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Water We Doing?

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Discover how our most precious commodity impacts our lives in so many fascinating ways. That's right! We're talking about water, but not like you've ever heard it before. Join us as we explore social, environmental and economic issues around the globe as we ask the questions: what are we doing, and how can we do better? The "Water We Doing?" podcast is a production of the Aquatic Biosphere Project. The podcast is produced and hosted by David Evans (P. Biol), the Project's Director of Conservation. For more info please check out www.AquaticBiosphere.ca

Discover how our most precious commodity impacts our lives in so many fascinating ways. That's right! We're talking about water, but not like you've ever heard it before. Join us as we explore social, environmental and economic issues around the globe as we ask the questions: what are we doing, and how can we do better? The "Water We Doing?" podcast is a production of the Aquatic Biosphere Project. The podcast is produced and hosted by David Evans (P. Biol), the Project's Director of Conservation. For more info please check out www.AquaticBiosphere.ca

Location:

Canada

Description:

Discover how our most precious commodity impacts our lives in so many fascinating ways. That's right! We're talking about water, but not like you've ever heard it before. Join us as we explore social, environmental and economic issues around the globe as we ask the questions: what are we doing, and how can we do better? The "Water We Doing?" podcast is a production of the Aquatic Biosphere Project. The podcast is produced and hosted by David Evans (P. Biol), the Project's Director of Conservation. For more info please check out www.AquaticBiosphere.ca

Language:

English


Episodes

Deep Dive with Dr. Keith Cressman, Chief Locust Forecasting Officer, UN FAO

5/26/2021
Locusts. For those born in the 1990s, one of the first images that come to memory is the evil Hopper, a scarred grasshopper, ruthless and violent, and arch-nemesis of the curious and inventing ant Flik in Bug’s life. In the Disney Pixar cartoon, Hopper and his gang devastate crops, destroying any food source available and terrorizing other creatures living in their same area. A plague that for countries like Ethiopia, Kenya, Somalia, Eritrea has become a living nightmare. 2020, the year of...

Duration:00:44:20

Rain isn't always a good thing! Desert Locust Devastation

5/24/2021
Locusts. For those born in the 1990s, one of the first images that come to memory is the evil Hopper, a scarred grasshopper, ruthless and violent, and arch-nemesis of the curious and inventing ant Flik in Bug’s life. In the Disney Pixar cartoon, Hopper and his gang devastate crops, destroying any food source available and terrorizing other creatures living in their same area. A plague that for countries like Ethiopia, Kenya, Somalia, Eritrea has become a living nightmare. 2020, the year of...

Duration:00:22:20

Deep Dive with Dr. David Locky, Microplastics, MacEwan University

5/12/2021
Did you know you eat about a credit card's worth of plastic every week? Plastic is in almost everything humans produce and consume these days. When plastic isn't reused, recycled, or properly disposed of it begins to break down in the environment. It breaks into tiny microscopic pieces called microplastics which can be found everywhere on the planet. They travel in rain drops, can be blown by the winds and are consumed by small organisms and biomagnify up the food chain. We are eating...

Duration:00:42:30

How much Plastic do you eat Everyday? The Science Behind Microplastics!

5/10/2021
Did you know you eat about a credit card's worth of plastic every week? Plastic is in almost everything humans produce and consume these days. When plastic isn't reused, recycled, or properly disposed of it begins to break down in the environment. It breaks into tiny microscopic pieces called microplastics which can be found everywhere on the planet. They travel in rain drops, can be blown by the winds and are consumed by small organisms and biomagnify up the food chain. We are eating...

Duration:00:23:49

Deep Dive with Mike Williamson, Cascadia Seaweed

4/30/2021
As the global population grows to 10 billion by 2050 we will need to find new ways to feed everyone. As our water resources and productive agricultural land get stretched thinner and thinner we will need to find new and innovative ways to produce food! In today's episode we are discussing two innovative approaches to producing food which are very water conscious and that could be providing our food sooner than you might think! Today we're discussing Seaweed Cultivation! The world bank...

Duration:00:47:36

Deep Dive Interview with PONTUS Proteins

4/28/2021
As the global population grows to 10 billion by 2050 we will need to find new ways to feed everyone. As our water resources and productive agricultural land get stretched thinner and thinner we will need to find new and innovative ways to produce food! In today's episode we are discussing two innovative approaches to producing food which are very water conscious and that could be providing our food sooner than you might think! Today we're discussing Aquaponics! Did you know that you can...

Duration:00:53:15

The Future of Food: Water Farmed Plant Based Foods

4/26/2021
As the global population grows to 10 billion by 2050 we will need to find new ways to feed everyone. As our water resources and productive agricultural land get stretched thinner and thinner we will need to find new and innovative ways to produce food! In today's episode we are discussing two innovative approaches to producing food which are very water conscious and that could be providing our food sooner than you might think! Today we're discussing Aquaponics and Seaweed Cultivation! Did...

Duration:00:30:59

Deep Dive Interview with Dr. Kevin Bladon, Wildfires and Water, Oregon State University

4/21/2021
Is it just me or do we seem to be getting bigger more devastating wildfires every year? If it isn't fires across Canada, it's California, it's Australia, and it's even the Amazon rainforest. Is this more than normal and should we be worried? Wildfires are a natural part of many forests systems and help maintain forest health, but when we put out fires too quickly we can end up creating bigger fires for ourselves in the future. In this episode we will be discussing the effects that...

Duration:00:46:48

Wildfires and Water; Isn't the Problem Over when the Fire's Out?

4/19/2021
Is it just me or do we seem to be getting bigger more devastating wildfires every year? If it isn't fires across Canada, it's California, it's Australia, and it's even the Amazon rainforest. Is this more than normal and should we be worried? Wildfires are a natural part of many forests systems and help maintain forest health, but when we put out fires too quickly we can end up creating bigger fires for ourselves in the future. In this episode we will be discussing the effects that...

Duration:00:23:11

Deep Dive Interview with Colton Vessey, Environmental Geochemistry PhD Student, University of Alberta

4/14/2021
Did you know that the lands around Alberta's Rocky Mountains could become open pit coal mines? This has become quite the hot topic in the Province of Alberta as it was a decision that the government took without any consultation to the public or any stakeholder groups. This is precious land to not only Albertans but to many Canadians. It is also where Albertans and many people in Saskatchewan get their freshwater from and this is important because of the risk of pollution and contamination...

Duration:01:04:00

Coal in Alberta's Foothills and Potential Impacts to Western Canada's Water

4/12/2021
Did you know that the lands around Alberta's Rocky Mountains could become open pit coal mines? This has become quite the hot topic in the Province of Alberta as it was a decision that the government took without any consultation to the public or any stakeholder groups. This is precious land to not only Albertans but to many Canadians. It is also where Albertans and many people in Saskatchewan get their freshwater from and this is important because of the risk of pollution and contamination...

Duration:00:25:42

Deep Dive Interview with Chuck Shea, US Army Corps of Engineers

4/8/2021
Invasive species are a huge problem around the world. Asian Carp are most well known for flying through the air, striking anyone out for a pleasure cruise on the river, but they have completely changed the ecology and ecosystems they have taken over. They have taken over the Mississippi river and they are headed for the Great Lakes and Canadian Waters! What are we doing to stop them? In this episode you will hear from the experts about why Asian Carp were brought to the United States, how...

Duration:00:47:17

Deep Dive Interview with Kevin Irons, Assistant Chief of Fisheries, Illinois Department of Natural Resources

4/7/2021
Invasive species are a huge problem around the world. Asian Carp are most well known for flying through the air, striking anyone out for a pleasure cruise on the river, but they have completely changed the ecology and ecosystems they have taken over. They have taken over the Mississippi river and they are headed for the Great Lakes and Canadian Waters! What are we doing to stop them? In this episode you will hear from the experts about why Asian Carp were brought to the United States, how...

Duration:01:18:14

Deep Dive Interview with Andrew Reeves, Author of Overrun: Dispatches from the Asian Carp Crisis

4/6/2021
Invasive species are a huge problem around the world. Asian Carp are most well known for flying through the air, striking anyone out for a pleasure cruise on the river, but they have completely changed the ecology and ecosystems they have taken over. They have taken over the Mississippi river and they are headed for the Great Lakes and Canadian Waters! What are we doing to stop them? In this episode you will hear from the experts about why Asian Carp were brought to the United States, how...

Duration:01:29:48

Asian Carp Invasion! What can we do when Invasive Fish Take Over?

4/5/2021
Invasive species are a huge problem around the world. Asian Carp are most well known for flying through the air, striking anyone out for a pleasure cruise on the river, but they have completely changed the ecology and ecosystems they have taken over. They have taken over the Mississippi river and they are headed for the Great Lakes and Canadian Waters! What are we doing to stop them? In this episode you will hear from the experts about why Asian Carp were brought to the United States, how...

Duration:00:36:39

Deep Dive Interview on Seawater Desalination with Dr. Heather Cooley, The Pacific Institute

3/31/2021
A study from McGill University, estimates the average Canadian consumes about 329L of water a day, the equivalent of more than 600 standard water bottles (500 ml). Think of your daily routine. In the morning you get up, you have a shower. Flush the toilet. Fill the water for your coffee or tea. Run the dishwasher. At lunchtime, you might boil some pasta. Later you might do some laundry. Before bedtime, you may might run a warm bath or put the kettle on for some hot tea. Sleep and repeat. As...

Duration:00:36:21

Is Seawater Desalination the Solution for the World’s Water Problems?

3/29/2021
A study from McGill University, estimates the average Canadian consumes about 329L of water a day, the equivalent of more than 600 standard water bottles (500 ml). Think of your daily routine. In the morning you get up, you have a shower. Flush the toilet. Fill the water for your coffee or tea. Run the dishwasher. At lunchtime, you might boil some pasta. Later you might do some laundry. Before bedtime, you may might run a warm bath or put the kettle on for some hot tea. Sleep and repeat. As...

Duration:00:20:40

Deep Dive Interview with Bourton Scott and Ally Stocks, Emerald Sea Protection Society

3/25/2021
It's estimated that we lose 640,000 tonnes of fishing gear every year in our oceans. This gear continues to kill fish and other marine organisms and pollutes our marine environment with plastic. What are we doing about it? In this episode we speak with Joel Baziuk the Deputy Director of the Global Ghost Gear Initiative (GGGI) and Bourton Scott and Ally Stocks from the Emerald Sea Protection Society. Joel helps to coordinate global efforts to improve fishing gear to decrease the risks of it...

Duration:00:28:20

Deep Dive Interview with Joel Baziuk, Deputy Director of the Global Ghost Gear Initiative

3/24/2021
In this episode we speak about ghost fishing, how we can work together to improve fishing gear and how all of us can play a role in cleaning it up with Joel Baziuk, the Deputy Director of the Global Ghost Gear Initiative (GGGI) from the Ocean Conservancy. Joel helps to coordinate global efforts to improve fishing gear to decrease the risks of it being lost at sea and to help coordinate global cleanup efforts. We talk about what's currently being done, what can be done in the future, how to...

Duration:00:39:24

Deep Dive Interview with Dr. Steve Hrudey, COVID-19 Wastewater Coalition, Canadian Water Network

3/23/2021
In this episode we talk to Dr. Steve Hrudey the Chair of the COVID-19 Wastewater Coalition from the Canadian Water Network. Dr. Hrudey helps us understand how Wastewater Surveillance for COVID-19 works and how you can test samples from our sewers to understand where the virus has spread. The COVID-19 pandemic has impacted everyone across this planet, has tested our ability to adapt, develop and role out vaccines and figure out efficient ways to test and monitor our entire population. When...

Duration:00:33:04