Over the past 50 years, human activity has warmed our planet. We are already seeing the effects today in widely shifting patterns in climate. How can we sustain our future?

Similar to natural cycles of growth, new kinds of buildings could repair and renew themselves. The skins of new architecture can help to renew the environment by capturing carbon and generating fresh air and renewable energy.

Waterloo Impact

clothes in a washing machine

We are drinking our clothes

A Waterloo startup has developed a solution for keeping microfibre pollutants out of our water

Black hole

Unmasking a monster

The historic first image of a black hole is just the beginning of a journey into the unknown

smart tablet controller

Smart home technology needs smart energy users

Waterloo researcher is helping families adopt smart technology and smart practices for sustainable living

Hurricane

Navigating the new normal

One global issue, four approaches to address it. Waterloo researchers weigh in on how to stem catastrophic climate change

Two images photoshopped together of Melanie Goodchild and the earth from space

A bridge between Indigenous knowledge and NASA

Waterloo researcher will use geospatial data and Indigenous knowledge systems to reduce climate change vulnerability for First Nations communities

Cosmic map


Scientists create image of the cosmic web that links galaxies

Composite image confirms predictions that galaxies across the universe aren’t isolated like islands in space, but are linked together through a web of enormous filaments

Flooded street

Data-driven 3D maps that inform homeowners of flood risks

Waterloo researchers are developing the first national climate change flood-risk map to empower Canadians who are living in high flood-risk areas

Water pipes

Artificial intelligence helps water utilities make decisions

As climate change ushers in more intense storms, Waterloo startup EMAGIN uses AI for more accurate and timely information that saves money and water

Water testing

Human and natural pressures on our water quality

The dams we build are impacting ecosystems such as wetlands, lakes, floodplains and coastal marine areas

Kayla Hardie with device

Solar energy for remote communities around the world

Waterloo undergrad develops a micro-utility prototype that can used to power everything from cell phones to solar lanterns

Kluane National Park

Satellite images show loss of polar ice over 10-year period

Animated GIFs of shrinking Antarctic ice help people understand the impact of climate change. One ice shelf has lost the equivalent area of Prince Edward Island.

yellow bikes

The slow road through climate change

Breakthroughs in big data, alternative fuels and energy storage offer hope for a sustainable future. But the real challenge is social and political – not technical.

16 of the 17warmest years on record have occurred since 2001WORLD BANK
Climate change may push more than100 million people into extreme poverty by 2030NASA
3.3 Millimetresaverage annual global sea level riseNASA

 
 

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