Understanding how much water we use and where is the first step to conserving one of our most precious resources. In the Portneuf Valley, the water we drink and water our lawns with originally comes from snow that falls in the Scout Mountain area. As the snow melts, it seeps into the ground and finally ends up in our aquifer.
Your city water bill reflects the costs of protecting groundwater, pumping it out of the ground, and delivering it to homes and businesses.
The Water Risk Framework shown above is the foundation of Aqueduct’s database of water information. It includes 14 indicators, grouped in 3 categories of water risk to businesses: Physical Risk (QUANTITY), Physical Risk (QUALITY) and Regulatory & Reputational Risks. The indicators were chosen based on their relevance to company \ decision-makers as well as on data availability in the public domain. Aqueduct’s Water Risk Framework focuses on measuring business risks posed by water, thus drawing out elements that are relevant to business and financial institutions alikeencouraging the private sector to collaborate with public sector leaders to create more equitable, efficient, and sustainable water resources management policies and legislation.
The 3 categories of water-related business risk were determined by WRI in collaboration with industry experts, financial analysts, and water specialists, and include:
Physical Risks (QUANTITY): capture a measure of the risks to business driven by having access to too little water (scarcity) or threatened by too much water (floods);
Physical Risks (QUALITY): capture a measure of the risks to business driven by water that is unfit for use due to pollution.
Regulatory and Reputational Risks: capture a measure of the risks to businesses driven by unstable regulatory environments and social tensions and conflicts around water.
To learn more about individual indicators, how they are calculated, and how they contribute to an overall picture of water risk, download the detailed indicator descriptions table
by The Daily Catch February 25, 2013 in News, Science/Tech
Nature: The sea is a big place. Most fish are small. So it stands to reason that it is difficult to work out with any degree of accuracy just how many fish live in the sea. One way is to measure how many fish we pull out of it. But is that the best way? Or even an accurate way? In two Comment pieces this week, starting on page 303, fisheries scientists debate the issue. It is a crucial one. Worldwide, more than US$200 billion of fish were caught or farmed in 2010. How long can that continue?
In one piece, Daniel Pauly argues that ‘catch data’ of the number of fish caught are a vital tool for assessing the health of fish stocks. In their counterpoint piece, Ray Hilborn and Trevor Branch warn that over-reliance on this measure misses important subtleties and can misleadingly distil the health of entire ecosystems down to a landed tonnage. This is far from an academic debate. If scientists cannot estimate fish numbers, and so the health of stocks, there is little hope that this resource can be exploited in a sustainable fashion.
The following is an excerpt from Jan-6-2013 when Anthony Leiserowitz was talking with Bill Moyers about a Global Warming Gallup world poll, the first every scientific quality survey conducted in 130-plus countries around the world.
ANTHONY LEISEROWITZ: "... It's a remarkable scientific achievement. And one of the things that it taught us right from the very beginning that to be honest surprised me, four out of ten people on planet Earth have never heard of climate change.... Forty percent. And in fact, when you look in particular countries, even countries that are kind of poster child countries for climate change like Bangladesh, it rises to two-thirds of people have never heard of climate change. In some countries it's 75 percent have never heard of climate change....
Currently we are scheduled, unless we change direction to go through the two-degree mark. And in fact, we're heading on towards three degrees, four degrees and perhaps even six degrees centigrade warmer than in the past. As you go things get much, much worse. And in fact, let me just use a simple analogy.
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