Views from the Edge

Raise the Roof for Tesla’s New Solar Tiles

Tesla has recently begun taking orders for their new solar tiles, which are a game-changer for those looking to invest in alternative home energy. The design itself is innovative, with modular tiles that can cover as much or as little of the roof as desired. And since the tiles look almost exactly like regular tiles, coming in a range of styles, they can easily blend in with non-solar parts of the roof.

Things are Looking Brighter

India is well on its way to meeting the renewable energy targets set during the Paris Climate agreement. With plummeting wholesale prices of solar power reaching another record low in the country, renewable energy is continuing to undercut fossil-fuel generated power. Cheaper finance and growing investor confidence have resulted in this historic 40% drop in price thereby enhancing India’s renewable energy capacity. Even as the world’s third largest carbon polluter, the country is set to exceed renewable energy targets by 2027.

Nurturing the Next Generation

Women for Nature, a philanthropic initiative with Nature Canada, just launched the Young Nature Leaders Grant. In celebration of Canada 150, they invited young Canadians to submit projects that “celebrate the role that nature plays in Canadian culture and identity”.

Books are Getting a Buzz

The winner of the 2017 Innovations in Reading Prize was awarded last week to Barbershop Books, a program that adds a reading space to local barbershops. The initiative was started by Alvin Irby, a former kindergarten and first grade teacher, who specifically wanted young black boys to have a reading space that is fun and stress-free.

Pacific Climate Warriors are Raising a Paddle

A delegation of the Pacific Climate Warriors, a climate activist group from the Pacific Islands, are arriving in Canada today to raise a paddle. During their 9-day trip, they will tour the tar sands in Alberta, engage in public events, and meet with various Indigenous Communities in Western Canada.

Abstracting Industrial Scars

 J Henry Fair doesn’t really consider his mesmerizing aerial photographs art. He sees them as documents or intricate studies that tell a complete story about the things we take for granted on our planet.

Designing Data

Do you love data visualization as much as we do? Enjoy these ten TED-compiled Hans Rosling talks with animated statistics about the world’s population, put together after Rosling’s death in February.

Short Answers to Some Hard Questions

Wrapping your head around climate change can often feel overwhelming. Many people experience environmental apathy or even grief when trying to comprehend the enormity of the situation.

Freedom For Some, But Not All

The Guardian recently published an article called, “Freeing up the rich to exploit the poor—that’s what Trump and Brexit are about”. While the title certainly speaks for itself, the author delves into what the term “freedom” often entails. He suggests that the propaganda of freedom promised by the Trump Administration and Brexiters is really “the freedom of the very rich to exploit us”.

Waterloo to Teach the Rest of Us New Tricks

Waterloo, Ontario will begin a pilot program to turn dog waste into energy and fertilizer. Our current mode of disposing dog poop leaves municipal garbage bins up to 80% full of just doggie bags. This is a shockingly high percentage, considering how much garbage is produced every year. To address this problem, one man in Waterloo borrowed an old idea from rural life and updated it for the city. Small green receptacles will be placed in parks in Waterloo (starting with three parks for the pilot) for the special disposal of dog poop.