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Water Scarcity is Making for Some Scary Conditions

In a study published in Science Advances, Mesfin M. Mekonnen and Arjen Y. Hoekstra estimate that over 4 billion people, approximately two-thirds of the world’s population, face severe water scarcity for at least one month out of the year – far greater than previous estimates of between 1.7 billion and … Read more »

Carlsbad desalination plant

Industry Looks to Desalination, Emerging Water Treatment Technologies

Four years into California’s historic drought, a $1 billion desalination plant is being built by Poseidon Water. The Carlsbad Desalination Project, 12 years in the making, will convert up to 56 million gallons of seawater daily into drinking water for San Diego County. It’s the state’s first major desalination plant … Read more »

Ceres Launches Water Risk Disclosure Search Tool

Ceres Launches Water Risk Disclosure Search Tool

Ceres has launched a search tool that allows users to access water risk disclosures in company filings with the US Securities and Exchange Commission. The SEC Sustainability Disclosure Search tool allows users to find disclosures in 4,500 US companies’ annual filings relating to water availability, scarcity, quality, pollution, regulation and innovation. The … Read more »

Sustainability Challenges Present Profitable Business Opportunities

Business leaders globally have strong confidence in their own ability to turn sustainability challenges such as water scarcity and lock-in to fossil fuels into new business opportunities, particularly in the manufacturing and finance sectors in emerging economies. This is one of the key findings of the Global Opportunity Report launched … Read more »

Six Steps for Managing Water Risks, Opportunities

In its 2014 Global Risks report, the World Economic Forum identified water crises as one of the risks of highest concern. For businesses, it is important to understand operational and market contexts to manage water risk and leverage opportunity, according to The Guardian. Businesses can manage water resources with a … Read more »

DOE Report Explores Water Energy Nexus

DOE Report Explores Water Energy Nexus

Water scarcity, variability and uncertainty are becoming more prominent, potentially leading to vulnerabilities of the US energy system, according to a US Department of Energy report. The report frames an integrated challenge and opportunity space around the water-energy nexus for the DOE and its partners and lays the foundation for … Read more »

Coalition Backs Natural Capital Framework

The Natural Capital Coalition — a multi-stakeholder coalition whose business signatories include Coca Cola, Kingfisher and Dow Chemical — is seeking to create a framework to standardize how the economic value of natural resources is accounted for and valued. The Natural Capital Protocol is supported by, among others, the United Nations Environment Programme, the World Bank’s International Finance Corporation, and … Read more »

Sangres Plant

Brewery Saves 72M Liters of Water Annually with GE Technology

A Portuguese brewery has saved millions of liters of water annually with General Electric’s membranes and water chemical technology. Sociedade Central de Cervejas e Bebidas (SCC), a brewery in Vialonga near Lisbon, Portugal, reused wastewater to its cooling towers, which enabled it to reduce its yearly water discharge by 72 … Read more »

Corporations See Water Scarcity as Business Risk

Companies including AT&T, Deloitte, MillerCoors and Veolia see water scarcity as a business risk and a barrier to economic growth, according to a blog by Environmental Defense Fund on a recent meeting involving those parties aimed at tackling water scarcity issues. Major nonprofits, water technicians and corporations met at the … Read more »

Intel Plants Recycle 60% of Water

Intel treats some 2 million gallons of industrial water a day at its plants in Chandler, Ariz., then returns the water to an underground aquifer, Bloomberg reports. The semiconductor maker, which is the city’s largest employer, recycles some 60 percent of its water. It’s also expanding the treatment facilities and … Read more »

Business Group: ‘Colorado Should Halve Water Use by 2050’

Colorado needs “aggressive” state-wide targets for reductions in municipal and industrial water use if it is to solve its water scarcity challenges and keep its economy growing, according to a report by the Colorado chapter of business group Environmental Entrepreneurs (E2). Such water use could increase by as much as 81 percent … Read more »

AT&T, EDF Toolkit Promises 28bn Gallons in Commercial Building Water Savings

AT&T, EDF Toolkit Promises 28bn Gallons in Commercial Building Water Savings

US commercial buildings can collectively save up to 28 billion gallons of water annually by using a suit of tools produced by AT&T and Environmental Defense Fund (EDF), the organizations say. For example, buildings with cooling towers typically use 28 percent of their daily water for cooling. AT&T and EDF … Read more »