Canadians are among the largest producers of solid waste in the world. According to Environment Canada, we generate 990 kilograms per capita annually compared to the Japanese, for example, who produce half that much.
Green chemistry is a rapidly growing area of interest for industry as companies face increased regulatory requirements, supply constraints, and consumer demands for sustainable products. Business innovation is a powerful means to achieve sustainable development, but challenges associated with marketability of clean technologies must be considered for effective implementation.
Dr. Jeff Bergthorson, a professor of Mechanical Engineering at McGill University, and his colleagues, think the answer to the difficult problem of energy storage and transportation in a fossil-fuel-free future could be metals.
Dylan Clark moved to Montreal to begin a master’s program with James Ford and the Climate Change Adaptation Research Group in the Department of Geography at McGill University to do work in climate change and health. This interesting retrospective written by Mr. Clark paints a picture of the life of an Arctic researcher and the cultural and physical environments they encounter.
While implementation of projects such as the Arviat Climate Change Adaptation Action Plan is key to fight thawing permafrost in the Arctic, it must be followed by monitoring and evaluation, according to Melanie Flynn, a Master’s student with the Climate Change Adaptation Research Group (CCARG), housed within the Department of Geography at McGill University.
To get an idea of what a city like Montreal can do, in its actions and regulations to cut its emissions, the Montreal Gazette spoke to two local experts: McGill professor Catherine Potvin, the Canada research chair in Climate Change Mitigation and Tropical Forests, and member of the Sustainable Canada Dialogues network of researchers, and Concordia professor Peter Stoett, director of the university’s Loyola Sustainability Research Centre.
McGill University graduate student Shrikalaa Kannan suggests that fish heads and guts can be turned into a coal-like substance called hydrochar, which could be used as fuel or added to soil to improve fertility and sequester carbon.