A recent study led by the Interdisciplinary Centre on Climate Change (IC3) and Partners for Action (P4A) at the University of Waterloo demonstrates that, although the risk of floods may be on the rise, risk awareness from homeowners is lacking.
The researchers surveyed 2,300 Canadian households and found that in general, Canadians are not aware of their flood risks and are unprepared for flooding events.
Due to the growing number of costly and severe flooding events in communities across Canada, the Standards Council of Canada (SCC) and the Intact Centre on Climate Adaptation (Intact Centre - University of Waterloo), have announced a joint effort to develop a new report on nationally applicable best practices for flood-resilient greenfield community design.
The Record recently featured an article on Elizabeth English, an associate professor at the University of Waterloo, who is leading a team of researchers on a project to help manage flood-prone areas of the Grand River.
Thomas Homer-Dixon isa professor in the Balsillie School of International Affairs and the faculty of environment at the University of Waterloo.
Those of us concerned about climate change generally inhabit an old-fashioned reality-based world. Scientific research and evidence drive our concern. Although we wish the climate problem would vanish – because, among other things, we want our kids and grandkids to have a safe future – that motivation doesn’t override what science tells us. And science tells us that climate change is a grave threat to humanity.
ArcticNet is a Network of Centres of Excellence of Canada with a mandate to “bring together scientists and managers in the natural, human health, and social sciences with their partners from Inuit organizations, northern communities, federal and provincial agencies, and the private sector to study the impacts of climate change and modernization in the coastal Canadian Arctic.” It recently hosted its 12th Annual Scientific Meeting (ASM) from December 5th to 9th in Winnipeg, Manitoba.
From November 7th to 18th, 2016, six University of Waterloo students from the Faculties of Science, Engineering, Arts and Environment joined world leaders in Marrakech, Morocco for the "COP22" United Nations Climate Summit. While there, the students observed negotiations on how the Paris Agreement will be implemented, learned about the challenges faced in different countries and communities, met individuals from all over the world, and experienced the power of youth dedicated to ensuring a sustainable global future.
Thanks to a dedicated "home team" of student volunteers, individuals in Waterloo got in on the action too.
Through her research, IC3 member Rebecca Saari is providing the public with information that can lead to real, observable change. With a broad scope of interests ranging from air pollution, greenhouse gases, and trade to environmental inequality, she is doing her part in the fight against climate change.
Bridging the gap between science and policy is an important process that requires constant refining and examination. Heather Douglas, with a background in the history and philosophy of science, and Elizabeth Atkinson, with a background in federal policy, are striving to build connections between the two worlds through their work at UWaterloo.