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Climate change, water governance, energy, and the futures of communities are among the most critical issues facing human society in the 21st century. To address the ways in which these urgent issues intersect and the implications for society, the University of Alberta Intersections of Sustainability interdisciplinary research network brings together scholars and experts in environmental law, civil and environmental engineering, planning, environmental science, public health, the humanities and education.

Funded by the Kule Institute for Advanced Study, our aim is to bring a whole-system approach to critical, futures-oreinted research in partnership with government agencies, academic partners, civic organizations, policy makers, industry actors and non-government organizations.

As we collectively navigate this time of enormous transition towards an as yet unknown future, a critical goal is to facilitate knowledge translation and knowledge sharing with all relevent parties including urban, rural and Indigenous communities, regarding climate change risk, adaptation and mitigation as well as disaster response and resilience planning.

We believe that broad regional, national and global collaborations are vital to ensuring the best possible research questions, solutions and outcomes at this critical moment in time.

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Water worries mount around the world — including in Canada

Population growth and changing climate are putting water supplies at risk

This is part of CBC series Water at Risk, which looks at Cape Town's drought and some potential risks to the water supply facing parts of Canada and the Middle East. Read more stories in the series.


A family negotiate their way through caked mud around a dried-up section of the Theewaterskloof dam near Cape Town in January. The dam's reservoir supplies most of Cape Town's potable water and is dangerously low as the city faces Day Zero, the point at which taps will run dry and rationing must begin in the city of nearly four million people.

SAFRICA-DROUGHT/DAYZEROFor more information on this, please visit the CBCnews website through the link here

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