Energy and the environment

Explore the energy of tomorrow.


Powering our lives sustainably

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?

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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.

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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. 

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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. 

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Renewable energy: Understanding the basics

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Energy and the environment: Are our laws keeping up?

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How many batteries would it take to power the whole world?

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Do the laws of the land actually protect the land?

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Climate change in Canada's Arctic: Impacts on Inuit communities and marine ecosystems

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Can wastewater be drinking water?

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Leaving carbon behind

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Water: The importance of conservation and reuse

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More UCalgary stories


Thinning sea ice: New study shows Arctic estimates off

Long-held scientific estimates of Arctic sea ice thickness and the rate at which it’s declining have been off significantly, according to a newly published study led by the University of Calgary’s Cryosphere Climate Research Group.

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The end of pipelines?

Ian Gates describes each pebble of bitumen as resembling a liquid-filled headache capsule and, for an Alberta struggling to build pipelines, this tiny package could spell pain relief indeed.

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Studying 'wettability'

New technology developed by UCalgary geoscientists measures fluid-rock interactions on a microscopic level, which could improve extraction techniques in unconventional oil reservoirs.

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Building a better emergency app

Painstaking analysis of nearly 70,000 tweets sent out by evacuees escaping the Fort McMurray wildfire shows key concerns in a crisis aren’t being answered by current smartphone emergency apps, leaving citizens in the dark at a time of mass panic.

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How do microbes help clean up oil spills?

Genome Canada funds a collaborative research project to study the potential for bioremediation.

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Tackling microbial-induced pipeline corrosion

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

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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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Ancient groundwater is vulnerable: study

A UCalgary researcher shows that contrary to scientific belief, fossil groundwater is susceptible to modern contaminants.

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Studying oil spill preparedness

UCalgary researchers look at the legal and regulatory frameworks that govern responses to oil spills in Canada's Arctic.

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How hydraulic fracturing induces tremors

A UCalgary study could help mitigate risk and inform regulatory decisions related to fracking operations.

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Shaking up geyser theory

New research suggests that carbon dioxide plays a much larger role in eruptions than previously thought.

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Researchers working to expand rural hydro project in Ethiopia

Two Schulich researchers have their eyes set on bringing their small-scale power system to Ethiopia after success in providing electricity to a rural village in Nepal.

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Water 'fingerprints' show how quickly rain and snowmelt flow into rivers

About one-third of the water flowing in global rivers is “young water” made up of rain and snowmelt that flowed into the river in less than three months.

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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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