IISD-ELA in the News

IISD-ELA in the News | Great Lakes Now | July 30, 2021

Bacteria Cleanup: Should we let nature clean up oil spills?

"Vince Palace, who led the work at the International Institute for Sustainable Development’s Experimental Lakes Area in western Ontario, said that the methods currently in use for cleaning up spills in rivers and lakes – mostly digging up and dumping contaminated soil – are not particularly effective. They only recover around 20 to 40% of the oil, and the physical damage done to shorelines and streambeds can be worse than the effects of the spill itself, taking as long as a decade to recover."

IISD-ELA in the News | Winnipeg Free Press | July 21, 2021

Wetlands could help wipe out water woes

"In early July, researchers from the International Institute for Sustainable Development built and planted a total of 10 floating wetlands in two retention ponds in East St. Paul. The project, run by IISD’s bioeconomy and water policy lead Richard Grosshans, will test how effective the wetlands are at removing harmful pollutants from freshwater lakes over time."

IISD-ELA in the News | Winnipeg Free Press | June 30, 2021

A decade of failing Lake Winnipeg

"Based on IISD-ELA research, algal blooms in lakes Geneva, Washington, Constance, Erie and many others across the globe have been successfully reduced by controlling phosphorus alone."

IISD-ELA in the News | Inside Science | June 25, 2021

Oil Spills’ Overlooked Victims: Water Insects

"The dangers of freshwater oil spills to fish and birds are well known, but what about the other creatures, like insects, that live in or on rivers and lakes? Tyler Black, a Ph.D. student in environmental sciences at the University of Guelph in Canada, was inspired to look at this question when he noticed something odd during oil spill experiments at the Experimental Lakes Area in northern Ontario."

IISD-ELA in the News | Kenora Online | June 17, 2021

African Researchers hopeful to come to ELA in 2022

"Residents of Northwestern Ontario may see some unfamiliar faces around the Experimental Lakes Area (ELA), come next year. Up to twelve women that are a part of the African Women in Science Program that are accustomed to doing research across the globe could make their way to the ELA next summer."