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Why Britain’s Rain Can’t Sustain its Thirst

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Think Britain is uniformly water rich with lush greenery throughout the entire region? Think again. The most populated and driest region – the Southeast, where London is located – might soon be facing water shortages. What? Water shortages in London, England? That’s right! No place is immune from drought. In 2018, England had six consecutive months of below average rainfall, causing …

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Farms aren’t tossing perfectly good produce. You are.

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People don’t like to eat ugly fruit and it’s causing a lot of food waste.  According to the food waste experts at ReFED, less than 20 percent of total food waste  in the United States happens at farms and packinghouses. More than 80 percent  is generated by homes and consumer-facing businesses like grocery stores and restaurants.  There are several companies …

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Green water supplies and global limits

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Blue water supplies – those from rain water that flows over land and becomes surface water and groundwater – have been regularly studied and are fairly well documented. Green water supplies, however, aren’t as well studied.  Our friend and the father of the water footprint concept Arjen Hoekstra and his colleagues have gone a long way toward closing that knowledge gap by …

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CDP: Most Fast Moving Consumer Brands Failing on Low Carbon Innovation

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A new report on the consumer goods sector looked at which companies are ready for a low-carbon transition. The report ranked 16 of the largest, publicly listed consumer goods companies (parent companies of multiple consumer brands) using a methodology based on the Task Force for Climate Related Financial Disclosure. One key finding was that, while some companies demonstrated leadership, almost 60 percent …

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One family makes sense of losing its Colorado River water

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In a proposed state plan to allocate the already over-allocated Colorado River in Arizona, farmers are losing their water to metropolitan areas experiencing some of the highest growth in the country.  Pinal County farmers have received more federal subsidies than any other county in the state. Now, 200 of them will have to fallow up to 40 percent of their …

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Nine Books to Help You Create a Plastic-Free Lifestyle

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Plastic — it’s everywhere. Not just in our homes, schools and offices, but it fills our waterways, lakes and oceans. If you are concerned about all this plastic and the waste it creates, there are many ways to help you steer clear of using, buying and accumulating plastic. Author Stacey Smith and her crew review nine of what they consider …