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Coverage of carbon footprint since December 7, 2021.

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IEA head says Canadian oil can be part of transition if it gets cleaner Globalnews.ca

"...A new IEA report on Canada's energy industries praises the country for pushing toward net-zero emissions by 2050 but warns the challenge facing Canada as an oil and gas-producing country is immense. READ MORE: Oil companies ask Canada to pay for 75% of carbon capture facilitiesIEA executive director Fatih Birol says the estimate is there will still be about 25 million barrels of oil needed daily in 2050, down from about 100 million today. Birol says he wants that oil to be supplied by reliable countries like Canada that invest to produce it more cleanly..."

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UBC is committed to pursuing an ambitious climate action agenda

"...With the release of these plans, UBC has pledged to significantly reduce greenhouse gas emissions by 2030 for both campuses and continue to play a leadership role in addressing the climate emergency..."

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Tree-burning Drax power plants dropped from green energy index Corporate Knights

"...In October, the world’s largest biomass-burning power generator, Drax Group, was one of 15 companies booted off the S&P Global Clean Energy Index. S&P also ditched the French bioenergy firm Albioma. The reason given: their “carbon-to-revenue footprint” was too large..."

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Fuel-cell NepShuttle could soon carry passengers on French waterways

"...The watercraft's twin electric motors will be powered by a couple of lithium batteries, which will in turn be charged by two polymer electrolyte membrane fuel cells. It will have a cruising speed of 35 km/h (22 mph) and a top speed of 40 km/h (25 mph). Although no exact range figures have been provided, NepTech states that with help from energy- and battery-management systems, the NepShuttle will "match the operational performances of legacy diesel-powered vessels..."

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If companies want net-zero carbon offices, they need to focus on building materials Corporate Knights

"...The past two decades have seen the use of green buildings as an explicit tool to reduce the carbon footprint of companies. It is now commonplace for business offices to feature the latest in engineering and building operations, from energy efficiency and on-site heating and cooling, to waste reduction and recycling..."

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LETTER TO THE EDITOR: Bike lanes benefit everyone, in a way

"...Creating decent bicycle lanes does not only “accommodate the one per cent,” but indeed accommodates 100 per cent of humanity (let alone other living things) by making our roads safer and less polluting, lowering our carbon footprint, and reducing noise, among other benefits..."

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Leading the charge at Hamilton Audi

"...The shift to Electric Vehicles is on the rise as more and more people are starting to pay attention to their carbon footprint. Tim Bolen went to visit Hamilton Audi to check their latest EV models..."

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Christmas & climate change: Shuswap environmentalist recommends planet-friendly season

"...Julia Beatty, chair of Shuswap Climate Action, provides a number of ways people can make a difference, individually and together, in decreasing greenhouse gas emissions as extreme weather from climate change escalates. (File photo)..."

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EV skills-training course begins at Camosun College BC Gov News

"...Automotive technicians in Victoria can align their skills with the low-carbon economy through an electric vehicle (EV) maintenance training pilot program at Camosun College. “With more than 60,000 electric vehicles on the road, British Columbia is leading the country in the transition to EVs,” said Bruce Ralston, Minister of Energy, Mines and Low Carbon Innovation. “We’re supporting this transition by helping auto technicians develop the skills they need to work on EVs throughout the province..."

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Column: Larch Hills Nordic Society considering bus in effort to reduce carbon footprint

"...One contributor to greenhouse gas (GHG) is club operations on the hill. This past year the LHNS bought carbon offsets to compensate for the carbon footprint generated by fuel used in club operations – PB 400 tracksetter, snowmobiles, chainsaws, plus general club operation. This gives us carbon neutral status for this past year’s on-hill maintenance and tracksetting operations..."

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You'll see more carbon labels in the grocery store next year. Here's what they mean.

"...But Tammara Soma, assistant professor at the School of Resource and Environmental Management at Simon Fraser University, is not sold. “I’m cautious about initiatives that focus on making people into data consumers,” says Soma. She cites “best before” dates, which teach consumers to trust the printed expiration label more than their own senses, leading to a lot of food waste..."

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Is Big Gas finally learning to love biogas? Corporate Knights

"...For years, biogas didn’t get this kind of love from Big Gas. Lumped in with those once wooly technologies like wind and solar, biogas presented unique complications: working out arrangements with municipal waste management agencies, finding sources of decaying stuff that could be tapped economically, and purifying the captured methane so it could be reused..."

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The Carbon Footprint of Everything

"...A smart, practical, and accessible guide to measuring (and reducing) our carbon footprint, from internationally recognized expert, Mike Berners-Lee..."

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Podcasts

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60: Slash Your Carbon Footprint with a Green Pension, with Make My Money Matter

Duration: 38:40

"...Source: For What It's Earth..."

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Sarah Bridle on the carbon footprint of food

Duration: 27:50

"...What would happen to our carbon emissions if we all went vegan? Astrophysicist, Sarah Bridle tells Jim Al-Khalili why she switched her attention from galaxies to food..."

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Episode 56: Carbon Footprint Crossover Event with Realistic Sustainability Podcast

Duration: 50:55

"...Starting Sustainability and Realistic Sustainability podcasts teamed up for a crossover event to learn and discuss carbon footprints, how to track them, and how to reduce them..."

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Paul Wheaton Pt. II: Permaculture Gardening

Duration: 29:00

"...Source: Sea Change Radio..."

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Informative Video

Discussions, Documentaries, and Investigative Reports about carbon footprint.

Decarbonizing Steel Production: Challenges and Opportunities

"...He joined Primetals Technologies in 1997 (before SiemensVAI 2005-2014 and VAI 1997-2004) and is a recognized expert in sustainable iron and steel production, including waste gas cleaning, carbon footprint reduction, energy efficiency, by-product management and waste water treatment..."

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We Don't Have Time! Everyone has the Power to Act Against the Climate Crisis with Ingmar Rentzhog

"...Marc is an Advocate for the SDGs, member of the World Economic Forum Expert Network, and award-winning Global Food Reformist..."

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Academic Research

Recent peer-reviewed papers about carbon footprint relevant to the latest news.

Technical and environmental analysis on the power production from residual biomass using hydrogen as energy vector

"...Mash column was selected as the suitable process to purify bioethanol for producing H2 and power, mainly ascribed to the reduction of bioethanol impurities that increases H2 yield, reduces energy demand, and mitigates the environmental impact in terms of global warming potential and acidification potential..."

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Solidification and stabilization of hazardous wastes using geopolymers as sustainable binders

"...The binder materials can potentially be used as an alternative to cement, which will reduce greenhouse gas emissions in cement production and reduce the energy requirement in the cement industry (minimization of carbon footprints)..."

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A Framework for AI-Based Building Controls to Adapt Passive Measures for Optimum Thermal Comfort and Energy Efficiency in Tropi

"...A very effective way to decouple economic growth and urbanization with increasing carbon footprint of our building stock is through the integration of passive measures, which hold huge potential for climate zones characterized as hot and warm..."

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Environmental Impact of Beef Production Systems

"...Improving the animal farms performance in the several countries is a key strategy to meet the demand for animal protein, reducing greenhouse gas emissions, and improving resource use efficiency..."

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Is Environmental Efficiency Compatible with Economic Competitiveness in Dairy Farming? A Case Study of 80 Luxembourgish Farms

"...In the environmental field, four LCA impact categories (carbon footprint, energy consumption, acidification, eutrophication) were analysed, while in the economic field, costs, incomes and profit of the farms were investigated..."

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Investigation and Modeling for Energy Consumption During Conventional Machining: A Case Study

"...Energy consumption during machining contributes a substantial part to manufacturing cost and produces a great environmental impact..."

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Assessing the Carbon Foot Print of an Ayurveda Medical Institute: A Case of National Institute of Ayurveda, Jaipur, India

"...In Scope 2, electricity is the only source of emissions, while Scope 3 includes personnel commuting, water supply, cloths, surgical accessories, wastewater treatment, oils, chemicals, stationery items, papers, polyethylene, biomedical waste, and solid waste, etc..."

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Lime mud waste from the paper industry as a partial replacement of cement in mortars used on radiant floor heating systems

"...In order to mitigate climate change, reductions of energy consumption are required on heating systems for residential and non-residential buildings..."

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One Floor at a Time: Cross-Laminating a Sustainable Future for Mass Timber in North America

"...In addition to many aesthetic and structural performance opportunities, and as a renewable resource with low embodied energy, CLT offers a low carbon footprint while also sequestering and serving as a carbon sink..."

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Energy Management in Distribution System Using Volt-VAr Optimization for Different Loading Conditions

"...The major portion of increased demand is still fulfilled by coal-based power generators that impose a lot of security threats due to the exhaustible nature of fossil fuels, increased carbon footprints, negative environmental impacts like increased pollution level, environmental temperature rise and global warming..."

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