Climate change expert sees ‘brighter, smarter’ future for planet

Tom Pedersen, executive director of the Pacific Institute for Climate Solutions at the University of Victoria in B.C., plugs in his electric car in Victoria. PHOTO: MATT KELLEY

Tom Pedersen, executive director of the Pacific Institute for Climate Solutions at the University of Victoria in B.C., plugs in his electric car in Victoria.
PHOTO: MATT KELLEY

Published: May 1, 2014

VANCOUVER — Tom Pedersen sounds almost upbeat about climate change, putting a positive spin on the decidedly gloomy subject.

“You must never lose hope,” says Pedersen, executive director of the Pacific Institute for Climate Solutions at the University of Victoria in B.C., who foresees a  “brighter, smarter” future for the planet. Continue reading

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Aiming for round-the-clock renewable energy

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Tiny gas bubbles turn water white in  a small electrolyzer at the University of Calgary as catalysts split water into oxygen and hydrogen, a potent form of energyPhoto ~ Rodney Smith, University of Calgary

Tiny gas bubbles turn the  water white in a small electrolyzer at the University of Calgary as catalysts split H2O into oxygen and hydrogen, a potent form of energy
Photo ~ Rodney Smith, University of Calgary

Published 23/03/13 – If you’d like to unplug from the grid, Curtis Berlinguette and his colleagues could have the machine for you.

The University of Calgary chemists are working on a “FireWater” fuel device, about half the size of a fridge, to deliver renewable, carbon-free electricity around the clock.

While it will be at least a couple of years before FireWater is energizing houses near you, the scientists’ patented new process is being held up as a “game changer” for renewable energy. Continue reading