News archive - September 2021

Friday, September 17, 2021

Opinion: Let’s manage climate risks, not disasters

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A recent op-ed in the Globe and Mail by Water Institute member Blair Feltmate, head of the Intact Centre on Climate Adaptation, and Charles Brindamour, chief executive officer of Intact Financial Corp., urges Canadians to become more climate-resilient.

Thursday, September 16, 2021

Waterloo spinoff Aquanty Inc. ranks in top 11 big data startups

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Aquanty Inc., a water resources science and technology firm specializing in predictive analytics, simulation and forecasting, research services, and IoT, was recently selected one of Waterloo, Ontario’s “top 11 big data startups and companies” by Best Startup Canada.

The top companies were selected based on their exceptional performance in innovation, growth, management and societal impact.

Tuesday, September 14, 2021

2021-22 WaterTalks Announced

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The Water Institute is pleased to announce our 2021-22 line-up of WaterTalks. Be sure to mark your calendars so you don't miss any of these fantastic speakers! Also, stay tuned for announcements of other exciting events!

Tuesday, September 7, 2021

Experts grapple with the consequences of rising water shortages and water prices on food production

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The 13th annual Agrifood Economics Congress was held last week 1-3 September in Cartagena, Spain, where agri-food economists, rural development, and environment experts gathered for the hybrid in-person and virtual event.

The mayor of Cartagena and the president of the Polytechnic University of Cartagena gave opening remarks, followed by Water Institute executive director Roy Brouwer, professor in the Department of Economics who was invited to deliver the congress’ first keynote address.

Roy’s presentation examined the relationship between water shortages, increasing costs of irrigation water and food prices, and how factors such as water shortages and environmental deterioration could further impact the cost of food production. 

Friday, September 3, 2021

Research aims to prevent deadly environmental disasters involving mine waste

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A new study co-authored by Water Institute member Stephen Evans, professor in the Department of Earth and Environmental Sciences, will help mining companies better understand the negative societal and environmental impacts of mine-waste disasters, known as tailings flows, and hopefully avoid them. 

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