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UN Says Studying Water Scarcity Can Help Curb Migration

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A recent report from the UN Food and Agriculture Organization states that studying trends linked to water scarcity could help communities to adapt and release stress from migration. By sharing good water-saving practices and skills, and by using remittances for managing water resources, improvements can be made to reduce the negative impacts. Lack of access to clean, abundant sources of …

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Take This Quiz to Find Out Your Environmental Footprint

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Even with all the sustainability efforts going on in the world, the planet still needs help. Whether or not you’re open to changing your ways, it’s eye-opening to see how we impact the Earth. What is your environmental footprint? The three quizzes in this article will show you your ecological footprint, your water consumption (Hey! That’s us!), and your plastic consumption.  …

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The Water Footprint of Food

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In 2008, the creator of the water footprint concept and professor at the University of Twente Water Center, Arjen Hoekstra, posited that the international trade of commodity crops constituted the international trade of water because of all the virtual water it takes to grow those crops. A decade later, his theory holds true. [Twente Water Centre]

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Jeanologia CEO Says Denim Can Be Water-Free by 2025

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With the right technologies and industry-wide effort, the denim industry – big denim, as it were – could become water free by 2025. So says Enrique Silla, CEO of Jeanologia.  The Spanish company uses air in place of water to treat garments in order to achieve the same aesthetics of traditional washing and finishing. As much as 35 percent of …

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How to Reduce Our Water Footprint to a Sustainable Level?

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The creator of the water footprint concept, Arjen Hoekstra, lays out the steps countries need to take in order to reduce their water footprints.  First, governments must establish water footprint caps for all catchments. Second,  they must formulate benchmarks for all large-scale water users such as agriculture, textiles and energy. Third is to promote fairer water use across communities. We have to …

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From Not Enough to Too Much, the World’s Water Crisis Explained

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Cape Town’s “Day Zero” was recently pushed from April to July because residents are working hard to reduce their water footprints. But the conditions that led to Cape Town’s impending disaster also exist in other locations and the disaster could happen anywhere.  Author Stephen Leahy takes us through all the conditions that create water insecurity. Climate change fuels droughts that …

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Eat Less Water: How Much Water Does it Take to Make Your Favorite Foods?

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Southern Californians know how important water conservation is. Taking shorter showers  and changing out your landscape is important, but you ever thought about how much water it takes to grow the food you eat? Author Florencia Ramirez’s new book “Eat Less Water” tells you how to reduce your virtual water by eating food that requires less water to produce. Ramirez joined …