New Article- The Future We Want, The UN We Need

By Robert W. Sandford,
Senior Fellow of the Centre for Hydrology and Global Water Futures Chair at United Nations University

Inter Press Service News Agency
September 24, 2020

As we reflect on this week and celebrate the United Nations’ rise in the war-ravaged world some 75 years ago, humanity is again being asked to lay the foundation for a new world.

As in 1945, we are asked to envision the world that emerges from a global catastrophe. Similarly, as well, in our post-pandemic world we will need to make not a partial but a full transformation, one in which human self-interest again aligns with planetary realities.

Such a global reset can produce universal benefits in the form of a healthier, more just, safer, kinder and more spirituality connected society.

Read this important article here.

Postponed- John Pomeroy to discuss the results of the Bow River project in Natural Resources Canada (NRCan) webinar June 3rd

Canada’s Climate Change Adaptation Platform is please to offer:

A Blueprint for Climate Change and Future Flooding: A Case Study of Calgary’s Bow and Elbow River Basins

Presenter: Dr. John Pomeroy

Wednesday, June 3, 2020, 2-3 PM (ET) 

Abstract: While increases in precipitation and temperature have been observed across Canada in the last half-century and are predicted for the future as climate change proceeds, there is still little understanding of how climate change will affect future streamflow and flooding in Canada due to the complexity of meteorological, hydrological, and water management aspects of flooding. This project modelled the historical and future changes in the flow frequencies of the Bow and Elbow river basins above Calgary to better understand how natural . processes and reservoir management contribute to river flow and flood frequency estimates and how they can be expected to change with a changing climate through the 21st C. In this webinar geared toward technical experts, Dr. John Pomeroy will present the case study and methodology for incorporating climate change into flood frequency and water supply estimates, including a blueprint for applying these lessons in river basins across Canada.

Register here.
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Climate change, pollution and urbanization threaten water in Canada

In recent years, the daily news has been flooded with stories of water woes from coast to coast to coast.

There are melting glaciers and ice sheets in northern and western Canada and lead in drinking water in the older neighbourhoods of many cities in Canada. We see toxic blue green algae threatening pets, livestock and drinking water as well as catastrophic floodsdroughts and fires.

In 2018, parts of British Columbia experienced devastating floods, followed by wildfires a couple of months later.

Our water resources are under threat from contamination, land use, urbanization and climate change. If we’re not careful, it may not be clean enough or available when we need it.

Read the full The Conversation article here. 

The world is ‘losing its cool’ with the loss of snowpacks and glaciers, posing threats to water security

The following was released by the University of Saskatchewan:

MADRID, SPAIN – At the United Nations Climate Change Conference in Madrid, Spain (COP25), University of Saskatchewan (USask) scientists are focusing attention on the world’s changing mountain snowpacks, glaciers, vegetation, and long-term effects that the thaw of snow and ice are having on the world’s freshwater and ocean water. Continue reading

CH Seminar – Bart Forman

A Monolithic Shift from the Monolith:

Towards a Smallsat Constellation Configuration for Global Snow Mass Characterization

 

Presented by:

Bart Forman

 

Associate Professor

The Deborah J. Goodings Professor in Engineering for Global Sustainability

Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering

University of Maryland

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