Wednesday, May 17, 2017

Canadian Voices on Changing Flood Risk: Findings from a National Survey

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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.

Key Findings from the report:

Friday, March 31, 2017

Experts Combat Community Flooding, Canada’s Costliest Extreme Weather Challenge

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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.

Monday, February 20, 2017

A local solution to a global flooding problem

Elizabeth English

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.

Wednesday, January 11, 2017

Thomas Homer-Dixon: Canada must not give up the fight on climate change

Thomas Homer-Dixon

The Globe and Mail, January 2nd, 2017


Thomas Homer-Dixon is a 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.

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