Air Canada will operate its first biofuel-powered flight today. Flight AC991 from Toronto to Mexico City is expected to generate at least 40 percent fewer emissions by using jet fuel derived from recycled cooking oil and through other fuel-saving measures, making it the most environmentally-friendly flight ever flown by Air Canada. The flight is part of an environmental demonstration by the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) to coincide with the Rio +20 United Nations Conference on Sustainable Development.
Auto research at the University of Toronto is pulling into the fast lane with new grants for projects such as building cars out of trees and plants and teaching drivers how to limit their gas consumption.
“When you look at the tremendous innovation with each of these projects, it is clear that U of T researchers are making impressive progress in the transition of the automobile into a mode of transportation that can still be a vibrant part of a more environmentally sustainable global society.” said Professor Peter Lewis, U of T’s associate vice-president of research.
Denis Lebel, Canadian Minister of Transport, Infrastructure and Communities, announced yesterday that the Government of Canada is continuing its commitment to advance clean vehicle technologies with the launch of the second phase of the ecoTECHNOLOGY program.
The program also supports the Canada-U.S. Regulatory Cooperation Council. Test results will help align vehicle regulations in North America to reduce and prevent barriers to cross-border trade, lowering costs for business and consumers, and supporting jobs and growth.
The Research & Development Corporation of Newfoundland and Labrador (RDC) is launching a new $5 million, three-year program called ArcticTECH. This new initiative will focus on investing in academic as well as business-led research and development that supports technology innovation for the Arctic and other cold environments.
Honourable Keith Hutchings, Minister of Innovation, Business and Rural Development and Minister Responsible for RDC sees this effort as part of furthering “research and development capacity, skilled labour force and innovative companies” within the region.
Prof. David VanderZwaag, Canada Research Chair in Ocean Law and Governance at Dalhousie University, discusses how thinning ice in the Arctic is opening the way for new global shipping routes, as well as spurring growing interest in natural resource development and regional tourism.
According to VanderZwaag, the way in which Canada will choose to “govern the oceans and adopt practices of sustainable development in the Far North” will showcase Canadian leadership on the international stage. Specifically, VanderZwaag sees opportunity for promoting new legislation regarding shipping regulation, ocean governance, and marine biodiversity protection.
In addition to his expertise on international oceanic governance, VanderZwaag recently co-authored a report for the Royal Society of Canada on how to better sustain Canada’s marine biodiversity in the Arctic region.
An article in The Walrus discusses Sable Island, a remote piece of sandbar located on the Eastern Scotian Shelf of Canada, will soon become our fourth-third national park (Parks Canada Press Release). Its strategic location and sheer beauty, as recently exposed by photographer’s Roberto Dutesco’s acclaimed exhibitions featuring the Sable Island ponies, sparked the interest of many adventurous travellers. The Canadian Embassy in Washington, DC recently hosted an exhibition of Roberto Dutesco’s photos of the Wild Horses of Sable Island.
With more than 90 percent of North Americans identifying forests as natural areas in need of protection, TD Bank and its parent company, TD Bank Group, both environmental leaders in the North American banking sector, today announced a major forest conservation initiative – TD Forests.
TD Forests is a program to protect critical forest habitat in the U.S. and Canada, and it will be linked to TD’s commitment to reduce its paper usage on both sides of the border by at least 20 percent by 2015.
According to a new study from the Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development, released Monday, Canada is in a better position than most to figure out how to thrive over the long haul because it is one of the few resource-rich nations on the planet where education and skills have not been shortchanged.
Dr. John Cullen of Dalhousie University and his colleague, Sallie W. (Penny) Chisholm from MIT, recently received the Ruth Patrick Award from the American Society for Limnology and Oceanography. The award honours outstanding research by a scientist in the application of basic aquatic science principles to the identification, analysis and/or solution of important environmental problems.
For 20 years, Dr. Cullen worked to bring attention to the uncertainties and potential dangers of large-scale iron fertilization, a process whereby iron is released into the ocean to prompt phytoplankton growth.