News Briefs

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.

Circle of Blue: Algae Blooms Keep Worsening as Agriculture Keep Polluting

September 30, 2022

A Circle of Blue series show that algae blooms are often tied to agricultural pollution that goes largely unregulated. The water and environment news outlet, Circle of Blue, created an important six-part series on the problem of harmful algal blooms and the difficult — but possible — solutions. Agricultural pollution sits at the the center […]

A Dry Climate Could Mean Water and Power Shortages

August 4, 2022

A drying climate in the American Southwest could lead to hydroelectric power shortages as lakes empty. Impact of a Dry Climate on Energy and Agriculture As the country’s two largest lakes – Lake Mead and Lake Powell – empty out from the effects of climate change on the region’s precipitation patterns, loss of power from […]

WaterLoop Podcast, Meet The Water Footprint Calculator

July 15, 2022

The waterloop podcast took time to discuss the Water Footprint Calculator and the importance of water footprints. An episode of the waterloop podcast featured the Water Footprint Calculator, with discussions about the importance of water footprints to everyday life and how the project gives people tools and resources to reduce their footprint. The podcast is […]

California Water Watch: A New Tool Helping Californians Cope With the Drought

June 6, 2022

California Water Watch is a new tool released by the Department of Water Resources that lets Californians look up their local water conditions. California Water Watch is a new site created by the California Department of Water Resources. The site compiles data from multiple sources in a way that allows users to view hydrological conditions […]

Federal Clean Water Rule Updates Are Again Expected. Farmers Are Again Wary.

June 2, 2022

As farmers await, an update to the federal Clean Water Act is expected to be issued by the Biden administration soon. Updates that provide greater protections under the federal Clean Water Act (CWA) are expected in the coming months, and many farmers and their associations are wary of potentially tighter new rules to follow. In […]

As Droughts Worsen Globally, Water Scarcity Likely to Grow For Agriculture

May 16, 2022

Drought and water scarcity in agriculture are expected to increase over time, according to two new reports. Drought due to climate change is growing, says a United Nations report, while another study finds that water scarcity is expected to increase in areas where crops are grown by 2050. According to the United Nations Convention to […]

US Electricity Generation Changes Have Meant a Drop in Water Use

January 27, 2022

US Electricity Generation is Changing its Fuel Sources, and Water Use Continues to Drop Over Time US electricity generation—or the way electricity is produced—has changed considerably in recent decades. One major power sector change is the reduction of water withdrawals for power plant cooling, according to newly released US Energy Information Agency (EIA) data. Water […]

Data Center Cooling and Water Stewardship

December 10, 2021

Data center cooling uses a lot of water, but the industry is beginning to use water more sustainably through various actions. Data center cooling takes a lot of water, which is problematic, especially when areas where data centers are located experience water scarcity issues. Some companies are taking steps to improve their water stewardship and […]

Ultra-Processed Food Has Significant Environmental Implications

November 16, 2021

Ultra-processed food has significant environmental implications for Brazil, including an increased national water footprint. Ultra-Processed Food Consumption Has Ecological Implications in Brazil A new study about ultra-processed food in Brazil found that, in addition to health consequences from increased consumption of foods like sausages, prepared meals, margarine, sweets and soft drinks, etc., there are significant […]