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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, March 8, 2018

Canada's forests vital to our national drinking water security

Water Institute member explains how and why during 40th annual Forest Industry  Lecture

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.

Tuesday, February 27, 2018

Helping citizen scientists advance research on climate change by documenting changes in the Far North

Written by Christian Aagaard

Ellsworth LeDrew has a scene on his mind.

A party of Inuit hunters sets out from a settlement. One of them stops, pulls out a smart phone and snaps a picture of a crack in the shore ice that affects his route.

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.

Tuesday, February 20, 2018

Helping tourism-dependent communities cope with climate change

Water Institute member Daniel Scott see tourism as both a victim of – and contributor to – climate change.

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.  

Monday, February 12, 2018

Blair Feltmate presents to the Standing Senate Committee on Energy, the Environment and Natural Resources

On February 8, Water Institute member Blair Feltmate, head of the Intact Centre for Climate Adaptation, was a witness to the Standing Senate Committee on Energy, the Environment and Natural Resources discussion of a study on the effects of transitioning to a low carbon economy. The study looks at five key sectors responsible for 80 per cent of our emissions: electricity, oil and gas, transportation, buildings and trade-exposed industries, and how they can contribute to meeting Canada's emission goals.

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