Reducing water-food nexus pressures
Nov23

Reducing water-food nexus pressures

With the global population projected to reach 9 billion in 2050, demand for food is expected to increase by over 50% in 2030 and 70% in 2050. Already agriculture is the largest user of water with irrigation Click & Tweet! accounting for nearly 70% of all freshwater withdrawals. It is estimated that to meet this increased demand for food, global agricultural water consumption will increase by around 19% by 2050, but this figure could...

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New book out soon: Urban Water Security (Wiley)
Aug13

New book out soon: Urban Water Security (Wiley)

In the 21st Century, the world will see an unprecedented migration of people moving from rural to urban areas. With global demand for water projected to outstrip supply in the coming decades, cities will likely face water insecurity as a result of climate change and the various impacts of urbanisation. Traditionally, urban water managers have relied on large-scale, supply-side infrastructural projects to meet increased demands for...

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DC having fun while improving sustainability
Aug10

DC having fun while improving sustainability

A key aspect of greening the economy is encouraging organizations and individuals to reduce their ecological footprints. To achieve this the District of Columbia (DC) has initiated the Smarter DC Challenge and Power DC program to help organizations and buildings, as well as individuals, reduce resource consumption in a friendly and fun way. Smarter DC Challenge: having fun while improving sustainability The Smarter DC Challenge...

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LA cutting the costs of importing water
Jun28

LA cutting the costs of importing water

In the United States around 40 terawatt-hours (TWh) of electricity is used per year in the delivery and treatment of drinking water. Of that pumping comprises 90% of the total consumption. What this figure does not include is the cost of ‘importing’ water: in California around 9 TWh of electricity is used alone for long-distance conveyance. With climate change droughts and extreme weather events projected to lower water availability...

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Sustainable water cities optimizing urban water use
May25

Sustainable water cities optimizing urban water use

Arcadis’ new Sustainable Cities Water Index identifies which cities around the world harness their water assets to their greatest long-term advantage. Based on three main themes of resilience, efficiency and quality the Water Index ranked Rotterdam, Copenhagen, Amsterdam, Berlin, Brussels, Toronto, Frankfurt, Sydney, Birmingham and Manchester as the world’s 10 most sustainable cities for water. What makes these cities stand out is...

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