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Water Security Close to Home

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August 29, 2014

According to the Global Water Forum, by 2050 over 40% of the world’s population will live in water stressed regions. Concerns about water security is not a new topic, but as droughts ravage the western United States it is impossible to ignore the rising sense of urgency in regions very…  

categories: climate change, ecological limits, environmental health, natural disaster, risk, socially responsible investing, sustainable investing, water, weather

Shale gas and water use

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November 21, 2012

Modern shale gas extraction, known as hydraulic fracturing, has expanded access to carbon fuel reserves in the U.S. that would have been considered unattainable just five years ago.  The implications are significant for both the economy and the environment. Natural gas currently accounts for almost a quarter of U.S. energy…  

categories: energy, greenhouse gas emissions, natural gas, water

The Future of Water: Supply Cannot Keep Up with Demand

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November 2, 2012

A new report on challenges facing the world’s water supply offers a dire prediction that by 2030 we can expect a massive gap between the sustainable supply of water and the projected demand. The compelling report, “Charting Our Water Future…,” was written by the 2030 Water Resources Group,  

categories: ecological limits, energy, risk, water

Data Centers Debated

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October 5, 2012

The digital age allows many of us to send emails instantly, shop online, and store documents in “the cloud.”  But the demands of our digital consumption are powered by large data centers that process information requests and store large amounts of data, all with an environmental impact.  A recent series…  

categories: energy, global warming, greenhouse gas emissions, regulations, water

Fresh Water Deficit

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June 22, 2012

People need fresh water to live; manufacturers need fresh water to produce; and economic growth is dependent on abundant fresh water supplies.  Water is essential for moving waste, keeping us and the environment healthy, as well as for producing food, clothing, and iPhones.  Yet, most people in the developed world…  

categories: ecological limits, ecosystem services, environmental health, environmental justice, water

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