IC3 Member, Jason Thistlethwaite, joins fellow climate scientists on The Agenda with Steve Paikin to discuss the psychological impacts of studying climate change. Jason shares his expert opinion on the emotional toll of climate change research, the solutions to mitigate climate anxiety, and how to cope and feel empowered to take action.
In December 2018, IC3 and the Univeristy of Waterloo sent six students to the 24th Session of the Conference of the Parties (“COP24”) to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC). COP24 was held in Katowice, Poland, bringing togeher international leaders to discuss climate change and the next steps in implementing the Paris Agreement.
The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change has issued a special report on the impacts of global warming of 1.5°C. The IPCC, a group of scientists convened by the United Nations to guide world leaders, explores the detrimental impacts of climate change on the world, such as food shortages, increase in wildfires and a mass die-off of coral reefs, which could take place as soon as 2040.
Of all extreme weather events in Canada, flooding is currently the costliest, causing millions of dollars in property damage. Nonetheless, the impact of basement flooding on the mental health and lost time from work of impacted homeowners has been only superficially explored, until now.
Wild Weather Talks and Roundtable: Our Changing Climate
The Waterloo Region Museum is hosting a special presentation and roundtable discussion about climate change in the Region of Waterloo and across the globe. The Roundtable discussion will take place on March 22nd at the Waterloo Region Museum.
The impacts of climate change are seen across the globe and are increasingly affecting our economies and societies. Adaptation to climate change is and will continue to be one of the greatest policy challenges facing the Canadian government. Despite existing knowledge on climate change impacts and adaptation, understanding the future of climate change is a complex and on-going process with many gaps existing in the body of academic, government, and other policy-relevant publications.
Studies led by the University of Waterloo, with a group of multinational researchers, have identified that climate change is threatening the future of the Olympic and Paralympic Winter Games. Temperatures are rising with the increase of global green house gas emissions, affecting the ability to reliably host the winter games across the globe. The average February daytime temperature of the Olympic Winter Games locations is steadily increasing - from 0.48C in the 1920–1950s, to 3.18C in the 1960–1990s, to 7.88C in games held in the twenty-first century - intensifying the need for weather risk management strategies.