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.

Groundwater Overpumping Harms Rivers and Watersheds, New Study Warns

October 9, 2019

Groundwater hides in many ways. Groundwater is hidden from view on the surface while it also hides from general knowledge that it’s Earth’s largest source of freshwater beside what is locked in glaciers and ice sheets. Another hidden aspect is that groundwater overpumping not only depletes aquifers, but also the overlaying rivers and surface waters, […]

IPCC Special Report Details Climate Change’s Great Impact on Oceans and the Cryosphere

October 1, 2019

Climate Change affects all parts of the Earth system such as the world’s oceans and the cryosphere, an IPCC special report outlines. From storing huge amounts of heat in ocean depths to shrinking glaciers in polar regions and high mountain elevations, no place or watery aspect is immune from the changing climate. The world’s leading […]

For Meat and Dairy, No One-Size-Fits-All Diet To Reduce Water and Carbon Footprints

September 27, 2019

There is no one-size-fits-all diet to reduce people’s water and carbon footprints, details a new Johns Hopkins University-led study. Cutting down on meat and dairy makes sense for many eaters in high-income countries, while greater intake of meat, dairy and eggs in low-income countries is advisable on nutritional grounds. The study notes: These findings suggest […]

From Ikea to Gap, Firms Aim to Use Scarce Water More Wisely

August 29, 2019

Around the planet, water is less and less available so companies like Coke, Ikea and the GAP use water more efficiently and productively in manufacturing. Global water supplies are threatened by population growth, climate change, economic and agricultural expansion and deforestation.  Customers are becoming more aware of sustainability issues and are demanding more sustainable products […]

How New Belgium Brewing is Leading Sustainable Beer

August 21, 2019

New Belgium Brewing Company of Fort Collins, Colorado was founded on sustainable principles that have helped them maintain efficient production of their craft beers (you might be familiar with Fat Tire). Their practices have led to high efficiencies in energy and water use – they estimate that a bottle of Fat Tire takes about 24 […]

One-Quarter of the World’s Population Live in “Extremely” Water Stressed Areas

August 14, 2019

Updated data produced by the World Resources Institute Aqueduct project show that 17 countries—that contain about one-quarter of the world’s population—now confront “extremely high” levels of water stress. Countries facing “extremely high” water stress are located largely in the Middle East, and include Qatar, Israel, Iran and Jordan, but also such countries as Eritrea, India […]

The Water Cycle is Speeding Up Over Much of the US (And Slowing Some, Too)

August 7, 2019

Recent research from the US Geological Survey has determined that the water cycle has been speeding up and slowing down over parts of the United States. The intensification of the water cycle is in keeping with the expectations of climate change, sometimes called the “drought and deluge” cycle. The data compiled covered the years 1945-1974 […]

New Estimate Finds Less Fresh Groundwater in U.S. Than Previously Assumed

August 2, 2019

The short-term solution to drought seems to be drilling our way out of it by drilling deeper groundwater wells. This seems to hold true for both agricultural and residential water use.  A new study out of the University of Arizona and the University of California, Santa Barbara has shown that drilling deeper might not be […]

U.S. Breaks Wettest 12-Month Record Again, With Consequences

July 18, 2019

The contiguous United States experienced the wettest 12-month period ever recorded, finds the latest report from NOAA’s National Centers for Environmental Information. According to NOAA, the average precipitation across the lower 48 states for July 2018 to June 2019 was 37.86 inches, which is 7.90 inches above average and reached a historic high. The earlier […]