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FREE CYBERSECURITY TRAINING FOR BUSINESSES AND INDIVIDUALS
www.cyber101.com is a new platform launched by two Montreal-based entrepreneurs combining their respective expertise in cybersecurity and animation video.


CARBON REMOVAL - AS NATURE INTENDED
German-Brazilian based start-up InPlanet is removing carbon while regenerating tropical soils with Enhanced Rock Weathering



AVATAR AND SCHMIDT OCEAN INSTITUTEBOTH USED ADAM'S CAMERA FOR THEIR DEEPSEA SHOOTS
MEET ADAM GOBI


GETTING THE LEAD OUT
Canadian Smart Home Solutions recreates the dynamics of a mountain stream straight to the tap with water filtration and softener systems


10 INNOVATORS RECOGNIZED FOR EXCEPTIONAL ACHIEVEMENTS
Cleantech Group awards outstanding innovators recognizing: Companies of the Year, Early-Stage Company of of the Year, Rising Stars of the Year, and more


SMALL MODULAR REACTORS ACCELERATE NUCLEAR ENERGY INITIATIVES
Nuclear energy produced by small modular reactors and microreactors, which can be easily installed and relocated, are gaining traction across the world according to a Cleantech Group report


2865 DRINKING WATER ADVISORIES ISSUED IN CANADA IN 2023
These include 2760 Boil Water Advisories (BWA), 71 Do Not Consume (DNC), 41 Water Quality Advisories (WQA), and 89 Cyanobacteria Alerts (Blue-green Algae).


Ontario Drinking water owner and operators fined $12,800 for Safe Drinking Water Act violations
The Corporation of the Township of Woolwich was convicted for failing to report adverse water quality readings


Together with First Nations leadership, Minister Patty Hajdu introduces a Bill to support clean drinking water in First Nations communities
Bill C-61 is the next step to ensure First Nations have clean drinking water for generations to come.


Canada's orphan mines legacy of harm in Hudson Bay basin
Sherridon Community Town Hall meeting call for support and action


Championing Innovation & Catalyzing Opportunity
Research-driven company, Cleantech Group, brings global access to current trends shaping the future to benefit innovators, companies, and investors


GEOSCIENCE
Researcher Named In Calgary’s Top 40 Under 40
Benjamin Tutolo, Associate Professor, Department of Geoscience, University of Calgary, recognized for his work on how interactions between rocks, water, and gases affect climate, habitability, and life on Earth and Mars.


SUSTAINABLE BUILDING
Bridging the Sustainability Gap Between Timber & Investors
Swiss Start-up Timber Finance Initiative educates investors on climate impact in the build sector

AI & WATER
Reinforcement Learning and Water Treatment
Edmonton start-up RL Core Technologies to improve drinking-water treatment using a data-driven AI approach called reinforcement learning


BIODIVERSITY DATA
World's First Nature Intelligence Platform Powered By Environmental DNA
Uplink Top Innovator NatureMetrics analyzes eDNA in water, sediments and insects to deliver decision-ready data

GLACIAL SHRINKAGE
Lakes In Canada's Rockies Losing Iconic Turquoise Colour
Losing Blue, presented by NFB, documents the effects of glacial shrinkage


GREEN TEXTILES
Water & Chemical-Free Textile Dyeing Debuts in Canada
Quebec-based Regent Textile Machinery aims to expand Top Innovator DyeCoo waterless technology in the Canadian market

UN INNOVATOR
UN Innovator Aquacycl Selected As Finalist For Earthshot Prize
Transforming Wastewater Into Clean Energy

WATER SHORTAGE
Where has all the water gone?
A news roundup of Severe Water Shortages in Canada


CRIME
Three Well Contractors fined $25,500
The convictions for violating the Ontario Water Resources Act were reported on September 12.


CALL OUT TO ALL AQUAPRENEURS
Zero Waste Water Challenge
Uplink's Zero Water Waste is currently open for submissions

CARBON CAPTURE
CO2 That Rocks
BC start-up Arca removes CO2 from mine tailings, transforms it into rocks to safely store it for millennia


WATERTODAY IN THE NEWS
Harmful Algae
WT Media Group to release Harmful Algal Bloom and other critical water news to local radio and print media outlets


SUSTAINABLE AGRICULTURE
Driving Regenerative Agriculture With Plant Intelligence
Swiss deep-tech start-up Vivent improves food security with biosensors linked to naturally occurring bioelectrical signals

WASTEWATER
Pioneering a New Era of Sustainable Waste Management
Duke University Spin-off 374Water creates energy, water, and minerals from recalcitrant wastes

RIGHTS OF NATURE
Pioneering a New Era of Sustainable Waste Managemente
Ohio's CELDF aims to restore Rights of Nature after lawmakers' pushback

MENTORSHIP
Start-up Accelerator & Innovation Engine For Promising Cleantech Ventures
Quebec's Cycle Momentum offers personalized training, access to top investors

PLASTIC
Clean Rivers Save Oceans
UN Top Innovator Germany-based Plastic Fischer focuses on rivers to prevent ocean plastic, and create jobs with low-tech collection systems


SMS ALERTS
WT new SMS system launched
WaterToday officially started sending out its new SMS water alerts - Boil Water, Do not consume, Water Shortage, Flooding, Blue-Green algae - on June 30, 2023!


BLUE-GREEN ALGAE
Massive toxic algae bloom at the mouth of Maumee Bay
NCCOS satellite image July 4

FUNGI
Growing Mushrooms In Arid Climates
UN Top Innovator Solution: UAE's first ag-tech company Below Farm follows waste-to-resource principles

WT INVESTIGATIVE
How WT writes the news
Find out how a story unfolds on WaterToday


CARBON CAPTURE
Turning Canada Into The World's Carbon Capture Capital
Quebec start-up Deep Sky aims to build large-scale carbon-removal and sequestration infrastructures in Quebec, Ontario, and Alberta


DRINKING WATER
Bringing Water Safety to the Digital Age
UN Top Innovator Swiss start-up bNovate analyzes microbial water quality in minutes instead of days

CWA CRIME
15-mile oil sheen on the Ohio River forces closure of drinking water intakes in two states
Clean Water Act Historic Prosecution:  Fiscal Year 2017 (Ohio)


INDIGENOUS TRADITIONS
Yukon-based filmmaker Fritz Mueller's feature documentary VOICES ACROSS THE WATER is now streaming.

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


WASTEWATER
Transforming Wastewater Into Clean Energy
California start-up Aquacycl uses natural bacteria to clean wastewater and produce electricity


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


CLIMATE ADAPTATION
A natural systems approach to adapting to climate change
WT Interview with Leanne Sexsmith, Real Estate Foundation of British Columbia


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


WATERSHEDS
Winning at water security in BC
Collaboration proves climate adaptation works
Interview with Zita Botelho, Watersheds BC


NASA SWOT MISSION
SWOT satellite, launched on December 16, to survey all water on Earth
Interview with Jean Bergeron, Missions Scientist, Canadian Space Agency


FIRST NATION WATER
The First Nation Drinking Water Settlement


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.


DATA CENTERS
Large Amounts of Water Required to Operate Data Centers
Interview with Landon Marston, Assistant Professor Civil & Environmental Engineering Virginia Tech


FIRST NATIONS
Inclusive Leadership for the Urban Indigenous
Interview with Charlene Lavallee, AMNSIS President


TIDAL POWER
Toronto, start-up Biome Renewables is turning the tide to unlock increased tidal power potential


CLEAN SHIPPING
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

FLOOD MAPS
Canada's long-awaited national flood maps
NRCan responds to WaterToday’s inquiry about the current state of Canadian flood maps

OCEAN SCHOOL
WT Women - Taking a deep dive with Ocean School’s education
At the intersection of science, education, and storytelling

ARCTIC
Canada's Arctic Corridors & Northern Voices Project Update
The Arctic Corridors & Northern Voices project was developed by the University of Ottawa in partnership with the Canadian Coast Guard

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
WT Interview with Greg Peet, CEO, Axine Water Technologies





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