Tag Archives: water

Fixing Water Infrastructure, Creating Jobs: A Win-Win for the Planet

If you had scanned the news on water issues over the past year, the following stories might have jumped out at you:
  • Children in Flint, Michigan, are likely suffering permanent brain damage caused by lead in the city’s water system.
  • Residents of São Paulo in Brazil—the most water-rich country on the planet—have turned on their … Continue Reading ››

5 Big Ideas to Save Our Global Food System

The key bases of our agricultural systems—the world’s land, water, and climate—ensure that farmers can feed the world. But these resources are being depleted, even as global demand for agricultural products is expected to mushroom in the coming decades. The United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) predicts that demand will be 60 percent … Continue Reading ››

Confronting Hidden Threats to Sustainability (Part 2): Pushing Limits

What questions are being overlooked or underappreciated when we talk about the world of tomorrow? This is the second of three exclusive sneak peeks into our newest State of the World publication, scheduled for official release April 13, 2015. Join us for the launch symposium in Washington, DC or Continue Reading ››

The Urgent Need to Shift to “Utility 2.0”

As the world tries to strike a balance between prosperity and sustainability, utilities find themselves at the eye of the storm in many of these debates. The ability to continue catering to the needs of burgeoning urban populations while keeping sustainability goals in sight will depend to a large extent on how utilities evolve. The term … Continue Reading ››

Cities Can Work with Farmers to Meet Growing Need for Water

By Sophie Wenzlau  As world population grows, meeting the demand for clean freshwater can be a serious challenge, especially for arid and semi-arid cities such as Los Angeles and Dubai. According to a report published in Water Policy earlier this year, cities around the world are struggling to access the water they … Continue Reading ››

The Looming Threat of Water Scarcity

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Some 1.2 billion people—almost a fifth of the world—live in areas of physical water scarcity, while another 1.6 billion face what can be called economic water shortage. The situation is only expected to worsen as population growth, climate change, investment and management shortfalls, and inefficient use of existing resources restrict the amount of water available to people.