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Almond Board Sets Sustainability Goals

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Sometimes, one little [big] drought is all it takes… The Almond Board of California – an industry trade group – is trying to improve the image of ‘big almond’ with its recent announcement of the details of their initiative called “Almond Orchard Goals 2025. The industry pledged to cut water use by 20 percent, among other sustainability initiatives. This is …

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How to Sustainably Feed 10 Billion People by 2050, in 21 Charts

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In order to feed the 10 billion people expected to inhabit the planet by 2050 without also completely trashing it, several issues will have to be addressed in order to close the food, land and Greenhouse Gas (GHG) emissions gaps that prevent sustainability. A new report from the World Resources Institute (WRI) has identified 22 solutions that need to be simultaneously …

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US Government’s Climate Change Report Shows Water Security Threatened—Today

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Last week the US federal government released the important National Climate Assessment, which stated that human health, life and economies are endangered as reliable clean water for agriculture, urban areas, industry and ecosystems are “increasingly in jeopardy.” Mandated by Congress, the National Climate Assessment is a mammoth and comprehensive report that involves more than 300 scientists, and besides the IPCC, …

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Remember Holiday Meals and Forgo Food Waste

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Thanksgiving and other holidays are the perfect time to consider just how egregious food waste is in America. A new study by two Texas A&M researchers focused on how people react to wasted food at organizations like supermarkets, retail stores, cafeterias and restaurants. The study found that people who cared more about the resources needed to produce food cared more …

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State Water Plan Monographs From 17 States

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The American Water Resources Association held its third National Leadership Institute (NLI) Workshop for State Officials. The workshop resulted in the production of a report that presents state water plans. Seventeen states participated. Contributors followed a common format, providing an elevator pitch that succinctly described each plan. They provided the statutory underpinnings, the planning horizons, scheduled deadlines and current status …

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Basra’s Poisonous Water Demands International Action

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Violent protests erupted in Basra this summer in response to the deterioration of public services. At the center is a water supply crisis brought about by mismanagement and overuse of water resources for energy and water, as well as a lack of investments in water treatment systems that left water undrinkable. Basra city was famous for its date palms, fruits …

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New Indirect Potable Reuse Project Comes To Southwest

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Arizona has been reusing wastewater since the 1920’s, but new rules permitting direct potable reuse make it possible for utilities to plan new drinking water projects.  Treated wastewater would have to go through “a multistage, multi-barrier treatment process with controls, real-time monitoring, a whole lot of microbial monitoring and chemical monitoring,” according to hydrogeologist Chuck Graf. A new $2.2 million system …