Worth a Look

A Year of Eye-Catching Steps Forward for Renewable Energy

Driven by solar and wind, world investments in renewable energy reversed a two-year dip last year, brushing aside the challenge from sharply lower oil prices and registering a 17 percent leap over the previous year to stand at 270 billion dollars. These investments helped see an additional 103Gw of generating capacity around the world, making 2014 the best year ever for newly-installed capacity.

Courtesy of Common Dreams


Ten Things to Know About Homelessness in Canada’s North

I recently gave a presentation on homelessness in Canada’s North as part of a panel at the 2015 Annual Meeting of the Alaska Anthropological Association. My presentation was loosely based on previous research I’ve done in the Northwest Territories and the Yukon. Here are 10 things you should know about homelessness in Canada’s North.

Courtesy of Northern Public Affairs


In France, New Buildings Need Green Roofs

Green roofs or solar panels are now required on all new commercial buildings in the country of France. This is great because now buildings can have either a zero energy impact or contribute to their local environment. Rooftops on new buildings built in commercial zones in France must either be partially covered in plants or solar panels, under a law that was approved in March.

Courtesy of Things Are Good


Progressives Must 'Catch up' to Win in 2015, Says Broadbent Chief

Canadian progressives have a plan to oust Stephen Harper in the 2015 Federal Election and it is starting to come together, says the Executive Director of the Broadbent Institute, a progressive think-tank named after former federal New Democratic Party leader Ed Broadbent. Rick Smith spoke to The Tyee after the Institute's annual Progress Summit wrapped up in Ottawa, Ontario. 

Courtesy of The Tyee


That's Jokes



Does voter apathy among youth help to elect conservative governments?