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Water & Limnology

“A lake carries you into recesses of feeling otherwise impenetrable,” ~ William Wordsworth

Clear ice on the lake

The fashion industry is acknowledged as the second most environmentally damaging sector, responsible for 8% of global carbon emissions and 20% of worldwide wastewater. Projections indicate a worrisome 50% surge in greenhouse gas emissions from this industry by 2030. In order to grasp the current academic understanding of the environmental effects of fast fashion, a systematic review of scholarly literature from 1996 to November 2021 was conducted. A total of 65 publications were analyzed through bibliometric, text, and content analyses.

We conducted a comprehensive analysis focusing on the spatial variability of water quality in the nearshore areas of the Canadian regions of the Laurentian Great Lakes (LGL). Our study involved periodic sampling during ice-free seasons from 2000 to 2019, encompassing 24 water quality parameters across 52 nearshore sites. We aimed to answer two key questions: (1) What is the scope, diversity, and intensity of spatial differences in water quality within the nearshore regions of the Canadian Great Lakes? and (2) How are water quality conditions influenced by factors like human development, sub-basin characteristics, expected coastal currents, and weather patterns?

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Incorporating the public into scientific endeavors plays a pivotal role in advancing our comprehension of global environmental shifts. Many enduring citizen science initiatives have spanned over a decade, predominantly involving the public in the data gathering phase of scientific investigations. Our team has recently taken charge of a longstanding citizen science initiative called the Community Lake Ice Collaboration (CLIC). This project has thrived by involving a community of seasoned participants who have diligently gathered data on hundreds of lakes throughout the USA for over three decades. The enormity of data collection at this scale would have been a logistical and financial challenge without the altruistic contributions of these volunteers.

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