Water efficiency critical for future energy demand
May13

Water efficiency critical for future energy demand

By 2050, the world’s economy will be four times its current size. While it will result in a less than proportional increase in water demand the global economy will still require 55% more water as compared to today. To power a larger global economy thermal power plants will require 140% more water: currently 90% of power generation worldwide is water-intensive while energy production accounts for around 15% of all water withdrawals and...

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Corporate water risk management strategies
May13

Corporate water risk management strategies

For the first time, the World Economic Forum’s annual Global Risks report has ranked the water supply crises as the number 1 global risk to businesses over the next ten years. Meaning the number 1 risk to businesses is their inability to access, sustainably, good quality water of sufficient quantity necessary for the creation of economic goods and services. How are companies exposed to water risks? Companies need to understand the...

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Managing water-energy nexus pressures in the MENA region
May13

Managing water-energy nexus pressures in the MENA region

The Middle East and North Africa (MENA) region is one of the most water scarce regions in the world. In 1950, per capita renewable water resources were 4,000 cubic metres per year. Currently, this figure is 1,100 cubic metres and by 2050 it will drop to 550 cubic metres as a result of climate change and rapid urbanization. With water and wastewater services requiring energy and energy production requiring water, the MENA region faces...

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Toronto communicating the value of urban forests
May13

Toronto communicating the value of urban forests

Toronto’s urban forests are a significant asset to the city. Valued at $7 billion they produce, each year, $28 million worth of ecosystem services for the city, including carbon sequestration and flood protection. The challenge is many people, including policy and decision-makers, fail to make the connection between urban forests and the numerous economic, environmental, cultural and recreational benefits they provide. Toronto has...

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