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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. 

Wednesday, February 28, 2018

Water Institute member receives Lifetime Achievement Award

Distinguished Professor Emeritus Don Cowan and Emeritus Ric Holt among six nationally honoured recipients.

Thursday, February 22, 2018

Water Institute member takes a closer look at climate change

As the world scrambles to adapt to extreme weather, one researcher looks deeper into what’s working, what’s not, and how we can better plan for sustainable urban futures.

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. 

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