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U.S. Mayors Ask Residents To Participate In Challenge for Water Conservation

(3BL Media/Justmeans) - Since April 1, mayors across the U.S. have been asking their residents to commit to conserving water and reducing pollution by participating in a national contest. The focus of the Mayor’s Challenge for Water Conservation is reducing water and energy use. Participants have a chance to win prizes, including a Toyota Prius Plug-In. The contest lasts through the month.

Coca-Cola International Water Initiatives to Benefit Four Million In Africa By 2020

(3BL Media/Justmeans) – Currently, in all corners of the world, shortages of water and sanitation persist. As a result, countries have started to secure clean and safe water resources to protect their citizens against water-related disasters.

Three Ways California Agriculture Can Reduce Water Use

Almost the entire state of California is suffering from the fourth year of a historic drought. California is also the state with the largest agricultural sector in the U.S. Half of the domestically grown fruit, nuts and vegetables are grown in the golden state, which leads the nation in value of agricultural products. 

The Role of Women in Disaster Risk Reduction

Women are disproportionately impacted by disasters but they are rarely included in disaster planning. That must change.

US Water Consumption Lowest in Decades

(3BL Media/Justmeans) - One of the challenges we can expect to face in a climate-changed world is a dramatic redistribution of water resources. Some areas will experience drought, as California and all of the Southwest is currently facing, while others will be forced to deal with flooding, either from massive storms or snowmelt in the spring. These are enormous challenges which could threaten our economy and in some cases our livelihoods. The question of how we can prepare for this is an overwhelming one, though we know that we can surely benefit by becoming more resilient. In this context, this means, among other things, reducing the level of water consumption required for our way of life. That also implicitly means reducing our energy consumption, since the two are so inextricably linked.

There is some good news on that score. According to the US Geological Survey (USGS), in a report issued earlier this week, water use in the US, as of the year 2010 has fallen to the lowest level since before 1970. This was largely due to reductions in the two largest water consuming activities: thermoelectric power generation and agricultural irrigation. The biggest drop was in withdrawals for feeding and cooling thermal power plants, which accounts for about 45% of all water withdrawals. That number fell by 20%. This derived from a migration away from fossil fuel plants, particularly coal, as well as improved efficiency. Irrigation, which accounts for another 33% of all withdrawals, fell by 9%. Public water supply withdrawals also fell by 5% despite an increase in population. The only areas that saw increases were aquaculture and mining. What’s not clear is whether that trend will begin to reverse with severe droughts like the one currently underway in California, which has already reversed decades of progress in air quality improvement.

These numbers were rolled up at a national level. Drilling down into the numbers, as the folks at the Hamilton Project did, shows a wide variation in water usage and water availability across the various regions of the country. Just because the national average is down, deosn't mean that some areas aren't struggling.

H&M Proves Sustainable Fashion Is Possible

Can a company with 3,300 clothing stores around the world create sustainable fashion? Swedish company H&M is showing that it is possible. The clothing retailer recently launched a new collection, Conscious Denim, for women, men and children. At least 50 percent of each garment is made from sustainable materials including organic cotton, organic linen and recycled wool.

Cities on the Verge: How Data and Technology Will Accelerate Urban Sustainability

GreenBiz's VERGE Salon focused on next-gen buildings and cities

California Senators Introduce Legislation To Help Ease the Pain of Drought

All of California is in a drought and a huge swath of the state is in the worst category, exceptional drought. The drought is causing major problems for the state, including wildfires. The California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection has responded to over 4,000 wildfires across the state since January 1. One of those wildfires is currently raging within Yosemite National Park. Water wells are also going dry in some communities.

Hospital In California’s Drought Stricken Central Valley Will Use Recycled Water

In case you live in a bubble and don’t know that California is in the third year of one of its worst droughts, driving through many towns in the state this summer might give you a clue something is not normal. Many public properties feature brown lawns, as do many lawns in residential areas. The San Joaquin Valley is one area that is already dry due to its desert climate.

Water Needs Energy, and Energy Needs Water: Canadian Power

A quarter of the energy supply in Ontario is provided by renewable waterpower (1). On the flip side “generating steam and pumping, treating and heating water consume 40% of Ontario’s natural gas and 12% of our electricity usage.” (2)  
 

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