Desalinizing Water, BC Bike Sharing, Clean Coal Opposition, Shell Favours Biofuel, Fossil Fools Day April 1st

March 23, 2009 at 8:56 pm | Posted in environment | Leave a comment
  • Taking the Salt out of Seawater:

    the search for new water sources is on. One proved candidate is desalinization —technologies that extract the salt from brine drawn from the oceans or saline aquifers to create potable water. But the historically high price of desalinization has largely kept it at bay, a situation that’s changing as technology improves and growing demand squeezes freshwater supplies .

  • ‘Peddling’ a Bike-Sharing system in Vancouver:

    Members of the program would be able to borrow bicycles from kiosks throughout the downtown core and the more densely populated northside of the city, north of 16th Avenue and east to Commercial Drive.

    Short trips would be free, while trips longer than a half hour would likely carry a charge,

  • Clean Coal Opposition Mounting:

    The last month has seen a flurry of activity on the clean coal opposition front and it doesn’t seem to be letting up.

    I thought it would make an interesting post to take some of the best blog post out there on so called “clean coal” and share them with you here on DeSmogBlog. As much as the multi-million dollar coal industry lobbyists want us to think their product is clean, it just ain’t so.

  • Shell dumps wind, solar and hydro power in favour of biofuels:

    Shell will no longer invest in renewable technologies such as wind, solar and hydro power because they are not economic, the Anglo-Dutch oil company said today. It plans to invest more in biofuels which environmental groups blame for driving up food prices and deforestation.

    Executives at its annual strategy presentation said Shell, already the world’s largest buyer and blender of crop-based biofuels, would also invest an unspecified amount in developing a new generat­ion of biofuels which do not use food-based crops and are less harmful to the environment.

  • Fossil Fools Day is April First:

    Like me, your activity calendar is likely filling up fast, but make room for one more: Fossil Fools Day. Organized by the Rainforest Action Network (RAN), the focus is to pressure the Royal Bank of Canada to stop funding the tar sands. There aren’t any organized for Metro Vancouver yet, as far as I am aware anyway- make contact with the RAN folks if you want to take a stand

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