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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.

Water Shortages Increase Investment Risks in Companies

August 20, 2021

Water shortages that impact business operations could create risk for investors by lowering stock prices, but not all companies report water use data. Water Shortages Lead to Water Risks Water shortages could impact investors in unfortunate ways through reduced company productivity, and, consequently, reduced stock prices. Unfortunately, while many companies might have policies that address […]

As Western US Drought Deepens, Agriculture Must Adapt…Again

May 24, 2021

Drought covers almost the entire Western US, which means the biggest water user — agriculture — must adapt to water shortages. Drought now extends across 96 percent of the American West, with more than 50 percent either in “exceptional” or “extreme” drought. With the coming summer and dry months ahead, prospects don’t look promising for […]

Environmental Problems on Earth Day: Don’t Forget About Water Use

April 21, 2021

Environmental problems led to the first Earth Day in 1970 Environmental problems that led to the creation of the first Earth Day in 1970 included (among many) air pollution that made people sick, pesticide pollution that made birds die and water pollution that made rivers burn.  Since then, the United States has seen many gains […]

New York City Watersheds Provide More Than Just Drinking Water

March 19, 2021

The New York City Water System places a high value on its watersheds, as we see in the quality of its drinking water and the variety of products that come from within it. Here, we consider the value of our watersheds for World Water Day, on March 22, with this year’s theme the “value of […]

US Agriculture is Using Less Water, Study Shows

February 17, 2021

US agriculture decreased its overall water use from 1995 to 2010 because of changes in farming practices, as well as changes in domestic food demand and global supply chains. Decline in Agricultural Water Withdrawals Will there be enough water to produce food for burgeoning populations as climate change disruptions amplify water stress? This question looms […]

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 […]

Spotlight: Water Calculator’s Interview with the Water Footprint Network

January 28, 2019

Editor’s Note: The following interview comes from the Water Footprint Network’s January 2019 newsletter. The field of Water Footprint Assessment has been evolving over the past 16 years. In this interview, we reflect on the past impact and future challenges of this great and growing field. Water Footprinting is a Growing Field In this interview, […]