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Tuesday, March 21, 2023

New report for the Heart & Stroke authored by Environment professor

Pop cans.

Dr. Leia Minaker, professor in the School of Planning, details how food and beverage companies employ dozens of tactics to market their products directly to children.

Monday, March 20, 2023

Urgent climate action can secure a livable future for all

Sixth Assessment Report Synthesis Report Cover.

The leading world body for the assessment of climate change, the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC), has released their final installment of the Sixth Assessment Report. It indicates there are multiple, feasible and effective options to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and adapt to human-caused climate change, but we must act now. This work is the result of the efforts of hundreds of scientists and experts who have contributed as IPCC authors and assessed thousands of scientific papers, including Dr. Sarah Burch, Dr. Susan Elliott, Dr. Luna Khirfan, Dr. Linda Mortsch and Dr. Michelle Rutty from the Faculty of Environment.

Monday, August 22, 2022

Vulnerable communities face a higher risk of socio-economic injustice due to flood hazards

Aerial view of a flooded community

Socially vulnerable groups are at greater risk from climate-change-caused flooding because of systemic disadvantages, according to a new study. The study also reveals that neighbourhood-level racial or ethnic, economic, social, and demographic factors play a significant explanatory role in the distribution of flood risk across Canadian neighbourhoods.

Thursday, August 18, 2022

Study confirms that speculation taxes are not an effective tool in curbing house prices

Residential housin units in a neighbourhood

As the Ontario housing market enters a potentially volatile phase, new research from the University of Waterloo shows how tax policy has proven ineffective in controlling prices.

Thursday, August 11, 2022

Stormwater management ponds may not hold the solution for depleting wetlands

Aerial view of stormwater management ponds

Relying on stormwater management (SWM) ponds to restore the depleting wetlands is not sustainable and lacks the critical ecosystem services vital for biodiversity, a new study found.

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