Journalism

Using underwater balloons to store energy

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Originally published in Clean Capital. Using underwater balloons to store energy By Jenny Tan November 26, 2015 In the depths of Lake Ontario, giant underwater balloons are set to store some of Toronto’s excess energy. Toronto-based Hydrostor activated what it claims is the world’s first underwater compressed air energy storage system last week. The system […]

Journalism

Payday lenders popping up in BC

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Payday lenders are a problem. This Walrus article made me blink. I’ve always imagined predatory lending to be a more-or-less foreign issue with only minor Canadian implications. Not so much. Here’s a geographical look of the extent of payday lenders in BC, divided by opening date. We’ve seen a steady increase of payday loan retailers over the […]

Climate communication

The deal with us and oil prices

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The environment-economy dichotomy dominates all climate discussions. That’s where my interest lies – let’s whip out the magnifying glass and probe this dichotomy. I like hiking. I also like warm showers and nights in the city. Pick one, but not both, because you can’t have both. Or so they say. I picked up a copy […]