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Biodegradable menstrual pads could be an answer to single-use plastic ban.

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August
2019

Every year, millions of plastic-lined feminine hygiene products wind up in Canadian landfills, destined to decompose over hundreds of years. 

But a small startup led by University of Alberta students wants to change that with a hemp-based menstrual pad that biodegrades in just six months. 

Nicole Sanchez is a fourth-year business student and project manager for Hempact, which won a $10,000 campus competition this spring and has been honing its pitch at competitions and venture capitalist panels ever since. And with the federal government hoping to eliminate select single-use plastics by 2021, Hempact could be ready for market a year before the plan goes into effect. 

“I think our timing is really, really good,” said Sanchez. “It’s definitely good that government is aware of plastic waste.”

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August
2019
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Plant-based alternatives won’t replace meat anytime soon, say experts

Products like Beyond Meat are making a big splash in the market and the media, but changing eating habits will take longer, study shows.

Despite the increasing popularity of plant-based protein alternatives like Beyond Meat hamburgers, a new U of A study suggests that changing attitudes about meat consumption in many western nations
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July
2019
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U of A researcher uses canola to create biodegradable cling wrap

Cellulose fibres created from leftover plant straw could open new markets for Canadian canola.

A University of Alberta researcher has found a new use for a canola byproduct, providing potential for diverse markets beyond China.  Canola straw—the fibrous stalk left in the field after the
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July
2019
| 14:00 America/Tegucigalpa

Newly discovered cattle genes could be keys to more sustainable beef industry

U of A researchers pinpoint 19 genes linked with feed efficiency, which could help reduce carbon footprint of cattle farming.

A newly discovered series of genes related to feed efficiency could pave the way to making cattle farming cheaper and more sustainable, according to a new study by University of Alberta
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July
2019
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Community energy big renewable opportunity for rural Canada

U of A project could inspire municipalities, landowners and Indigenous communities.

Rural Canadian communities aren’t usually at the centre of conversations about renewable energy, but a University of Alberta environmental sociologist is hoping to help change that. John Parkins
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July
2019
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‘Last chance tourism’ an opportunity to educate people about climate change, study suggests

Visits to disappearing glaciers often motivated by desire to learn how humans are affecting the environment, U of A researcher finds.

In the early morning of Aug. 10, 2012, more than half of Jasper National Park’s Ghost Glacier broke free and crashed into Edith Cavell Pond. The ensuing tidal wave of snow and ice levelled most of
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June
2019
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PhD studies pay off for most graduates, new study shows

Jump in doctoral graduates over past decade offers opportunity for “brain gain” in Canada’s post-secondary sector and beyond.

Grad school might be fear-inducing, given the online proliferation of horror stories of research gone wrong. But for most PhD students at the University of Alberta, the long hours, gruelling
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June
2019
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Design grad weaves Indigenous culture into successful fashion company

LUXX founder Derek Jagodzinsky hopes to inspire others through his passion for designing culturally aware clothes.

Indigenous clothing designer Derek Jagodzinsky wants to fashion his newest University of Alberta degree into an inspiration for others. Graduating next week with a master of design is just the
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May
2019
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Local food community joining forces to meet increasing demand

Collaboration more effective than competition among local food stakeholders looking to scale up distribution, U of A researcher finds.

A collaborative initiative among local food stakeholders could help address the growing consumer demand for local food in Alberta, according to new research from the University of
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May
2019
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City of Edmonton team lauded for connecting university talent with municipal work experience

Outreach team works with 60 post-secondary schools and employers to help students gain work experience and reduce employment barriers.

The City of Edmonton comes by its commitment to connecting University of Alberta students with careers and future opportunities honestly. “Building employment partnerships with post-secondary
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April
2019
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Theology-turned-forestry student branches out to run thriving tree business

Tree Ninja founder Benoit Boudreau combined the values he cultivated in seminary school with his passion for nature to build a successful company while pursuing full-time studies.

When Benoit Boudreau was training to become a priest in Mission, B.C., he deepened his passion for trees. The grounds of the 150-acre Seminary of Christ the King were covered in old-growth forest,
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April
2019
| 01:19 America/Tegucigalpa

COMMENTARY || Why cleaning up Alberta's orphaned wells should be a top election issue

Inactive wells are posing health and safety risks and lowering land values, say experts who add the $260-billion problem will only grow if not addressed now.

There’s something missing from our election debate—and in sheer dollars, it may be the biggest single issue that has ever faced this province. Last fall, a groundbreaking investigation revealed