News archive - November 2020

Thursday, November 19, 2020

On World Toilet Day, Susan Elliott discusses a lack of proper sanitation as large problem

Members in the media

Water Institute member and professor in Geography and Environmental Management, Susan Elliott, brings awareness to the billions of people living without access to reliable sanitation facilities on the United NationsWorld Toilet Day.

Listen on CBC Radio.

Thursday, November 19, 2020

World Toilet Day: Why do we have to make toilets a human right?

Collapsed pit latrine on the left and Emergency pit latrine constructed with aluminum roofing sheet on the right in a dispensar

Written by Thelma Zulfawu Abu, a Queen Elizabeth  Scholar, is a PhD Candidate in Geography and Environmental Management, University of Waterloo (tzabu@uwaterloo.ca)

Monday, November 16, 2020

GTA’s workhorse wetlands are under threat - WI members collaborate on news article

Members in the media

Article written by Rebecca C. Rooney with contributors: Andrea Kirkwood and Nandita B. Basu

Driving through the Greater Toronto Area, you probably wouldn’t recognize the value of the wetlands you are passing. You might even consider them an eyesore. Sure, they have their warts. Invasive plants, scattered trash — urban development exerts stress on ecosystems.

Friday, November 13, 2020

Water Institute member measures river health using synthetic stone tracer, 'Wobblestones'

If you have spent any time walking around (or in) rivers, you will see and feel little particles like gravel under your feet. What you might not realise is that larger phenomena, like climate change and urbanization, can significantly affect the balance of these particles in a river, causing environmental degradation that can lead to failures of infrastructure like bridges and pipelines.

Friday, November 13, 2020

Q and A with the experts: COVID-19 in our wastewater – What does it tell us?

Mark Servos

Water Institute member, Professor Mark Servos, and his team have been working since early in the pandemic to develop and validate methods to detect the ruminants of SARS-CoV-2 gene fragments in wastewater.

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