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Low or No-Meat Diets Can Reduce European Water Footprints, Says Study

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It takes about 728 gallons (2,757 liters) of water to produce the food an average British person eats every day. This comes a new study conducted by European Commission entitled, “The water footprint of different diets within European sub-national geographical entities.” Food generally comprises the largest part of a person’s water footprint, and meat makes up an outsize part of …

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How Bitcoin’s Footprint is Impacting Water Use

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Those chasing the latest source of wealth – blockchain-enabled cyber-currencies – may not realize just how significant the impacts of their pursuits are to water resources or what their water footprint really is. The billions of online transactions made each day in pursuit of new wealth requires massive amounts of power production to run data centers. All that production, in …

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As Climate Warms, Algae Blooms In Drinking Water Supplies

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Warming temperatures and increasing amounts of pollutants that blue-green algae feed on have produced algae blooms that have affected communities like Salem, Oregon and Toledo, Ohio. Now, both states require regular toxins testing in their drinking water sources. More states will likely follow suit, because, as the climate warms, Harmful Algae Blooms (HABS) are becoming more prevalent across the country …

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Fracking Water Use And Wastewater Production Rates Are Exploding

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A recent study entitled the “Intensification of the water footprint of hydraulic fracturing” has caused a stir among observers of the petroleum-product extraction technique due to its implications in water-stressed areas. A Duke University team led by Avner Vengosh, a well-known scientist studying the hydraulic fracturing (fracking), recorded huge surges in water use in the production of shale oil and …

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El Paso is on the Cutting Edge of Water Conservation

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Faced with completely draining their water supply dry, officials and residents of El Paso, Texas worked together to change their ways and ensure a steady supply for the future. Now, according to the city’s  water utility manager, Ed Archuleta, “We’re basically drought-proof.”  How did they do it? A combination of actions that included massive water customer educational campaigns (Archuleta’s advice – …

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Exploring the Water Footprint of Meat Exports

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Pakistan’s push to make as much profit as possible through export industries often doesn’t take negative externalities like water footprints into account when calculating profits. One such export industry – meat production – has a particularly high water footprint, which means, in effect, Pakistan is exporting a lot of its water as well as meat. This is because it takes …

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How Can We Reduce Our Collective Water Footprint?

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A new infographic from High Tide Technologies helps us understand how we use water in virtual ways (take our Water Footprint Calculator to see all the ways you use water). Learning about all the ways we use water throughout the day can help us use less. This is crucial knowledge because in the US we use so much more than …

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Acceleration of Mountain Glacier Melt Could Impact Pacific Northwest Water Supplies

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In a new study, scientists used computer modeling to estimate the flow of mountain glacial melt in six river basins in the Pacific Northwest. They estimated glacier mass loss and meltwater volume from 1960 to the present, and predicted future changes through 2099.  Scientists found that river basins fed by runoff from lower elevation glaciers in the Cascades will have …

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Transitions to Freshwater Sustainability

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Driven by water-related crises around the world, humans are changing how and where we use water. The forces driving this change include: “mismatches between supply and demand; the continued failure to meet basic human needs for water and sanitation; expanding ecological degradation due to extraction of water from natural systems and human-caused climate changes; the development of new technologies for …