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Three Food Waste Facts Everyone Needs to Know

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Food waste causes just as much damage to our planet as plastic waste. Wasting food also wastes all the resources like water and energy that it took to grow and make that food. Here are three key food waste facts: Food that’s thrown away and ends up in landfill breaks down and releases methane. The majority of food waste comes …

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Who Owns Groundwater? Lawsuit Seeks to Answer the Question

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A group of agricultural business owners is pushing back on restrictions to their water use from the Las Posas Groundwater Basin. The Ventura County, California case is challenging the amount of water farm owners can pump from a groundwater basin that sits below Moorpark, California. The suit claims that the entity that oversees groundwater basins in the area, Fox Groundwater …

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Many Water Cycle Diagrams Promote Misconceptions

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As school kids, we all learned about how the water cycle works – water falls from the sky as rain where it either runs into surface water bodies or infiltrates into groundwater. Wash rinse, repeat. New research has shown that the majority of water cycle diagrams are flawed, which is bad news for students, educators and policy makers who rely …

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During Fracking Boom, Oil and Gas Industry Seeks to Reduce Water — and Wastewater — Impacts

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Hydraulic fracturing (fracking) has delivered an oil and gas boom to parts of the United States with large shale plays.  It’s now axiomatic that wherever fracking goes, an increase in water use and wastewater follow. The arid lands of New Mexico’s Permian Basin, for instance, has witnessed the exponential increase in water use and production of wastewater along with hydrocarbon …

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Virtual Water Export Virtually Dries Pakistan

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Pakistan is faced with increasingly limited access to water. The country is already categorized as “extremely highly-water-stressed country” by the Water Resources Institute because it withdraws nearly 80% of its available water supply each year. This unsustainable water use, coupled with predicted declines in water flows in the Indus river system, make for an uncertain and thirsty future for Pakistan. …

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Students Create Virtual Pop-up Thrift Shop on Instagram

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Two juniors at Ithaca College – Emma Zarabet and Samantha Marks – have turned their love of thrift store shopping into a temporary online business. The sartorial students took their favorite past time – they go thrifting every Thursday – and their lack of closet space to the online world and opened up a pop-up Instagram shop. The move allows …

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New Data Tool Maps US Food, Energy and Water Resources

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A new tool maps the journey of food, energy an water resources in every region throughout the United States in an effort to help to make the systems that deliver these goods and services more accessible and resilient. The tool, called FEW-View, is part of the larger FEWSION nexus system research project based in Northern Arizona University, with support from …

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Are Your Jeans Creating an Eco Disaster?

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The fashion industry has a high water footprint, especially denim manufacturers. Creating that nice distressed blue jeans look everybody wants is water intensive and poisonous. First, there is heavy water use to irrigate cotton, which is also one of the most pesticide-heavy crops. Then, to get that lived-in look, the fabric is put through several chemical-intensive washes. Those chemicals include …

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The Beauty Industry Generates a lot of Plastic Waste

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Most beauty and personal care products come in plastic, are typically sealed in plastic and are often wrapped in plastic packaging. Much of that plastic is unrecyclable, which is significant because, globally, the personal care products is a $500 billion industry. In the US, it’s a whopping $90 billion behemoth that encourages us all to constantly buy the latest and …