Emissions Reduction Alberta awards 30 million for methane reduction projects

CALGARY — Emissions Reduction Alberta has awarded $30 million to help fund 12 projects designed to tackle methane emissions in the province.ERA says the projects, which include direct reductions in the energy, cattle and forestry sectors, as well as detection and monitoring efforts, should reduce methane emissions by more than 1.1 million tonnes by 2020 and more than 6.9 million tonnes by 2030.The agency, funded by levies against heavy emitters of greenhouse gases, says the projects represent more than $83 million in total investment and will bring Alberta closer to its goal of reducing methane emissions by 45 per cent by 2025.The province has set the reduction target because the climate change impact of methane is 25 times greater than carbon dioxide over 100 years.The projects were chosen out of 118 submissions for the methane program, part of ERA’s overall role in funding climate change projects.ERA has also announced the next funding competition round, which will provide $50 million for technologies that help oilsands meet the 2030 greenhouse gas emissions limit. read more

Teen arrested for spreading hate on social media remanded

The Government placed a temporary ban on access to popular social media websites last week after social media was used to promote hate among Muslims and Buddhists, resulting in mob attacks on Muslim owned property in Kandy. A state of emergency is currently in place and the state of emergency was used to investigate social media accounts.The state of emergency was declared after violence broke out in parts of Kandy last week. Following the ban the authorities began to monitor social media and initiated action on those accused of spreading hate among communities. Radical monks led mobs to attack Muslim owned shops, homes and mosques in the Kandy area after a Sinhalese man attacked by a group of Muslim men last month had died in hospital. (Colombo Gazette) A teenager from a leading school in Colombo, who was arrested for spreading racial hatred on social media, has been remanded.The 18 year old has been remanded till March 26 by the Colombo Magistrates’ Court. read more