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CWA CRIMES
Historic CWA Prosecution:  Fiscal Year 2015; Case ID# CR 2755 
CWA violation with grand jury obstruction brings half a million in fines and restitution

WASTEWATER TREATMENT
Winner of Water Treatment Tech Challenge Aspires to Treat Oil Sands Process Water Safely
Ontario start-up JEOSAL will work on treating contaminants of concern in collaboration with U of A


UN INNOVATOR - AIR TO WATER
Water Source For Arid Regions
UN Top Innovator Kenya start-up, Majik Water, brings safe water to drought-stricken communities with air-to-water technology


UN INNOVATOR - DESALINATION
The Power Of Waves To Desalinate
UN Top Innovator Quebec start-up, Oneka Technologies is the world’s only zero-energy desalination technology


PLASTICS
A Plastic Revolution Sets Sail
Spotlighted by the UN, East African The Flipflopi Project aims to end single-use plastic and ensure all other plastics are part of a circular economy


UN INNOVATOR - WASTERWATER
Decarbonized Energy-Autonomous Wastewater Reuse
UN Top Innovator Portugal start-up ALGAESYS algae-based wastewater treatment system is powered by the sun


MINING
Santa Marta 5 Water Defenders detained in unknown condition in El Salvador, have they been disappeared by the state?


MINING
Arbitrary detention of the Santa Marta 5 Water Defenders in El Salvador
Canadian mining company entangled in Salvadoran mining controversy


RIGHTS OF NATURE
AFNQL leader confers 'personhood' status for St. Lawrence River
Interview with Quebec Grand Chief Ghislain Picard.


SPACE
CSA Announces Finalists in The Deep Space Food Challenge

RENEWABLES
Renewable Heat Solution For Heavy Industry
Calgary start-up SolarSteam uses enclosed concentrated solar technology to reduce industry emissions


UN INNOVATOR - DRINKING WATER
Creating Local Aquapreneurs
Swiss start-up Openversum provides water purification resources and education to marginalized communities


UN-INOVATOR- RAINWATER
The Internet of Things For Rainwater Reuse
Canadian company and UN Top Innovator RainGrid provides a circular solution to protect watersheds


UN INNOVATOR - PORTABLE WATER FILTRATION
UN Top Innovator Wateroam
Singapore's clean water start-up makes a global impact on disaster relief

FOREVER CHEMICALS
PFAS zapped forever
UBC engineers have developed a water treatment that removes forever chemicals safely, efficiently and for good.


PLASTIC SMOG
Research shows plumes of microplastics hovering over the ocean
Lisa M. Erdle, PhD, Director of Science and Innovation, 5 Gyres, and co-lead author of peer reviewed research


FLOOD MAPPING
Why we need a unified view of flood risk
Interview with Slobodan P. Simonovic, Professor Emeritus, Western University


UN INNOVATOR - WASTEWATER
Mumbai Start-Up Top Innovator at UN Water Conference 2023

INDRA Water's decentralized wastewater treatment recovers wastewater for reuse

FLOOD MAPPING
Why we need a unified view of flood risk
Interview with Slobodan P. Simonovic, Professor Emeritus, Western University


CLIMATE CHANGE MITIGATION
Placing Sustainable Forestry In Everyone's Hands
European start-up EcoTree drives forest restoration with unique incentive model.


RESTORATION
Restoring Degraded Marine Ecosystems
University of Hong Kong spinoff Archireef creates habitat for threatened coral reefs


PFAS and TOILET PAPER
University of Florida research points to toilet paper as a major PFAS contributor to wastewater br>Interview with Jake Thompson, Ph.D., Department of Environmental Engineering Sciences, University of Florida

WATER SECURITY
Is it time to ditch the World Wide Web and return to peer-to-peer intranet?
Interview with Dr. David Murakami Wood, Professor of Critical Surveillance and Security Studies, University of Ottawa

RESEARCH
Biochar and the elimination of PFAS in wastewater
Western University, ON, leads the world in pyrolysis technology

CARBON CAPTURE AWARD
Vancouver’s Svante Inc makes the 2023 Global Clean Tech 100 list
The company makes carbon capture and removal a reality for hard-to-decarbonize industries.

RESEARCH
Endocrine Disruptors & World-Wide Decline in Human Fertility
Alarming new research points to a 2.64% fertility decline.


CLEAN SHIPPING
Earthshot Prize Nomination Shines Light On Canadian
Veer Corporation, a "Clean Shipping Movement", has been nominated in the "Fix Our Climate" category




DEEP SPACE FOOD CHALLENGE
The Canadian Space Agency (CSA) is working with NASA on the Deep Space Food Challenge, a competition to develop new technologies to produce food for future space missions while expanding opportunities for food production on Earth. The 10 semi-finalists are listed below.

A Precision-Automated Plant Growth Environment
Ontario start-up, PeaPod Technologies Inc advances to the DSFC semi-finals with a cloud-connected space food production system


Cultivating Chlorella and Regenerating CO2 in Space
A University of Waterloo Chemical Engineering team develops a combined food growth and environmental regeneration device


Algae-Based Superfood Goes Galactic
McGill University's second DSFC semi-finalist project, the InSpira Photobioreactor transforms spirulina into an edible gel and drink


Algae's potential to close the sustainability loop in space
AlgaBloom International cultivates novel super-resistant Canadian algae for terrestrial and extra-terrestrial applications

AstroYeast
Concordia University's interdisciplinary team bioengineers yeast to create nutrient-rich delicious space food.

Black Soldier Flies could satisfy several DSFC requirements
The Outpost, an automated composting system, provides healthy food for remote communities on and off planet.


Growing vegetables, fruit, and mushrooms without soil, sunlight, or adding fresh water
University of Guelph’s Canada GOOSE (Growth Options for Outer Space Environments) Advances To Semi-Finals in the Deep Space Food Challenge


A Circular Food Solution In Space
Peterborough Company Noblegen advances to semi-finals in the Deep Space Food Challenge using human waste feedstock to create protein


McGill University's Deep Space Food Challenge semi-finalists will breed and harvest crickets to feed astronauts
Interview with Alexander Becker


Vancouver Team CANGrow moves on to semi-finals in the Canadian Space Agency's Deep Space Food Challenge
The company's Ecoation Innovative Systems, develops food technology for long-term space missions.


All space news can be found here




WASTEWATER
Breakthrough technology transforms performance and economics for industrial wastewater reuse
Boston Start-up ZwitterCo


MINING
International deep seabed mining kicks off under "secrecy agreement", the first in: Canada
WT Interview with Catherine Coumans, Ph.D. MiningWatch Canada


WASTEWATER
Breakthrough technology transforms performance and economics for industrial wastewater reuse
Boston Start-up ZwitterCo

MINING
International deep seabed mining kicks off under "secrecy agreement", the first in: Canada


SMART IRRIGATION
High Technology applied to water conservation - where it counts the most
How Lumo Ag took its smart water valve from idea to market

NASA SWOT MISSION
SWOT (Surface Water and Ocean Topography) satellite, launched on December 16, to survey all water on Earth
Interview with Jean Bergeron, Missions Scientist, Canadian Space Agency


BIOFOAM
Sustainability with repurposed forest wood-waste industries
A collaboration between Wet'suwet'en First Nation and a research team at the University of British Columbia has resulted in an innovative packaging foam made entirely from post-harvest waste wood.


INDUSTRIAL WASTEWATER
Phytoremediation: an option for persistent environmental contaminants?
Interview with Larry Green, MD, PHD


CARBON CAPTURE
Carbon tech start-Up Air Company launches sustainable aviation fuel made from captured CO2
WT Interview with Gregory Constantine, CEO, Air Company

INNER CITY YOUTH TRAINING
GREEN CITY FORCE, a sustainable training program for youths from NYC public housing
WT Interview with Joshua Owens, Director of Social Enterprise Operations Green City Force, NYC


OFF GRID
OffGridBox: An all-in-one solution providing renewable energy and clean water to remote communities
WT Interview with Bas Berends, Chief Partnership Officer, OffGridBox


PFAS
Axine EOx technology enables PFAS destruction by 99.999 per cent
Interview with WT Interview with Greg Peet, CEO, Axine Water Technologies


SHIPPING
Oceanbird - A Shipping Revolution
Swedish Technology will make it possible to power the largest ocean-going cargo vessels by harnessing the wind.

Interview with Niclas Dahl, Managing Director, Oceanbird


ROBOTICS
High school students' robotics skills inspire at the Canadian National Exhibition (CNE) in Toronto
WT interviews with Nolan S. and Evie B., Oakville Trafalgar high school, ON


FLOODS
FEMA: On updating flood maps and flooding insurance
FEMA revises and updates all floodplain areas and flood risk zones identified, delineated or established, based on an analysis of all-natural hazards affecting flood risks on a five-year cycle.


CLIMATE CHANGE
Staying ahead of the climate change curve: updating flood maps, inter-disciplinary approach and multi-agency collaboration
Interview with Dr. Sankar Arumugam, Civil and Environmental Engineering, North Carolina State University


REGREENING
Re-greening Africa To Cool Down the Planet
With only this decade to slow down climate change, Justdiggit is doing something about it.



WT WOMEN

Danielle Doggett - Named one of the most influential women of the century Building the World’s first fleet of 100% clean ocean-going container vessels


From trash to treasure - A paradigm shift
Interview with Joanne Rodriguez Founder of GreenTech Start-up, MYCOCYCLE


An interview with Diane Galusha, Author of Liquid Assets - A History of New York City’s Water System



CITY WATER

ROCHESTER
Rochester Wins The Best Tasting Drinking Water in NYS Award 2022

Interview with Geoffery Gugal, Director of the City of Rochester Bureau of Water


ALBANY
Rochester Wins Award-winning water and responsible stewardship


Interview with Joseph Coffey, Albany's Water Commissioner


POUGHKEEPSIE
How Poughkeepsie water flows to your tap
Interview with Randy Alstadt, P.E., Water Plant Administrator







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