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Reforesting the north

By CK Staff
New forest planned for northern England

The U.K. government announced plans in January to plant a new “Northern Forest” that would stretch across northern England from Liverpool to Hull.

The project aims to plant 50 million new trees over the next 25 years, helping to reforest one of the least wooded portions of Europe. Only eight per cent of northern England comprises woodlands, compared to 15 per cent in Wales and 18 per cent in Scotland. The U.K. average of 10 per cent woodlands pales in comparison to other European countries, such as Germany’s 33 per cent.

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Global 100 progress report

By CK Staff
The pace of change is quickening in favour of a low-carbon future

From transportation to electricity generation, technological advancements are shifting the ways we shop, work, live and move around. One remarkable statistic released by Bloomberg New Energy Finance last month showed prices for lithium-ion battery packs dropping 24 per cent in 2016 alone – a vital tool for both the electric transportation and energy storage sectors more broadly.

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Powering reconciliation

By CK Staff
Indigenous Canadians heavily involved in renewables sector

Canada’s electricity sector is in the throes of dramatic transformation and is creating a bounty of opportunity for Indigenous communities seeking to tap the country’s renewable energy potential, according to Lumos Clean Energy Advisors.

A national survey conducted by Lumos found 152 medium to large clean energy projects with substantive Indigenous involvement, a notable increase from just 26 projects in 2008. Indigenous ownership of the projects averages out at 25 per cent, manifesting itself through direct ownership, partnerships, impact benefit agreements, lease agreements and revenue sharing agreements, among other vehicles.

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Flooding the market

By CK Staff
Insurers warn of $1.7 trillion climate protection gap created over past decade

Only 30 per cent of the costs associated with climate-related weather events have been covered by insurance over the past 10 years, leaving the public sector and civil society with a $1.7 trillion bill.

That’s the conclusion of new research by the ClimateWise initiative, a group of 28 leading insurance firms based out of the Cambridge Institute for Sustainability Leadership. The number of natural catastrophes has increased sixfold since 1950, multiplying financial damages incurred 500 per cent up to $170 billion.

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Solid state

By CK Staff
Household appliance maker Dyson moves into electric vehicle market

British technology company Dyson will spend £2.5 billion on developing a “radically different” electric vehicle by 2020, according to an announcement by founder and chief engineer James Dyson in September.

The project will rely on the nascent technology of solid-state batteries, as opposed to the more widespread lithium-ion technology used by Tesla and other electric vehicles. Proponents of solid-state technology describe the battery packs as smaller, more powerful and easier to charge. Toyota has previously expressed interest in the technology, as has Porsche.

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