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Perplexed over plastic
The convenience and cheapness of plastics has caused these versatile polymers to become a major ecological hazard, one that Canadian researchers are now struggling to solve
Better blood lines
Canada’s tainted blood crisis of the 1980s and 1990s not only led to major improvements in the way this vital medical resource is secured and distributed, it created research infrastructure that is dramatically improving the blood products available to Canadians.
A ray of hope in the Arctic
Longstanding efforts to reduce the level of persistent organic pollutants (POPs) are starting to yield results that can be seen in the world’s Arctic regions, which will be welcomed by local inhabitants as well as anyone hoping for the success of such measures.
As a far more potent greenhouse gas than carbon dioxide, methane has emerged as a primary target in efforts to mitigate this change in atmospheric chemistry. New work is revealing that tackling methane is also a highly cost-effective means of meeting carbon emission standards.
Despite the 2017 ratification of a global treaty to reduce the presence of mercury in the environment, researchers still have much to learn about the transport of this elusive toxin and how it can be prevented.
Under new management
Since 2011 the Experimental Lakes Area, a unique environmental chemistry research site in northwestern Ontario, has been operating in a new and more innovative way under the administration of an international agency rather than the federal government that launched the facility in the 1960s.
Photons meet perovskites
Perovskite crystals are starting to emerge as key agents for specialized applications such as photovoltaic cells, and a growing cohort of work is now exploring how to employ this material, and above all, how to produce it economically.
Despite major advancements in pharmaceutical production, the price of insulin remains stubbornly high. Now independent investigators are looking at the possibility of putting high tech tools in the hands of the people who need this life-saving compound, enabling them to create insulin for themselves.
In what may become a planet-wide chemistry experiment, the increasing acidification of the world’s oceans is expected to alter this massive ecosystem. Canadian researchers are at the forefront of taking stock of the potential consequences.
Perched in a vibrant marine locale, the humble provincial capital of Charlottetown is a hotbed of research and development activity dedicated to finding new ways of employing the ocean’s resources. With 54 companies employing some 1,600 people and generating more than $200 million in revenue each year, the PEI BioAlliance is carving out new markets from its strategic island location.
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