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.

Time to Help The Top 10 Most Endangered Rivers

April 16, 2021

American Rivers announced their annual top 10 most endangered rivers. American Rivers released the America’s Most Endangered Rivers of 2021 report, and there’s plenty of work to do. From the Georgia to Massachusetts to Idaho, many rivers across the United States are threatened, with the potential of degraded water quality and ecology, and the loss […]

Ogallala Aquifer Depletion is Causing High Plains Farmers to Conserve

March 8, 2021

Ogalla Aquifer depletion is causing many High Plains farmers to change their practices in order to conserve as much water as possible and try to save the aquifer. Ogallala Aquifer depletion rates are causing the aquifer to run dry in parts. The drawdown, caused in large part by agricultural irrigation, is especially troubling in the […]

Atmospheric Rivers Replenish Water Supplies and Create Costly Storms

February 25, 2021

Atmospheric rivers draw moisture from oceans and can help replenish regional water supplies on the west coasts of major continents around the world. Unfortunately, they can also bring massive amounts of moisture that can cause damaging and costly storms, and climate change is intensifying the effects. Atmospheric rivers are long, narrow bands of moisture in […]

Ikea Products to Become More Sustainable, Including Water Use

February 23, 2021

Ikea products will become more sustainable in the company meets its goal of becoming 100 percent circular by 2030. Ikea products are known for their low cost and portability, which makes them useful to dorm students and city dwellers alike. A typical life cycle includes using the product for a short time after purchase then […]

Texas Power Outage Causing Austin Hospital Services Shutdown

February 18, 2021

A Texas power outage caused by severe cold weather that negatively impacted the state’s mostly independent and thoroughly unprepared power grid is causing Austin hospitals to curtail activities. The Texas power outage currently plaguing the state of Texas is teaching an unfortunate lesson about the nexus between water an energy that Austin hospitals never wanted […]

Working From Home Benefits Health But Not the Environment

January 26, 2021

Working from home might help many of us stay safer from COVID-19, but all the increased electricity generation that has resulted from it is not helping the environment. Working from home, for those of us who are fortunate enough to be able to do it, can help keep us safe from COVID-19, because it decreases […]

Extreme Drought Could Double Globally Due To Reduced Water Storage

January 14, 2021

Extreme Drought and Reduced Water Storage Will Increase if Climate Change Goes Unchecked More land on Earth — and the people who live there — will face extreme drought in the coming decades, projects new research published in Nature Climate Change. The international research team found that by late 21st century, the land area subject […]

Water Security Underlies All Security, Say United Nations, US Intelligence

December 9, 2020

Without Water Security, Insecurity Persists Two new reports released by the United Nations (UN) and the US National Intelligence Council (NIC) stated the most basic fact: Water security is fundamental to overall security. Without ample supply of clean freshwater for drinking, farming, industry and ecosystems, societies are destabilized. The report from the UN’s Food and […]

Water + Us: How We Think, Feel, and Take Action on Water

November 16, 2020

Do you know all about water? You might know less than you think. Recently, The Water Main – a social impact arm of American Public Media that endeavors to build public will in support of clean, accessible, affordable water – conducted “the first nationally representative survey designed to measure Americans’ knowledge, connection, concern and action […]