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Researchers Suggest Guidelines for Recycled Water

Posted on January 5, 2017
A University of British Columbia research team has investigated the potential reuse of municipal wastewater in urban applications, provided that people don’t drink or cook with it. Engineering researchers at UBC’s Okanagan campus have developed guidelines for the microbial quality of recycled water for non-potable uses including laundry, landscape irrigation, agriculture, vehicle washing and firefighting. Greywater from laundry, dishwashing and showers, and black water from toilets can be recycled and reused provided the proposed water quality guidelines are maintained. In creating the guidelines, the study used E. coli as [...]

Advisors Sought in Protecting the Biodiversity of Inland Waters

Posted on December 23, 2016
The Government of Canada has reaffirmed its commitment to expanding its network of protected areas, including coastal and inland waters, to aide its 2020 biodiversity goals and has announced that it is seeking candidates for a National Advisory Panel on conservation and biodiversity. By 2020, the government of Canada intends to have 17 per cent of terrestrial areas and inland water, and 10 per cent of marine and coastal areas will be conserved through networks of protected areas and other area-based conservation measures. As part of this initiative, applications are now being accepted for a National Advisory Panel that will provide [...]

Cleantech Networking Site Launched

Posted on December 19, 2016
A group of cleantech professionals and entrepreneurs have launched getcleantech.com, a global hub that is disrupting the way people connect to and do business in the sector. The platform aggregates the clean technology industry, helps accelerate project adoption and financing, and matches professionals to new projects and others in their field. “The global marketplace for clean technology is now over USD $1 trillion, so it was obvious that the cleantech industry would need a dedicated networking site for innovators, experts, financiers, and tech adopters. We have now provided that,” said Gray Taylor, environmental lawyer [...]

Study Shows Canada has 10 Hectares More Freshwater than Every Other Country on Earth

Posted on December 16, 2016
Researchers from McGill University have published the most complete database of lakes to date, providing a tool to scientists that assists understanding of the impact lakes have on hydrological cycles globally. The study reveals that Canada has 8,798,000 freshwater lakes—10 hectares more than every other country on Earth combined. The research, Estimating the volume and age of water stored in global lakes using a geo-statistical approach, was published in Nature Communications in December. In the abstract, the researchers described the knowledge of lake distribution, volume, and residence as crucial in understanding the interaction [...]

EPA Releases Final Report on Hydraulic Fracturing

Posted on December 15, 2016
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has released its final report on hydraulic fracturing, which details the impact of the process on drinking water. The report, Hydraulic Fracturing for Oil and Gas: Impacts from the Hydraulic Fracturing Water Cycle on Drinking Water Resources in the United States (Final Report), outlines six major areas of impact the process can have on groundwater, primarily. Water withdrawals for hydraulic fracturing in times or areas of low water availability, particularly in areas with limited or declining groundwater resources; Spills during the handling of hydraulic fracturing fluids and chemicals [...]

Toronto Begins Resilience Initiative, Calgary, Montreal, Vancouver Next

Posted on December 14, 2016
The City of Toronto in conjunction with 100 Resilient Cities (100RC) has launched a major effort to improve Toronto's resilience to the shocks and stresses of an urban space in the 21st century. The initiative stems from Toronto's acceptance earlier this year into the 100RC Network, a global community of cities working to build urban resilience, including three other Canadian cities – Calgary, Montreal and Vancouver. More than 100 stakeholders from across city government and the private sector, non-profits, NGOs, academia, and civic groups joined Mayor Tory, City Manager Peter Wallace, and staff of the 100 Resilient Cities initiative [...]

WWF-Canada Tells Canada to Regulate Arctic Wastewater

Posted on December 12, 2016
WWF-Canada has released a statement urging Transport Canada, which is currently revising safety and pollution regulations, to officially adopt the same or stronger levels of regulations on grey water discharged in waters north of 60 degrees latitude as apply south of 60. The release stated that, although untreated grey water has similar pollution impacts as sewage, ships passing through Arctic waters in Canada are not expected to adhere to any specific regulations for dumping this harmful waste and that Transport Canada rules are much more stringent for waters below the 60th parallel. Transport Canada does have extensive regulations [...]

U of T Project will Study Microbes in Mining Wastewater

Posted on December 9, 2016
The University of Toronto has reported on one of their research projects that examines the genome of microbes living in the wastewater generated by mining operations. Led by the engineering department’s Professor Lesley Warren, Claudette MacKay-Lassonde Chiar in Mineral Engineering, the project has received $3.7 million in funding, in part, from Genome Canada and its Large Scale Applied Research Projects (LSARP). “These wastewaters contain a variety of sulphur compounds that certain bacteria can use for energy,” said Warren in an article posted on the university’s website. “Their ability to do so evolved billions of years [...]

Canadian Arctic Scientist Awarded Weston Family Prize for Lifetime Achievement in Northern Research

Posted on December 7, 2016
Canadian Arctic scientist, Dr. John England, joins prestigious ranks, today accepting the Weston Family Prize for Lifetime Achievement in Northern Research. England is a well-known advocate for the importance of northern science and value of the Canadian Arctic landscape. His work has captured 18,000 years of glacial and sea level history extending to the modern day. Dr. England was presented with the $50,000 Prize today at ArcticNet's 2016 Annual Scientific Meeting, the largest annual gathering of Arctic researchers in Canada, held this year in Winnipeg.  In addition to the $50,000 Prize, this year The W. Garfield Weston Foundation [...]

Study Identifies Weaknesses in Canada's Cleantech Financing Chain

Posted on December 6, 2016
A new study released today by Sustainable Development Technology Canada (SDTC) and Cycle Capital Management, in collaboration with Écotech Québec, sheds light on some of the struggles encountered by Canada's cleantech sector. The study entitled, Forging a Cleaner and More Innovative Economy in Canada, examines the current challenges of the financing chain to foster innovation in Canada’s cleantech sector. The report focuses on the key segments of the financing chain for innovative cleantech companies: deal flow generation initiated by patenting for commercialization purposes; seed and early stage financing and scale up financing [...]
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