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Tuesday, February 13, 2018

The changing geography of the Winter Olympic and Paralympic Games in a warmer world

Paralympic skiing

Climate change is threatening the viability of both the Olympic Winter Games and the Paralympic Winter Games, according to a study by a multinational team of researchers led by the University of Waterloo. The Paralympics, co-located with the Olympic Winter Games since 1992, but traditionally held closer to spring, is particularly vulnerable to a warming climate.  

Thursday, February 8, 2018

Sixth annual World Wetlands Day celebration at University of Waterloo

World Wetlands Day logo

Friday, February 2, marked the Ecohydrology Research Group’s sixth annual World Wetlands Day (WWD) celebration at the University of Waterloo. This year’s program featured research presentations, three-minute student presentations, a student poster competition, and an evening public lecture. The symposium had over 90 registrants and was attended by researchers from various universities across southwestern Ontario as well as members of the general public. The MP of Waterloo, Bardish Chagger, even Tweeted about the event:

Thursday, February 1, 2018

Research suggests bottled water sales fueled by desire for immortality

water bottles

A fear of dying plays a role in people buying bottled water, even though they know it may not be good for them or the planet, a study from the University of Waterloo has found.

The study suggests that most bottled-water advertising campaigns target a deep psychological vulnerability in humans, compelling them to buy and consume particular products. Bottled water ads specifically trigger our most subconscious fear — driving Canadians to buy billions of litres of water annually. 

Friday, January 26, 2018

Two major avalanches linked to climate change, according to international study involving Water Institute member

A study released today in Nature Geoscience describes how climate change played a major role in the massive catastrophic collapse of two glaciers in the Tibetan Plateau in July and September 2016.

Thursday, January 25, 2018

Larry Swatuk comments on the water crisis in Cape Town, South Africa

water institute members in the media

Cape Town – a city once at the forefront of Africa's green movement – has implemented new emergency water restrictions as the sprawling metropolis prepares for the day its taps run dry.

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