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Coverage of natural resources since January 5, 2022.

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Oil Sands Alliance to focus on industry sustainability, advancing net-zero ambitions

"...Reid described the level of collaboration between oilsands producers right now as “unprecedented. ” Through the Oil Sands Pathways to Net Zero initiative — announced last year by the same companies that make up the new Oil Sands Alliance (as well as MEG Energy Inc. , which is not involved in the new group) — major industry players have publicly pledged to work together to reach the goal of net-zero greenhouse gas emissions by 2050..."

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Oil Sands Alliance to focus on energy industry sustainability, advancing net zero ambitions Globalnews.ca

"...Through the Oil Sands Pathways to Net Zero initiative — announced last year by the same companies that make up the new Oil Sands Alliance (as well as MEG Energy Inc. , which is not involved in the new group) —  major industry players have publicly pledged to work together to reach the goal of net-zero greenhouse gas emissions by 2050. The industry's vision of getting to that goal is anchored by a proposed major carbon capture, utilization and storage (CCUS) transportation line that would capture CO2 from oilsands facilities and transport it to a storage facility near Cold Lake, Alta..."

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Natural resources minister participates in review of Canadian energy policies – January 13, 2022

"...Jonathan Wilkinson, the federal minister of natural resources, takes part in the launch of the International Energy Agency’s (IEA) review of Canada’s energy policies..."

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Ramping up the green industrial wave Corporate Knights

"...The high energy intensity combined with the reliance on combustion-based production technologies makes the heavy industries among the most greenhouse gas intensive, as measured by tonnes of greenhouse gas per dollar of GDP. The relatively large contribution of fuel and electricity to the total cost of production in these industries provides a strong incentive to improve technological energy efficiency, to look for process innovations that require less energy, and to pursue production strategies that increase the economic value created for every unit of fuel burned. Notwithstanding the slow growth in the heavy industry sector, greenhouse gas intensities have been stable or declining in the cement, chemicals and non-ferrous metals industries..."

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Global biodiversity project in Guelph receives $24 million in federal funding

"...“BIOSCAN will inventory multicellular species, probe their interactions and dynamics, and enable researchers to help protect natural resources, ecosystems and human health,” the U of G said. These projects include work in Costa Rica to examine the advantages of organic pineapple farming on insects and birds. A study is also being done with researchers in Ghana to help control malaria-carrying mosquitoes..."

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Canadian Natural Resources expects to increase capital spending for 2022 Globalnews.ca

"...Canadian Natural Resources Ltd. says it expects about $4. 3 billion in capital spending this year, up from nearly $3..."

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Summerland also being eyed for hydrogen plant

"...He said the company is eyeing a one-acre plot near the Summerland wastewater treatment plant that could be home to a 10,000-square-foot building, which at full annual production could generate 1,080 metric tonnes of green hydrogen, 18,000 metric tonnes of aluminum and five megawatts of electricity. Neil estimates the facility could create 15 to 17 permanent jobs, while generating “zero” pollution and recycling most of the water it requires. Coun..."

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Canadian Natural Resources boosts capex budget to $4.3 billion for 2022

"...A Canadian Natural Resources Ltd. logo is shown at the company’s annual meeting in Calgary, Thursday, May 3, 2012. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jeff McIntosh..."

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Feds overhauling methane-reduction fund slammed by environment commissioner

"...The federal government claims those projects will cut more than four million tonnes of greenhouse gas emissions. But environment commissioner Jerry DeMarco raised a number of red flags about the program in an audit released in November, including whether the claimed emissions cuts can be believed..."

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Oversight of environmental professionals strengthened following Ombudsperson’s recommendations

"...The Ombudsperson’s initial 2014 report Striking a Balance examined the Ministry of Forests, Lands and Natural Operations’ (now known as the Ministry of Forests, Lands, Natural Resource Operations and Rural Development) use of what’s known as a professional reliance model in the protection of land surrounding streams, lakes and inland waters when development occurs..."

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Recycling contamination in Chilliwack being tackled with education, research

"...“Contamination” of the recycling stream occurs when non-recyclable items such as plastic bags, or styrofoam containers get tossed into the blue box..."

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4.7 magnitude earthquake recorded off west coast of Vancouver Island

"...The year’s first earthquake of magnitude 4. 0 or more happened off the west coast of Vancouver Island, nearest Port Alice. (Courtesy of John Cassidy/Natural Resources Canada)..."

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Jobs in natural resources

Recent employment opportunities from across Canada.

Manager of Urban Forestry & Natural Areas - District of Saanich (Saanich, BC)

"...Do you love trees and an urban natural environment? As Vancouver Island’s largest community with significant natural assets and a community passionate about the outdoors, Saanich is seeking an experienced manager to continue to build our Urban Forestry and Natural Areas Programs..."

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Community Wildfire Resiliency Coordinator - City of Port Moody (Port Moody, BC)

"...Coordinate with the Project Committee, City Departments including Environment and Parks, Engineering, Planning and PMFR on the development and delivery of Community Wildfire Protection Plan projects..."

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Community Wildfire Resiliency Coordinator - City of Port Moody (Port Moody, BC)

"...Coordinate with the Project Committee, City Departments including Environment and Parks, Engineering, Planning and PMFR on the development and delivery of Community Wildfire Protection Plan projects..."

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Forestry Initiatives Coordinator - City of Quesnel (Quesnel, BC)

"...The coordinator will assist the Forestry Initiatives Manager to: provide community-wide FireSmart education and outreach, advance the manufacturing initiatives, and oversee the City’s Carbon Action Plan..."

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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 USDA’s 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.

NEOM is Changing the Future of Manufacturing

"...The established means of production and consumption are using up the earth's natural resources and disrupting fragile ecosystems..."

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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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Western Alienation: Speaking up for the Energy Sector, (w/Cody Battershill)

"...Battershill is convinced he can help others realize the important contribution the energy sector makes in our lives and in the Canadian economy..."

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Event: Unprecedented Foresight - Improving Climate Security Risk Assessments in the Biden Admin

"...Caitlin Welsh, Director, Global Food Security Program, CSIS; former director of global economic engagement at the National Security Council and National Economic Council ..."

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Academic Research

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

Overview on the Impact of Human Activity on Protected Areas

"...This chapter is thus designed to highlight the relevance of protected areas biodiversity and ecosystem services in this era of climate change..."

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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 Issues in Serbia: Pollution and Nature Conservation

"...It is facing the serious air pollution in the major cities (category III), low level of the wastewater from utility and industrial sources (that less than 15%), an inadequate waste management with a small percentage of recycling, as well as the degradation and pollution of the quality soil which is one of the key natural resources in Serbia..."

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Introduction

"...This book provides policy framework on ?towards a Green Economy in the Transport Sector? draws inspiration from the UNEP report on Green Economy Modeling (2014), which focused on South Africa with respect to Transport, Natural Resource Management, Agriculture, and Energy sectors..."

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Exploring the potential of vermicompost as a sustainable strategy in circular economy: improving plants? bioactive properties a

"...Vermicompost has the potential to be used in a variety of ways in the circular economy, including for agricultural sustainability, managing waste, pollutant remediation, biogas production and animal feed production..."

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Has the European Union entered a bioeconomy transition? Combining an output-based approach with a shift-share analysis

"...Moreover, the EU Green Deal announced in 2019 targets a transition towards a low-carbon sustainable model of growth, food and energy security, biodiversity and natural resource management, where it is envisaged that the bioeconomy will play a key role..."

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An Overview on Eco-friendly Remediation of Toxic Organic Contaminants from Textile Dyeing Industry Wastewater

"...In this chapter, eco-friendly techniques such as bioremediation, phytoremediation, coagulation process by natural coagulants, and biogenic nanomaterials applied for the removal of organic pollutants from the textile effluent are elaborately discussed..."

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Water reuse in the food industry

"...Due to the significant growing demand for water, it is urgent to those in the food industry to consider a more rational and sustainable use of such a scarce natural resource..."

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Ethiopia?s Climate Change Policies in Retrospect: From Conservationism to Green Economy

"...The climate policy discourses further shifted towards low-carbon transformation in the post-Copenhagen period with the introduction of a green economy strategy based on the natural resources endowments to develop renewable energy alternatives..."

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Impact of Human Activities on the Ecosystem Services of Nech Sar National Park

"...These valued ecosystems in the case of Nech Sar, however, are going through severe degradation from deforestation, overgrazing, improper land-use practices, and lack of community involvement in the management of parks..."

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European Union policies and their role in combating climate change over the years

"...One of the objectives of environmental policies is to make the economy of its member states more environmentally friendly, although this requires finding solutions to major challenges such as climate change, the scarcity of natural resources, the emission of polluting gases, and unsustainable consumption and production..."

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