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Can we extract hydrocarbons more responsibly and efficiently? When can we transition to renewable energy sources? How do we protect our natural resources for future generations? These are the questions we explore in our quest to strike a balance between energy generation and environmental stewardship.
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Arctic climate
Carbon and the North

The effects of climate change can be seen clearly in the Canadian Arctic, earlier and more intensely than in other places. What can we learn?

Petroleum supplies are non-renewable, but UCalgary researchers are working on ways to get the most out of remaining reserves.
Energy innovations

Making more with less

As worldwide petroleum supplies dwindle, it's crucial to ensure we get the most out of the reserves that remain. 

Evolving ecosystems
The biology of climate change

A changing climate has broad, often unexpected effects on the Earth’s vast biological systems. Some species can adapt, while others face extinction. 

Increased energy development presents unique legal challenges. UCalgary researchers study ways for environmental law to keep up.
Regulating development

Energy, environment and the law

As energy development reaches more and more unconventional locations and we explore more ways to get product to market, it can be challenging for the law to keep up. 

UCalgary researchers are working on solutions for storing renewable energy for later use.
Renewable energy

The future of fuel

As the world moves away from reliance on fossil fuels, finding renewable energy sources that can meet the world's demands is more challenging than ever. 

Energy and ecosystems
Seeking a sustainable future

In our quest for energy, we've stretched many of our planet's systems to the breaking point. UCalgary researchers study ways to protect ecosystems and ensure we leave a healthy planet for future generations.

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How do microbes help clean up oil spills?

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Tackling microbial-induced pipeline corrosion

A collaborative research project funded by the federal government aims to study pipeline degradation.

A safer, cheaper generation of consumer batteries

UCalgary researchers create a compound for a new type of organic, non-toxic battery. 

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Studying oil spill preparedness

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How hydraulic fracturing induces tremors

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The where and when of grizzly bear food

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Renewable energy and environmental health: Exploring the Indigenous approach

As Indigenous communities become leaders in renewable energy, UCalgary researchers study the links between traditional and modern approaches.

MyHEAT: Keeping heat in and costs down

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Chemists reshape the future of solar power and battery efficiency

Imagine a world of solar clothes and solar-powered tents — Greg Welch's lab creates the molecular building blocks.


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