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Election workers count votes by the light of candles and a kerosene lamp at a polling station without electricity in the Yoff neighborhood of Dakar, Senegal in 2007. (AP Photo/Rebecca Blackwell)

Empowering the powerless: Let’s end energy poverty

Distributed-energy technologies are a disruptive force that can improve the quality of life for the world's most disadvantaged and poor.
U.S. Navy ships operate in formation in the South China Sea. (U.S. Navy)

Davos oblivious to one of free trade’s gravest threats

China's actions in the South China Sea are getting scant attention at Davos. But if the Chinese set a precedent for other rogue nations, there will be a profound impact on global free trade.
North Koreans cheer in this November 2017 as they watch a news broadcast announcing Kim Jong-un’s order to test-fire the inter-continental ballistic missile Hwasong-15 at the Pyongyang Train Station in Pyongyang, North Korea. (AP Photo/Jon Chol Jin)

The case for using military force against North Korea

Military options should, and must, be on the table if diplomacy fails to compel North Korea to de-nuclearize.
Canada’s NAFTA strategy is in big trouble. Prime Minister Justin Trudeau is seen here meeting with U.S. President Donald Trump in the Oval Office of the White House in February 2017. (THE CANADIAN PRESS/Sean Kilpatrick)

Rebooting Canada’s failed NAFTA strategy

Instead of treating the Trump administration as a campaign adversary, Canada needs to start working with the United States to renegotiate a NAFTA that serves both countries, not regimes like China.
Blockchain technologies could help homeowners sell their green electricity to their neighbours. (Shutterstock)

How blockchain can democratize green power

Blockchain technology could be applied to our energy grids to make them smarter, and turn energy consumers into producers.
The coal-fired Plant Scherer, one of the top carbon dioxide emitters in the United States, stands in the distance in Juliette, Ga. (AP Photo/Branden Camp)

Green bonds are taking off – and could help save the planet

In the age of climate change, investors have different ideas about financial risk. Green bonds take social, environmental and governance issues into consideration, and could help fight climate change.
A polar bear walks over sea ice floating in the Victoria Strait in the Canadian Arctic Archipelago in July 2017. Research suggests that divesting in fossil fuels could help nations meet their climate change goals. (AP Photo/David Goldman, file)

How divesting of fossil fuels could help save the planet

Fossil fuel divestment apparently works. Research suggests announcements of divestments have a significant impact on the fossil fuel industry's share prices.
The Justice League should be a sum of its parts but the question remains: Who is the protagonist? From left: Cyborg, Flash, Batman, Wonder Woman, Aquaman. (Handout)

A team divided: Who is the hero of Justice League?

The reviews are coming in pretty harsh for Justice League. If Superman is awesome and Batman is awesome and Wonder Woman is awesome, shouldn’t the three of them together be thrice as awesome?
Many homes in remote Indigenous communities rely on wood or diesel for heating. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Adrian Wyld

Clean energy can advance Indigenous reconciliation

More than 200 remote communities in Canada rely on diesel fuel for energy. Cleaner options could fuel a better quality of life.
Fire crews douse derailed tanker cars carrying crude oil in downtown Lac-Mégantic, Que., in this July 6, 2013, file photo. A trial is now underway for three former railway employees charged in connection with the fatal train derailment. (THE CANADIAN PRESS/Paul Chiasson)

Technology to prevent rail disasters is in our hands

As the Lac Mégantic rail disaster trial begins, here’s how technology can help prevent a repeat of the tragedy that killed 47 people.
Solar technicians inspect panels at a Pacific Gas and Electric Solar Plant, in Dixon, Calif. in this file photo. (AP Photo/Rich Pedroncelli)

Solar power alone won’t solve energy or climate needs

Amid news that solar power capacity will outstrip nuclear by 2018, what do those assertions really mean?
Election posters in Frankfurt tout German Chancellor Angela Merkel and request votes for her CDU party. German elections will be held on Sunday but, as usual, the action begins after the race is over. The slogan reads “Successful for Germany” (AP Photo/Michael Probst)

German elections could bring a new wave of extremism

German elections are typically tame. Jockeying for power takes place later, in negotiations for a coalition government. Could the xenophobic Alternative for Germany form the opposition?
An orange flag with the traditional Indian swastika on top of ancient Hindu temples in the Himalayas. (Shutterstock)

How Nazis twisted the swastika into a symbol of hate

The swastika, an ancient and innocent symbol in many cultures for hundreds of years, now represents racial hatred. Should the swastika be banned in North America as it is in Germany?
Social connections at camp can help build your child’s social network. (Shutterstock)

Summer camp: How to help your child make the most of it

With summer in full swing and kids flocking to camps across Canada, how do you assess whether your child's having a good experience? Some suggestions on how to evaluate what will work for your child.
This wood tower on Bikeman islet, in the central Pacific island nation of Kiribati, used to be on the sand. Now it’s in the water. Further out, locals fish. David Gray/Reuters

Rising sea temperatures will hit fisheries and communities in poor countries the hardest

A new study finds that even in best-case scenarios, the fishing communities most hurt by climate change are on small island nations such as Kiribati, the Solomon Islands and the Maldives.
A technician checks a smart meter data in this file photo. Research suggests the technology fails to affect consumer behaviour. (AP Photo/Toby Talbot)

Are smart meters delivering on their promise?

Data suggests a smart-meter plan to shift electricity use to off-peak hours has had almost no impact.

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