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How Can You Reduce Your Water Footprint?

How Can You Reduce Your Water Footprint? | green infographics |

How much water do you use every day?  The answer might surprise you

A paper released online last week in the journal Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences concluded that Americans significantly underestimate their water use.

Curious how my friends and family would fare, I reached out via social media and posed the simple question, “how much water do you use each day?”  The results in my quick survey ranged to from 2 gallons to 300 gallons, but the most common estimate was 10 to 15 gallons per day.  In reality, Americans use closer to 90 gallons of water a day.  To put things in perspective, a 10-minute shower with an EPA WaterSense labeled high efficiency showerhead consumes 22 gallons, while a 20 minute shower with an older, high flow showerhead could be as much as 100 gallons.  Last month, Governor Brown declared a state of emergency and called on all Californians to conserve water in every way possible. 

Knowing how much water you use, and how and where you use it, are important first steps in determining the most effective ways you can save water in your home and business.

Alison D. Gilbert's curator insight, March 12, 2014 7:43 PM

Water, water, everywhere but not a drop to waste.

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Interactive Infographic: Your Daily Dose of Water

Interactive Infographic: Your Daily Dose of Water | green infographics |
Find out all the hidden ways your daily habits add to your water footprint on a typical day.


In America, the average person uses nearly 2,000 gallons of water per day. Every time you flush the toilet, wash your hands, drive your car, or take a bite of your lunch, you're using water. The biggest surprise may be that 95 percent of your water footprint isn't from a long shower or running your washing machine—it's from the food, energy and products you use every day. Check out our interactive infographic that shows all the ways your daily dose of water adds up on a typical day...

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Water Footprint of an American | The Nature Conservancy

Water Footprint of an American | The Nature Conservancy | green infographics |

The “water footprint” of the average American is 32,911 glasses per day. That’s according to a recent study by a Conservancy partner organization, the Water Footprint Network.

No wonder another recent report co-authored by Conservancy scientist Brian Richter has found that water scarcity affects about 2.7 billion people for at least one month each year.

Where is all this water? It’s used to produce the food we eat, clothes we wear and more. And where does it come from? Nature. In fact, about 70 percent of the water extracted from rivers, lakes and aquifers is for agriculture.

Evalis Palomares's curator insight, September 1, 2015 1:57 AM

Water conservancy is a big deal especially right now in California. 70% of our water being extracted from rivers, aquifers, etc are being imported for the use of our agriculture because it drives our economy. Our chaparral environment makes it great for growing crops. Cities like Oxnard, CA are home to the greatest strawberries in the world. Despite the fact that our water levels are decreasing because of the drought, our agriculture water intake remains the same. New methods need to be implicated for the benefit of conserving water. Methods such as recycling water is a definite option but requires money, and unfortunately our priorities are mainly set on medicare, social security, and defense. I believe people are yet to be educated about the amount of water going down the drain not being utilized. I believe in the information coming from the source because it traces back to The Nature Conservancy organization, thus being credible. The structure of this article is very straight forward. Mainly highlighting factual information on the subject, what we can do, and including outside resources. I do find that there isn't as much commentary as I would like to have present in the initial article. 

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Our Global Footprint

Our Global Footprint | green infographics |

All of us depend on nature to live. In some ways, Earth’s bounty is like a bank account, which is recharged, for instance by sun-powered plant growth. Against this account, we—as individuals, as nations, and as a global community—are constantly making withdrawals.

But as human numbers and activities increase, we spend more and more against nature’s account. Are we withdrawing at a rate that exceeds nature’s ability to recharge this account? Are we able to maintain a positive balance?

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Why Carbon Footprints Matter: Calculating Your Impact

Why Carbon Footprints Matter: Calculating Your Impact | green infographics |
The energy that powers the world comes mostly from coal, gas, and oil, and that’s led us to CO2 levels over 390 parts per billion now, and climate change. We can think of climate change as a design question: where do we want to end up? Impact studies tell us what will happen to the planet as we warm up—it's basically a litany of horrors. At a 1.5 degree increase, we'll lose 10 percent of species. At 2 degrees, we'll lose 90 percent of coral reefs. At 3 degrees, 1 to 4 billion people will face water shortages, leading to war across the planet.
We need to each understand the basic math behind energy and climate change so we can reach the right solutions. We need a massive shift to renewable energy, and we also need changes in our everyday lives. One first step is understanding your own carbon footprint. 
Duane Craig's curator insight, February 7, 2013 10:24 AM

It's strange how so many are concerned about leaving debt to the next generations, but unconcerned about leaving a compromised environment.

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What is YOUR Carbon footprint?

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Footspotting: Global Carbon Footprint Infographic

Footspotting: Global Carbon Footprint Infographic | green infographics |

As Sustainability month draws to a close, we've dug up a gem from the Coroflot archives: Stanford Kay's excellent infographic of global carbon emissions.

Kay's design succeeds in representing a potentially overwhelming set of data on several levels: some 200+ different countries are represented by bubbles, color-coded by continent, where the size of each is proportional to its carbon emissions.

Moreover, the arrangement of the bubbles completes the metaphor, adding a further dimension of scale to the graphic: it is difficult, if not impossible, to see the big picture when one is perusing the names of the individual countries. Thus, Kay's infographic also reminds us not to miss the forest for the trees.

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Visualizing the Global Carbon Footprint

Visualizing the Global Carbon Footprint | green infographics |

One of the key things I reinforce in conversations about globalization is that the advantages are unevenly distributed and the negative externalities to the system are also unevenly distributed.  This clever infographic highlights both rather effectively. 

Via Seth Dixon
Dale Fraza's comment, February 27, 2012 3:26 PM
Really surprised at a couple things:
1. Brazil's relative tinyness in comparison with the U.S. Guess I've always just heard bad things about Brazil in regards to deforestation and the like.
2. Just how much a formerly agricultural nation (China) has exploded. Something really needs to be done about the environmental havoc they are wreaking (not to be a total ethnocentrist or anything).