News, Articles and Interviews

News briefs and articles about water footprints, water use and availability, as well as interviews with key people in the fields of water footprints and water use.

Changes to the Water Footprint Calculator Website

March 9, 2020

Updates to the water data and sources and a redesign have made our Water Footprint Calculator even better! We at GRACE Communications Foundation are happy to announce the updates made to our award-winning Water Footprint Calculator (WFC) website. We gave the site a new, streamlined look, and we improved the functionality, expanded the content and […]

US Livestock Use Less Water Than 1960, But Other Problems Apparent

March 2, 2020

While livestock and poultry production in the United States has risen substantially since 1960, the amount of water used has dropped, according to research from University of Nebraska’s Water for Food Global Institute. A few factors have contributed to this drop in water use, such as selective breeding, genetic engineering and the larger sizes of […]

In Australian Wildfires' Aftermath, Water Pollution Piles Up

February 27, 2020

Wildfires that wracked southeastern Australia for months laid waste to millions of acres of land, and as a terrible consequence, is causing widespread water pollution. As rain washes over the charred land, literally tons of ash, debris and chemicals are carried into streams, rivers and other waterways, which has created huge fishkills and contaminated water […]

6 ways travelling professionals can cut their carbon footprint

February 19, 2020

If you travel a lot, you know it can take a toll on the health of the planet. The World Economic Forum put together a list of methods you can use to reduce your impact on water and carbon emissions when you travel. The list includes everything from traveling light to avoiding air travel to […]

Almonds are out. Dairy is a disaster. So what milk should we drink?

February 14, 2020

A 2018 study by researchers at the University of Oxford looked at the global impact of food production and found that producing a glass of dairy milk results in almost three times more greenhouse gas emissions and consumes nine times more land than any plant-based milk. The Guardian wondered what the best milk alternative would be so they […]

How Rewearing a Dress on the Red Carpet Can Actually Help Save the Planet

February 13, 2020

Move over Oscar, the BAFTA’s are leading the way on sustainability. In an effort to promote sustainability this awards season, the British Academy of Film and Television Arts sent out a guide created by the London College of Fashion that encourages attendees of the February awards ceremony to either rewear or rent an outfit for […]

Cost of environmental damage linked to Nestlé, Danone and Mondelez rises sharply

February 5, 2020

An analysis by S&P Global Market Intelligence shows that, after declining for many years, environmental damage costs linked to three of the biggest packaged food producers are once again rising. The analysis found that between 2009 and 2015, while the cost of environmental damage as a proportion of revenue linked to Nestlé, Danone and Mondelez […]

All Renewable Power Could Mean 95 Percent Cut in Water Consumption

January 27, 2020

A study by LUT University (Finland) researchers found that 100 percent renewable power could cut water consumption up to 95 percent over conventional. Renewable power, in this case, is solar and wind, while conventional is coal, natural gas and nuclear-power generation. Renewable energy (as well as nuclear) emits no greenhouse gases that contribute to climate […]

700 Experts: Act Now on Groundwater Crisis

January 17, 2020

Billions of people around the world depend on groundwater for their everyday needs, yet the reality is that groundwater is being over-exploited and polluted, putting the well-being of people and ecosystems at risk. Although groundwater is often out of sight, humanity cannot keep it out of mind. About 1.7 billion people live above over-stressed aquifers, […]