Plant diversity promotes healthier land: study

Increases phosphorus needed for plant growth and reproduction

Plant diversity promotes healthier land: studyA new study is the first to show on a global scale that conserving plant diversity boosts a nutrient crucial for healthy land, including productive croplands. An analysis of 180 studies done worldwide on farm fields, grasslands, forests and pot-grown experiments showed that overall, mixtures of diverse plant species increased the availability of phosphorus in…

There’s room for everyone in nature – if we’re respectful

The only time we need to stand up is when nature is negatively impacted by someone’s actions

There’s room for everyone in nature – if we’re respectfulI sometimes wonder how people with disparate desires share a common resource while respecting other people’s differing ideals and goals. I’m a dedicated birdwatcher, as I think you might have figured out by now. Years ago, I went to Rondeau Provincial Park in Ontario to look for a very rare bird – a sage thrasher…

The role of hydrogen in Alberta

The role of hydrogen in AlbertaEpisode 18 in our DECARBONIZATION series is the second of three episodes on the role of hydrogen in addressing Alberta’s commitment to emissions reduction in energy production. Today’s guest is Dale Nally, Associate Minister of Natural Gas and Electricity in Alberta, and features a Q&A panel comprised of Yogi Schulz of Corvelle Consulting, Bill Howell,…

The road to hell is paved with green intentions

The disastrous consequences of the green movement

The road to hell is paved with green intentionsPeople are beginning to understand that “the road to hell is paved with green intentions.” The green movement’s crusade to replace the 84 per cent of energy currently supplied by fossil fuels with windmills, solar panels and biofuels has led to much talk about energy supply and prices. But there’s also a profound human impact.…

Genesis GV60 an innovative all-electric crossover

The GV60 has plenty of unique features that put it well above its Hyundai and Kia relatives

Genesis GV60 an innovative all-electric crossoverThe first Genesis model with a dedicated all-electric platform is the GV60, a high-end compact crossover. Genesis is the luxury brand for Hyundai. While the GV60 shares some underpinnings with the related Hyundai Ioniq 5 and the Kia EV6, it has plenty of unique features that put it well above its Hyundai and Kia relatives.…

Researchers create new method for making lifelike aquatic artificial habitats

Studying living habitats that attract and retain different organisms is crucial in restoration planning

Researchers create new method for making lifelike aquatic artificial habitatsResearchers have devised a new method of making lifelike aquatic artificial habitats that could help scientists better understand and restore real-world environments. Aneri Garg, who completed the research as part of her master’s studies under the supervision of Stephanie Green, first developed the 3D scanning, printing, moulding and casting (3D-SPMC) method on a project involving coral reefs. As…

Alberta is committed to emissions reduction

Alberta is committed to emissions reductionThe 17th episode of the DECARBONIZATION series includes three episodes on the role of hydrogen in addressing Alberta’s commitment to emissions reduction in energy production. Today’s guests are Dale Nally, Associate Minister of Natural Gas and Electricity in Alberta, and Yogi Schulz, founding partner at Corvelle Consulting. The series was produced by KEI Network in…

Researcher aims to squeeze extra life out of lithium ion batteries

Improving charge capacity could offer big advantages for manufacturers and consumers

Researcher aims to squeeze extra life out of lithium ion batteriesCruising down the highway in an electric car, who wouldn’t want to squeeze a few hundred extra kilometres out of a single battery charge? University of Alberta researcher Jasper Woodard is hoping to achieve just that. He’s working to improve a particular component in the lithium-ion batteries that power electric vehicles (EVs) – and everyday…

When is the right time to mow hay fields to protect birds?

Knowing birds' behaviour and nesting habits allows nesting and mowing to coexist

When is the right time to mow hay fields to protect birds?Every year about his time I feel sadness for the many birds and small mammals killed by haying. I know there are many and varied reasons why fields are cut, and I respect that, so please don’t think I am criticizing farmers. Mowing hay fields is a necessary and important part of agriculture. We forget…

New soil database will help Alberta farmers plot out sustainable practices

Digging into decades’ worth of data to gauge soil health across the province

New soil database will help Alberta farmers plot out sustainable practicesA new project is, for the first time, harnessing information from thousands of soil samples into one big database to get an idea of how healthy the province’s agricultural soils are. The two-year initiative brings together decades of data collection on soil samples from 44 benchmark sites across the province so that they can be…

New strains of wheat sought with built-in resistance to wheat midge

There’s currently only one genetic defence to protect from wheat midge – but researchers want to change that

New strains of wheat sought with built-in resistance to wheat midge Agricultural scientists in Western Canada are teaming up to give wheat a boost of built-in resistance to a destructive pest. “Wheat midge is the number one insect pest threatening wheat crops across Western Canada,” says James Harynuk, a professor in the University of Alberta’s Faculty of Science. Harynuk notes that wheat midge can cause about $60…

Renewable energy dreams have turned into a nightmare. What now?

Maybe it is time to revive the forgotten concept of reduce, reuse, recycle

Renewable energy dreams have turned into a nightmare. What now?It’s not even Calgary Stampede time yet – it looks like it will be a good old-fashioned free-for-all – and I’ve already encountered a fascinating drunken goofball at the top of his game. Nothing unusual there, I suppose, except that this encounter actually had an interesting and thoughtful punchline. It happened on the train to…

Decarbonization – How the world has lost its mind on energy

Decarbonization – How the world has lost its mind on energyEpisode #16 continues our Decarbonization series, the last of three featuring David Yager (bio below). The series was produced by KEI Network for Troy Media. We welcome your comments below. David Yager David Yager is an oil service executive, entrepreneur and long-time writer. He has worked in the oil industry since 1970, and from 1987…

Extremist views make for bad food policies

Unfortunately, the extremists are taking over

Extremist views make for bad food policiesNot a day goes by without seeing a group, or even a government, changing rules for farmers. In the name of the planet, animal welfare and our health, rules are changing despite our farmers’ knowledge and experience. It’s an interesting phenomenon, and it’s happening around the world. Farmers have long been regarded as the best…

Oil and gas know-how key to reducing emissions: Canada pension plan CEO

Oil and gas tech will do more to reduce emissions than disinvesting from the sector

Oil and gas know-how key to reducing emissions: Canada pension plan CEOThe business leader responsible for nearly $540 billion of Canadian pension investment has no plan to sell off interest in companies just because they’re involved in oil and gas. The critical task of reducing global emissions will require the skills of people inside these companies, according to John Graham, CEO of Canada Pension Plan (CPP)…