Ecotrust, found 73 per cent of the area inside its traditional territory is within 250 metres of an industrial disturbance and 85 per cent is within 500 metres.

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Halving Residential Solar’s Acquisition Costs

The ECOreport looks at a new partnership, born out of a highly successful DOE SunShot Initiative: halving residential solar’s acquisition costs.

By Roy L Hales

Screen-shot-2014-03-18-at-3.43.47-PM1Colin Walsh was a marketing executive for Mosaic before he became  the CEO of Wave Solar. Though the two companies are now partnering to work with Mosaic’s clients, he insists they are separate entities. Wave Solar is a highly successful DOE SunShot Initiative project, whose target was halving residential solar’s acquisition costs.

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The Most Efficient Electric Vehicle

The ECOreport reposts the story of a new Guinness World Record set in Germany: The Most Efficient Electric Vehicle

Originally Published on the Technical University of Munich News

Successful world record attempt: Last Saturday, the electric car designated the “eLi14”, designed and built by the TUfast Eco Team, proved that it is the most economical electric car on the planet. And as a result is now listed as the “Most efficient electric vehicle” by Guinness World Records.

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2015 Sea Lice Epidemic In BC’s Salmon Farms

The ECOreport reposts an account of the 2015 Sea Lice Epidemic In BC’s Salmon Farms

Originally Published on University of Toronto News

By Peter McMahon

High ocean temperatures and poor timing of parasite management likely led to an epidemic of sea lice in 2015 throughout salmon farms in British Columbia’s Queen Charlotte Strait, a University of Toronto-led study has found.

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University Of Alberta Pioneering Smart Grid Technologies

The ECOreport reposts a story showing the University Of Alberta Pioneering Smart Grid Technologies

Originally Published on University of Alberta News

By Richard Cairney

Our existing electrical power distribution system predates new technology like electric cars, high-efficiency electrical appliances and electronic devices—and even simple things like new LED lights. The grid itself is designed to carry AC electrical power with a certain range of characteristics. However, many new high-efficiency devices and appliances operate on DC power and need to convert the AC charge; what’s more, the quality of power from renewable energy generators such as wind or solar producers isn’t a good match with the existing power grid. Private and public utilities need to protect this essential infrastructure and harsh restrictions on the quality of power they allow the grid to carry is a roadblock to the development of more renewable energy generation.

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Cleaning Up Brownfield Sites Benefits Property Values

The ECOreport reposts a study demonstrating that cleaning up brownfield sites benefits property values

the London School of Economics United States Policy and Politics blog via NC State News

By Laura Taylor

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) estimates over 450,000 properties are environmentally contaminated to such a degree that reuse or redevelopment of the property is likely to be hindered. Although the vast majority of these so-called “brownfields” are privately owned commercial and industrial properties, cleanup costs are often borne partially or wholly by the public sector.

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Fifth Californian County Bans Fracking

The ECOreport reposts more news of the growing opposition, a Fifth Californian County Bans Fracking

Originally Published on the Daily KOS

By Dan Bacher

In a state where Big Oil is the largest and most powerful corporate lobby and the governor is committed to the expansion of fracking, California anti-fracking activists have been forced to concentrate their efforts on banning the environmentally destructive oil extraction method on a county by county basis.

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Tropical Hardwood Forests At Risk

The ECOreport republishes new of a study showing Tropical Hardwood Forests at risk of eradication

Originally Published on University of East Anglia News

Widely hailed as a renewable natural resource, tropical timber from old-growth tropical forests is selectively logged worldwide at an unprecedented scale. But research from the University of East Anglia reveals that these sources of timber are far from sustainable or entirely environmentally friendly. A study published today in PLOS ONE reveals that once prime tropical hardwoods – such as Brazilian cedars, ipe (Brazilian walnut), and rosewood – have been logged, they do not grow back to commercial levels and are at risk from disappearing altogether.

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Hawaii Rules LNG Incompatible With Renewables

The ECOreport reposts news of a state’s Utilities Commissions taking a stand against expansion of the fossil fuel infrastructure: Hawaii Rules LNG Incompatible With Renewables

Press Release From Voters Taking Action On Climate Change

Vancouver – Last Friday Hawaii’s Public Utility Commission (PUC) denied the proposed takeover of Hawaiian Electric Company (HECO) by Florida-based NextEra Energy. The takeover would have led to a major investment in LNG powered electricity in that state.

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