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Friday, March 9, 2018

Restoring peatlands to help fight climate change

Maria Strack

One of Canada’s greatest natural resources doesn’t need mining or refining, it just needs researchers to help us leave it alone.

The true north strong and free. It’s a well-worn phrase evoking soaring mountains, verdant forests, rocky coasts and golden plains. But Canada also has a massive wet, marshy, boggy, ignored landscape known as peatlands. They may not have made it into our national anthem, but according to Water Institute member and professor in Waterloo's Department of Geography and Environmental Management, Maria Strack, they could be one of Canada’s secret weapon to fight climate change.  

Thursday, March 8, 2018

Exploring glaciers to understand climate change

Christine Dow

Glaciers can warn us about the looming dangers of climate change, but it takes a multidisciplinary scientist (with a warm jacket) to interpret the message.

Glaciers may have the reputation of moving slowly, but deep below them, unseen by humans, things are moving more quickly every day. Global warming is melting our glaciers, creating streams of icy water and slush below the surface. If this water spreads out, it can lubricate the ice above it and cause the glaciers to flow faster. While this melt and the resulting glacier flow tells scientists how fast our climate is changing, it’s up to a new breed of scientist to tell us how fast we need to act. 

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.

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