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Coverage of natural resources since February 2, 2024.

Why is Japan hosting a conference for Ukraine reconstruction when it's still at war? AP explains.

"...TOKYO (AP) Japan is hosting a conference for Japanese and Ukrainian officials to discuss reconstruction of Ukraine just ahead of the two-year anniversary of Russias invasion, while the U. S. and other Western countries are still focusing on military aid for the battlefield..."

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Ottawa pledged 2 billion new trees, Quebec wants to cut some down after historic wildfires

"...She sent a letter Thursday to her federal counterpart, Energy and Natural Resources Minister Jonathan Wilkinson, asking Ottawa to allow the trees to be harvested and used in the production of green building materials. Vzina says the fires destroyed 1. 1 million hectares of forest in the southern half of the province, and her letter is co-signed by more than 100 Quebec municipalities and forestry industry associations and unions..."

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How will Prabowo Subianto, an ex-general who's never held elective office, lead Indonesia?

"...He has vowed to continue Widodos modernization efforts, which have boosted Indonesias economic growth by building infrastructure and leveraging the countrys abundant resources. A signature policy required nickel, a major Indonesian export and a key component of electric car batteries, to be processed in local factories rather than exported raw..."

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Ottawa promised Canadians two billion new trees, Quebec wants to cut some down

"...But Quebec Natural Resources and Forests Minister Mat Blanchette Vzina says the record-setting 2023 fire season has had tremendous economic impacts in rural regions that depend on the forestry industry..."

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BLOG: Economic growth crucial for both the private economy and government sector

"...Far too many politicians and bureaucrats ignore a simple economic realitythe private sector creates the resources needed to fund government social programs and cash transfers. If the private sector underperformsthat is, grows slowlyit strains both the private economy and the government sector. In other words, we must grow the economic pie before slicing it up and distributing (or redistributing) it..."

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Greenpeace alleges lobbying push for

"...Carbon offset projects help avoid or absorb atmospheric carbon through tree planting programs. By selling credits in a program, companies that pollute can offset their emissions. Biodiversity offsets offer a similar scheme but instead of buying and selling credits for carbon, companies can set aside or improve tracts of nature, such as wildlife habitat..."

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Forestry is key to growing a resilient bioeconomy in B.C.

"...More deeply integrating the bioeconomy with forestry is a key strategy for conservation, fire resilience and sustainable land management. By carefully managing forests, extracting value from every part of a tree, using wood residues and waste for value-added manufacturing and energy, while replanting trees, it's possible for B. C..."

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N.B. Wolastoqey chiefs skeptical of new Indigenous Affairs minister appointment

"...The previous minister, Arlene Dunn, resigned from cabinet last week. Higgs has since chosen Natural Resources Minister Mike Holland to take over the portfolio. The move is being greeted with skepticism by the six Wolastoqey chiefs..."

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‘Shocking': Anxiety grows as southern Quebec sees boom in mining claims

"...There's no mining around the Township of Low, Que. , about 40 kilometres northwest of Ottawa, where she raises sheep and cattle. “It was shocking, surprising, all of the above,” she said in a recent interview..."

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Doig River Chief emphasizes cooperation with industry at BC Natural Resources Forum

"...Makadahay said the overall goal is for all parties, including industry, First Nations, and government, to share in the sustainable benefit that energy resources can offer..."

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Jobs in natural resources

Recent employment opportunities from across Canada.

Section Manager, Urban Forestry & Natural Areas - District of North Vancouver (North Vancouver, BC)

"...Considerable knowledge of the methods, procedures and best management practices related to urban forestry and arboriculture, natural areas management, invasive species management, safety and wildfire risk mitigation, ecological restoration, and natural areas recreation..."

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Water and Wastewater Engineer - Urban Systems (Calgary, AB)

"...Applying practical knowledge related to civil and process facility design principles to provide workable solutions to engineering problems on a small scale and large multi- disciplinary projects..."

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Park Technician - Land Development - City of Surrey (Surrey, BC)

"...City of Surrey employees are talented innovators, inspired by meaningful work and the opportunity to drive our cityâand their careersâforward..."

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Aquatic Invasive Species Coordinator - Okanagan and Similkameen Invasive Species Society (Summerland, BC)

"...Do you love being outdoors and working around water? Are you excited about engaging the public on important environmental issues? Do you have experience with fieldwork and supervision? Then this position is for you! We are seeking an enthusiastic, motivated individual to join our team..."

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Podcasts

Recent episodes that mention natural resources.

Episode #66: Jon Stika

Duration: 58:04

"...Jon Stika is a writer, agronomist, and former soil health instructor with the USDAs Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS)..."

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Episode #65: Jay Fuhrer

Duration: 01:16:25

"...Jay Fuhrer is a conservationist & veteran Soil Health Specialist from the Natural Resources Conservation Services, in Bismarck, North Dakota..."

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Exploring the sustainability question in the proposed Clean Fuel Standard

Duration: 14:54

"...The news cycle has picked up on the Clean Fuel Standard (CFS) issue recently, but the topic isn’t all that new..."

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Today’s Show: handling the pandemic, Canada’s natural resources, orphaned Grizzly cub, and gun violence

Duration: 1:57:12

"...Guests: Anthony Furey, Sun papers national columnist and oped editor, Dennis McConaghy, retired TC Energy executive and author on energy and climate policy, Lisa Dahlseide, Education Director for the Cochrane Ecological Institute, and Marcell Wilson, Founder and President of One by One..."

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Informative Video

Discussions, Documentaries, and Investigative Reports about natural resources.

Reuse as a solution to tackle plastic pollution

"...The Ellen MacArthur Foundation is an International charity that develops and promotes the idea of a circular economy, which - driven by design, eliminates waste and pollution, circulates products and materials, and regenerates nature..."

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Mr. Bruce Knight: Catalyzing a National Ecosystem Services Market

"...Knight explains the history of the Ecosystem Services Market Consortium (ESMC) and details how ecosystem service markets can add incentives to motivate farmers and ranchers to improve soil health..."

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A New Economic Model For Protecting Tropical Forests | Nat Keohane | TED

"...Highlighting the urgent need to stop deforestation and the carbon pollution it brings, he details the work of the LEAF Coalition -- a first-of-its-kind public-private partnership that's channeling one billion dollars into protecting tropical forests -- and shares three building blocks for a robust market for forest carbon that enables economies to thrive while protecting natural resources..."

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Sven Mutke - Non-wood Provisioning Services from Mediterranean Forest Ecosystems

"...Pine nuts, mushrooms, and woodland pastures are just a few examples of the nontimber forest products that are increasingly part of the bioeconomyan economic model that embraces forests as a source of food while prioritizing biodiversity and sustainability..."

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Academic Research

Recent peer-reviewed papers about natural resources relevant to the latest news.

A Review of Knowledge on the Impacts of Multiple Anthropogenic Pressures on the Soft-Bottom Benthic Ecosystem in Mediterranean

"...exploitation of natural resources, habitat destruction, climate change, pollution and alien invasive species ? on the soft-bottom benthic ecosystem in Mediterranean coastal lagoons (period 2000?2022), and to identify perspectives for future research that can contribute to the improvement of monitoring programs..."

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Asymmetric effects of high-tech industry and presence of pollution-haven hypothesis in APEC countries: fresh evidence with pane

"...In this pursuit, the response of CO2 emission is provoked by renewable energy consumption, FDI, natural resource, interaction term of FDI and NR, medium?high-tech industry, and economic growth on APEC countries for the period 1996?2020..."

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Link Between Renewable and Non-renewable Energy Consumption and Co2 Emissions: A Monte-Carlo Simulation Study

"...However, excessive use of energy sources, particularly nonrenewable energy, leads to the depletion of natural resources and significant environmental impacts..."

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A Brief Review on the Barriers of Electric Vehicle Adoption and Present Scenario in India

"...EVs are eco-friendly and renewable energy technology that may provide an efficient transportation system without a catastrophic impact on natural resources..."

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PV and Thermal Solar Systems Application in Buildings. A State of Art in the Context of Circular Economy

"...The paper is meant to be a brief state of the art that summarizes the relevant issues for achieving the goal of circular economy of buildings with the focus on solar energy application, with the novelty of considering and comparing two technologies, photovoltaic and thermal..."

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Circular Economy Business Model Framework Considering Product Sustainability

"...With the development of technology and industry, which started in the latter half of the twentieth century, environmental degradation intensified because of the depletion of natural resources, global warming, the disintegration of the ozone layer, acid rain, droughts, and other issues..."

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Unleashing the Feasibility of Nanotechnology in Phytoremediation of Heavy Metal?Contaminated Soil: A Critical Review Towards Su

"...To overcome these limitations, the use of nanoparticles in conjunction with phytoremediation has emerged as a rapid and environmentally friendly alternative that mitigates secondary environmental impacts such as greenhouse gas emissions, waste generation, and depletion of natural resources..."

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A review of the potential application of lignin in the production of bio-binder: challenges and opportunities

"...Under this domain, the invention of bio-ethanol also known as 2G-ethanol from crop residue (lignocellulosic biomass) took place and is contributing toward rural development and energy independence..."

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