Category Archives: ECOreport Radio

Outdoor application of Luci light - Courtesy Mpowerd

How MPOWERD Lights up People’s Lives

By Roy L Hales

Screen-shot-2014-03-18-at-3.43.47-PM1Broadcast on Cortes Community Radio, CKTZ, 89.5 FM.

MPOWERD makes solar lanterns, but they are also much more than that. They were founded in response to the Haiti earthquake. So I interviewed the President, Scott Kling, about how MPOWERD lights up people’s lives.

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Clean Energy Jobs - Courtesy Clean Energy Canada

Renewables Are Big Business In Canada And Getting Bigger

By Roy L Hales

Screen-shot-2014-03-18-at-3.43.47-PM1According Clean Energy Canada’s report Tracking the Energy Revolution, last year there were more Canadians working directly in clean energy jobs – such as efficiency, clean transportation, biofuels, wind and solar energy –  than were directly employed in the oil sands. Roughly $6.5 Billion US was invested in this nation’s clean energy sector. Only  four of the five principal investment firms are either German or Japanese. Renewables are big business in Canada and getting bigger.

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Geothermal Energy:*
The*Renewable*and*Cost:Effective* *Alternative*to*Site*C*

BC could develop Geothermal for half the cost of Hydro, report says

By Roy L Hales

Screen-shot-2014-03-18-at-3.43.47-PM1Last week the Canadian Geothermal Energy Association (CanGEA) released a report stating BC could develop geothermal for half the cost of hydro. That’s only the first of a series of benefits, that include little environmental impact, more jobs and energy that costs less to produce. CanGEA claims there is a sufficient geothermal potential to meet all of British Columbia’s future power needs. (p 7) Geothermal could supply the 1,100 MW of capacity and 5,100 gigawatt hours per year (GWh/yr) of energy that the proposed Site C dam offers, but an officer of BC Hydro says it is not likely they will switch to Geothermal.

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Coyote Pounce - courtsy Justin Jensen, CC BY SA, 2.0

With Lawsuit Pending, Feds Cancel Idaho Predator-killing Derby (& Podcast)

Press Release from Project Coyote, Center for Biological Diversity & Western Watersheds Project (& the ECOreport podcast) 

BOISE, Idaho —In response to a lawsuit from conservation groups, the Bureau of Land Management has decided to cancel a permit allowing an anti-wolf organization to conduct a “predator derby” on more than 3 million acres of public lands near Salmon, Idaho.

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Salt SPring Resident Demonstrating in support of Burnaby Mountain

(BC) Vigil on Burnaby Mountain (Podcast)

Screen-shot-2014-03-18-at-3.43.47-PM1Broadcast on Cortes Community Radio (CKTZ, 89.5 FM), Salt Spring Island Radio (107.9 & 102.1 FM GREEN) & Powell River Community Radio (CJMP, 90.1 FM)

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(BC) Logging Impacts in the Chapman Creek Watershed (Podcast)

Screen-shot-2014-03-18-at-3.43.47-PM1Broadcast on Cortes Community Radio (CKTZ, 89.5 FM) and  Powell River Community Radio (CJMP, 90.1 FM) .

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(l to r) Eric Sloan, President of Urban Cultivator; Chef Ned Bell, Executive Chef of Four Seasons Vancouver;  Tarren Wolfe, Founder of the Urban Cultivator

North America’s #1 Urban Cultivator

Originally Published in Clean Technica

By Roy L Hales

Screen-shot-2014-03-18-at-3.43.47-PM1The problem with buying greens in a supermarket is that they usually lost half of their nutrients within a day of being cut. As anyone with a garden knows, freshness translates into taste. A Vancouver company brings this freshness into kitchens. North America’s #1 Urban Cultivator gives restaurants and homeowners an opportunity to grow micro-greens and herbs year round.

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Entrance to Kinder Morgan's Westridge Marine Terminal - Courtesy the Wilderness Committee video "Save the Salish Sea"

Three Intervenors Speak Against the Trans Mountain Pipeline Hearings

Screen-shot-2014-03-18-at-3.43.47-PM1Broadcast on Cortes Community Radio (CKTZ, 89.5 FM), Powell River Community Radio (CJMP, 90.1 FM)

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Map Showing distribution of geothermal potential - Courtesy CanGEA

BC may have a “Trillion Dollar Opportunity”

The Province’s Geothermal Potential

By Roy L Hales

Screen-shot-2014-03-18-at-3.43.47-PM1BC may have a “Trillion Dollar Opportunity,” and it is NOT LNG.*  There are more than 150 known hot springs in Western Canada. Look at the map above, most of the high generation temperature areas are in BC! According to Alison Thompson, Chair of the Canadian Geothermal Association, there is more than enough geothermal energy to power the province’s grid, yet none of these sites have been developed. Geothermal Energy has never been invited to bid on calls for power. In fact, there isn’t a single developed geothermal site in all of Canada!

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