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¿Cuál Es Tu Huella Hídrica? The Water Footprint Calculator – En Español – Can Help!

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Whether in English or Español, if you are in the US and want to estimate your water footprint, there is only one place to turn: GRACE’s Water Footprint Calculator. A recent article by Expok, a Mexico-based social responsibility news site, showcases the Spanish-language calculator to explain the importance of not only accounting for tap water, but also all the water …

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He Saw Hurricane Florence Send Millions of Gallons of Toxic Animal Manure Into North Carolina’s Floodwaters

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In the aftermath of Hurricane Florence, Rick Dove, co-founder of Waterkeeper Alliance, took aerial photos of North Carolina’s flooded agricultural areas that are heavily populated by hog and poultry CAFOs (aka, factory farms). In this Washington Post piece, Dove describes the devastation shown with swamped hog and chicken houses and inundated manure lagoons that poured millions of gallons of hazardous …

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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 …