Harvesting the power of the sun has been a human endeavour since the beginning of civilization. This infographic from SolarTech and Visual Capitalist details the history of solar energy starting in 4,000 BC.
Posted by Resource Works | January 25, 2017 7:07 AM
Our homepage at Resource Works says it all: “We have a problem. British Columbia is polarized”. Well, it’s not just British Columbia. We are seeing polarization over many natural resources in many jurisdictions.
British Columbia is the planet’s leader in using the best technologies and standards to get our resources to the world while protecting the environment. Our recent symposium drew together recognized experts to look at how this balancing act will continue into 2017.
Posted by Resource Works | January 10, 2017 8:06 AM
They packed the room in C.K. Choi Building at UBC on a snowy Friday afternoon looking for insights into energy policy and climate change. And Resource Works Executive Director Stewart Muir delivered a fresh perspective on Canada's sometimes-puzzling public policy on pipelines.
"When trying to answer a big question without much information, it is tempting to assign great significance to the few facts that can be found. So it is with Donald Trump and the Republican Congress that will be sworn in next year." – The Economist, November 19, 2016.
Posted by Karen Graham | December 14, 2016 9:59 PM
As John Turner, P.Ag, takes the reins of the Resource Works Board of Directors, our little organization is at a critical juncture with important decisions ahead on supporting a vibrant society that needs responsible resources.
Posted by Resource Works | November 29, 2016 1:20 PM
The province of Ontario also toyed with a ban on natural gas until seeing the $200-billion price tag. The City of Vancouver, meanwhile, is undeterred by impacts on consumers and the environment as it presses forward with its own ban.
Posted by Stewart Muir | November 26, 2016 10:22 AM
Concerned that a small increase in Vancouver's sea-based trade might be "not worth the risk"? Vancouver's mayor can rest easy: over the past half century, the clearest trend in global air and sea transportation has been the near elimination of accidents.
Posted by Stewart Muir | November 08, 2016 8:45 AM
A common thing heard from resource people is: have we lost the battle for public trust? Positive signs on a number of fronts point to some useful emerging models for developing the economy-environment story.
Forty years ago, British Columbians lost a towering figure of resource wisdom with the passing of this author and educator. Could his example be helpful to those caught up in today's resource culture conflicts?
Many millennials are opposed to liquefied natural gas exports, but is this position informed and aligned to their principles? Writer Brody Rokstad observes that if there was just a little more FOMO ('fear of missing out'), the situation might be different.
Posted by Brody Rokstad | October 04, 2016 4:36 PM
Carefully staged public displays of indignation have become an art form in the social-media age. When they are brought to a violent head, as in Montreal at oil pipeline hearings on Aug. 29, do they give up legitimacy? It all depends on whom you ask.
Natural resources not only account for one-fifth of the economy, they also produce the majority of greenhouse gas emissions. Instead of being seen as part of the problem, resource people must be (and be seen to be) the solution provider.
Posted by Resource Works | August 29, 2016 11:46 AM