Features

Methan capture
Winter 2017
Governments have imposed ambitious targets to stop the emission of methane, a potent greenhouse gas, from oil and gas operations. What will it take to meet them?

Decades before climate change became an environmental crisis, Canada’s petroleum industry disposed of then-unmarketable natural gas, or methane, simply by burning it. In Alberta’s Turner Valley oilfield in the 1920s, large gas flares would light up the sky.

Bright future, Chemistry, Solar Panels
Winter 2017
Materials chemist Cheng Lu and his mentor, U of T chemistry professor Cynthia­ Goh, are helping advance­ the solar panel industry thanks to the creative­ use of photocatalysis in surface coatings.

The city of Suzhou in Jiangsu province in China lies about 100 kilometres northwest from Shanghai, China’s largest economic and trading centre.

Professor Philip Jessop of Queen’s University’s Department of Chemistry
Winter 2017
Queen's University chemistry professor Philip Jessop­ is using a switchable solute to drive a forward osmosis process for cleaning industrial wastewater.

For most of human history, fresh water was wherever we could find it. Communities were set up on flood plains...

Flight  risks
November/December 2016
As top predators in the aquatic food web, Great Lakes herring gulls are the ideal­ species­ for looking for CECs, or chemicals of emerging concern. Researchers­ like Environment and Climate Change Canada’s Robert Letcher are discovering that some of these

A herring gull colony is no place for the faint of heart...