News archive - 2019

Monday, July 22, 2019

The sea is consuming Jakarta, and its people aren't insured

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JAKARTA IS SINKING, and at the worst possible time. As sea levels creep higher, the coastal megalopolis continues to pump too much water from its underlying aquifers, causing the land to collapse by almost a foot a year in some places.

Thursday, July 18, 2019

Water Institute Executive Director awarded SSHRC funding for “Payments for wetland ecosystem services as a nature-based solution to sustainably manage urbanized watersheds" project

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Roy Brouwer, Executive Director of the Water Institute and Professor of Economics, has been awarded a new Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council (SSHRC) Partnership Development Grant. The funding was recently announced by the Honourable Kirsty Duncan, Minister of Science and Sport, and will support

Wednesday, July 17, 2019

Water Institute researcher awarded funds to study antimicrobial resistance

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Water Institute member and Professor in the Department of Biology, Brian Dixon has received a $2.1 million grant to help address the emerging global threat of antimicrobial resistance.

Tuesday, July 16, 2019

Luxury bottled water is absurd – so why is it so popular?

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People pay top dollar for ‘premium’ brands indistinguishable in blind taste tests from tap water – is it about status, wellness or something more fundamental?

Last year, judges at the 28th International Berkeley Springs WaterTasting competition deemed the best bottled water in the world to be an Australian brand “infused with the sound frequencies of love, the moon, and light spectrums of the rainbow”.

Monday, July 15, 2019

AI could better predict climate change impacts, some experts believe

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Artificial Intelligence is used to track patterns that could help tackle climate change challenges

All signs point toward a future affected by climate change. 

From higher temperatures to droughts and more extreme weather, experts are searching for ways to sustain our growing population, as well as our planet. 

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