News archive - August 2023

Thursday, August 24, 2023

Meet the Society of the Water Institute Graduate Students (SWIGS) incoming executive committee

SWIGS executive

The Society of the Water Institute Graduate Students (SWIGS) are preparing for a new term filled with the best-in-class educational workshops, networking opportunities, social events, writing cafés, and community outreach activities they have become known for.

Annual elections for the new 2023-24 SWIGS executive committee were held in July and the results are in!

Join us in welcoming the incoming SWIGS executive team:

Tuesday, August 22, 2023

In the Media: Ecuadorians vote to stop oil drilling in the Amazon rainforest

An advertisement against the halting of the exploitation of crude oil in an important block of the Yasuni National Park is seen

Resource economist and Water Institute executive director Dr. Roy Brouwer shares his expertise on the economic value of the Amazon rainforest and the recent vote by Ecuadorians to stop oil drilling with Time Magazine.

Ecuadorians voted on Sunday to stop an oil-drilling project in the Yasuni region of the Amazon with 59% voting yes on a proposition that will end the practice.

Dr. Roy Brouwer, a resource economist and executive director of the Water Institute at the University of Waterloo, who conducted a study on the economic value of the Amazon rainforest, says that Indigenous populations tend to place an extremely high value on the environmental sanctity of the forest. 

“They've lived in the Amazon for 11,000 years. How are you going to compensate these people by taking away their livelihood, cutting the forest and having them move out of the area where they live for 11,000 years? There's no monetary compensation for that.”

Read the full article in Time here.

Tuesday, August 15, 2023

Women RISE research initiative is exploring the impact of the pandemic on women’s work and health

Susan Elliott

Water Institute member Dr. Susan Elliott, Professor and University Research Chair in Medical Geography talks about the Women Rise Together Across the Life Course (Write-life) project.

Around the world, women and girls have disproportionately suffered from the socio-economic impacts of COVID-19. Women have borne the brunt of layoffs and loss of livelihoods, sacrificed their own health at the frontlines of the pandemic response and disproportionately shouldered the burden of the additional caregiving associated with COVID-19.

Monday, August 14, 2023

Bikes and Blues festival uses cycling to build community and collaborative science in the Upper Grand

Bikes and blues Festival

There are over two billion bikes in the world, and an equivalent number of people without safe drinking water. The leaders of a new University of Waterloo initiative, Water Cycles Expeditions, believe the connection between water and cycling is more than a mere coincidence. Next month, all are invited to join the Water Cycles Bikes and Blues Festival, held in Belwood, ON on September 9th to explore how cycling can reconnect people and water and help to empower communities to understand and address local water challenges.

Friday, August 11, 2023

Collaborative research to advance sustainability

Simakov lab

Professor David Simakov is developing innovative technologies to solve complex environmental challenges

By Nicola Kelly, Faculty of Engineering

David Simakov, a professor in the Department of Chemical Engineering, is actively engaged in two bold interdisciplinary collaborations with Canadian and international partners to advance UN Sustainable Development Goals. These initiatives are focused on two areas: affordable clean energy and clean water. Simakov’s research focuses on the conversion of CO2 into renewable synthetic fuels and sustainable hydrogen generation.  

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