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English Research Links

These links will inform your Research Questions and Critical Thinking Questions.

Q3.1 INT – This is a very simplified explanation of how fossil fuels are extracted: Link 1 L1 

INT-US – This is a more in depth description of these fossil fuels and also what we use the fossil fuels for: Link 2 L2 


Q3.2 CAN – First off, what types of energy do we use to heat our house? Statistics Canada outlines where our energy for heating and cooling comes from and our usage. “Electricity” comes from various sources, such as hydro dams, oil, wind, etc.: Link 3 L1 

CAN – Use this link to explore the pros and cons of each form of energy; see the bar on the side to select the type of energy you wish to look at: Link 4 L1

CAN – This site gives you a comprehensive look at natural gas: Link 5 L2 


Q3.3 US – Learn the basics about “hydraulic fracturing” or fracking at: Link 6 L2

INT – Hear multiple sides of the dangers and opportunities with fracking: Link 7 L2

CAN-BC – The Wilderness Committee explains why fracking needs to stop to protect the environment and communities in Canada: Link 8 L1

CAN – Find out why communities all over Canada are concerned about fracking: Link 9 L2

CAN – Fracking’s effects on water hasn’t been properly monitored in Canada: Link 10 L1

CAN-BC – Even though Canada has different regulations about hydraulic fracturing than the USA: Link 11 L2 there is still great concern about the process, enough to have Nova Scotia ban the process; Energy Minister Andrew Younger speaks to why: Link 12 (first 5 minutes) L2


Q3.4 CAN-BC – Provided by the Government of British Columbia, the following link lists proposed LNG projects in B.C.: Link 13 L1 

CAN-BC – From Fortis BC, here’s a look at B.Cs Liquefied Natural Gas sector and the two LNG facilities operating in the province. Look under “Our facilities” and click each one to find out more: Link 14 L1


Q3.5 CAN – Great ways to keep workplace cool - also applies to homes! Link 15 L1 and warm it up! Link 16 L1 

CAN – Find out how a programmable thermostat can be one of the best ways to save energy and money: Link 17 L1

INT – Here are some easy tips that will make your home more energy efficient:
Link 18 (2:26) L1 


Local Activity Links 

These links will be needed to complete your Local Activity

CAN – BC Hydro outlines ways to keep your home cold in the summer: Link 19 L1 and warm in the winter: Link 20 L1 


Helpful Optional Links

CAN-BC – Did you know...? source: Link 21 L1

CAN – Find out if fracking is happening or proposed near you: Link 22 L1 

CAN – Fracking linked to birth defects? Link 23 L2 

INT-US – How is fracking affecting people and the environment? Well, someone made a movie about it: Link 24 (2:47) L2 and in a simpler way let’s walk through the process of “fracking” and some of its impacts: Link 25 L1 

INT-US – We rely on oil for many things, and should use it sparingly. Here is an example of some American fossil fuel stats: Link 26 (1:45) L1 

INT-CAN/US – The following are short articles on some impacts of fracking: Link 27 L1 and: Link 28 L1

INT-US – Check out this extensive Fracking Guide that includes industry process, economic benefits, regulatory bodies and environmental concerns: Link 29 L2

INT-US – Easy ways to save energy at home: Link 30 L2

INT –  This video illustrates the serious water crisis in India, in particular the heavy contamination of their rivers and water shortages throughout the country: Link 31 (4:37) L1

INT – Our use of non-renewable energy sources is actually going up: Link 32 L1

INT – Let’s take a look at what we mean by “burning fossil fuels” and understand some of the implications of that form of energy: Link 33 L1

CAN – Now take a quick look at Canada’s bitumen (crude oil) extraction, use and environmental impacts: Link 34 (2:27) L2

CAN – Watch videos from community members with a variety of backgrounds speaking on fracking: Link 35 L1


Stakeholder Links

CAN-BC – Here's a look at how the Fort Nelson First Nation is taking a stand against fracking: Stakeholder 1 L1


Current Events

INT- 2017 April 20th- PCWorld- A new Apple data center will use the excess heat from its facility to heat households: Event 1

BC – 2015 July 21st - The Tyee  “Fracking Industry has changed earthquake pattern in Northeast BC” New research by both federal and provincial scientists shows that the shale gas industry has caused more that 1000 earthquakes in Northeast BC since 2006 and changes the regions seismicity: Event 2 

INT – 2015 June 4th - Financial Post  “Canada LNG prospects have ‘darkened’, says International Energy Agency” BC has been planning large capital investment projects for LNG plants in the province, however international agencies say that there may not be as much demand as projected and the projects could never get off the ground: Event 3 

INT – 2015 June 2nd - The Network World  “Data furnaces heat homes with dispersed cloud servers. The first E-Radiators are getting installed now” We need servers to store digital information and we need to heat our homes, a Dutch company is developing an E-Radiator that could do both! Event 4

INT – 2015 May 19th - Marlborough Express  “Sun shines on solar powered home water heating” Solar powered hot water heating could help homeowners save money on monthly bills: Event 5


Liens de Recherche en Français

Ces liens informeront vos Questions de Recherche et vos Réflexions Critiques 

INT - Le chauffage et la climatisation de nos maisons utilisent beaucoup d’énergie.  Ces liens te donneront des conseils pour économiser de l’énergie. Lien 1 et Lien 2

INT – Que sont les combustibles fossiles? L1 Lien 3

INT – Qu’est-ce que la fracturation hydraulique? L1 Lien 4 


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