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Global tourism accounts for 8% of total worldwide greenhouse gas emissions, four times more than previously believed, new research says.

Some gases, including carbon dioxide and methane, trap heat in the atmosphere, producing a "greenhouse effect," and so make the planet warmer. The amount of greenhouse gases released by a particular activity is referred to as its "carbon footprint."

Friday, June 27, 2014

GEM Award Winner

The Department of Geography and Environmental Management is very pleased to announce that Amelia Snow is this year's recipient of the Canadian Association of Geographer's Award. This award is granted annually to the most outstanding students graduating in Geography honours/majors programmes at universities or colleges across Canada. Congratulations Amelia!

Aaron Thompson, a masters student in our department, was the winner of the Campbell Scientific Canada Award ($500) at the 71st Annual Eastern Snow Conference, held in North Carolina last week. This competitive award is presented to the author of a paper submitted by a Canadian student demonstrating the most innovative use of technology in the gathering of data.

The Department of Geography and Environmental Management is very pleased to announce that Andrei Balulescu, a masters student in our department, has been selected to receive the Lorne Russwurm Award for Outstanding Performance as a TA in the 2013-14 academic year. 

At the recent CAG Annual Meeting, Francesca Cardwell, a Ph.D. candidate from the Department of Geography and Environmental Management, received the Student Presentation Award from the Geography of Health and Health Care Specialty Group.

We are seeking two PhD students with deep interests in geography, computer science, statistics, ecosystem modelling, or agent-based modelling to join our research team and model the ecological impacts of land use and land cover change. Please see the project summary on the Robinson Spatial Analysis Lab website for more information.

The Weather and Society study group is pleased to announce the Winter 2014 issue of the "Weather and Society Advisor" newsletter.  This latest issue of the Advisor takes a look at several winter storms that occurred this season, as well as the December 2013 ice storm that impacted the Waterloo region.

Shifting climates (drought, wildfire, insects/disease) along with cumulative disturbance pressures are exerting increasing pressure on headwaters forested regions that supply water and water associated ecosystem services to extensive regions of North America.