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Peak Water: What Happens When the Wells Go Dry?

Peak Water: What Happens When the Wells Go Dry? | The Great Transition | Scoop.it

"Peak oil has generated headlines in recent years, but the real threat to our future is peak water. There are substitutes for oil, but not for water. We can produce food without oil, but not without water.

We drink on average four liters of water per day, in one form or another, but the food we eat each day requires 2,000 liters of water to produce, or 500 times as much. Getting enough water to drink is relatively easy, but finding enough to produce the ever-growing quantities of grain the world consumes is another matter."

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Great article from the Earth Policy Institute of Lester Brown.

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The Other Arab Spring

The Other Arab Spring | The Great Transition | Scoop.it
Environmental pressures, not just political and economic ones, stirred change in the Mideast.

 

Thomas Friedman makes the connection between environmental degradation in the Middle East and the Arab uprisings.

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New Report: Fracking Could Cause a New Global Water Crisis

New Report: Fracking Could Cause a New Global Water Crisis | The Great Transition | Scoop.it
New technology enabling the extraction of large quantities of oil and natural gas from shale and other rock formations could drive the world’s next great global water crisis unless it is banned, according to a new report released today by national consumer group Food & Water Watch.
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Water Risk in Supply Chains Draws Investor Scrutiny

Water Risk in Supply Chains Draws Investor Scrutiny | The Great Transition | Scoop.it
Jonas Kron is worried about water. The investment adviser at Trillium Asset Management, a $900 million fund manager that focuses on environmentally sustainable investment, fears the world’s dwindling supply of fresh water is hurting the companies...

 

Interesting Bloomberg story on dwindling freshwater supplies and the supply chain risks for industry and investors.

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Will Drought Cause the Next Blackout?

Will Drought Cause the Next Blackout? | The Great Transition | Scoop.it

"Our energy system depends on water. About half of the nation’s water withdrawals every day are just for cooling power plants. In addition, the oil and gas industries use tens of millions of gallons a day, injecting water into aging oil fields to improve production, and to free natural gas in shale formations through hydraulic fracturing.".

 

Good story in NY Times on how water problems will become energy problems.

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Is Water a Barrier to a Low-Carbon Energy Future?

Is Water a Barrier to a Low-Carbon Energy Future? | The Great Transition | Scoop.it
Ask an expert on clean tech what the largest barriers to a low carbon energy future are, and chances are they will list higher technology costs, policy barriers, or the need for new infrastructure to accommodate novel energy sources.But according to a set of expert panelists speaking at the MIT Energy Conference in Boston this Saturday, we're forgetting a big one: water.
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Ecosystem Economics: Navigating the Water-Food-Energy Nexus

Ecosystem Economics: Navigating the Water-Food-Energy Nexus | The Great Transition | Scoop.it
When we talk about natural resource constraints on business — such as shortages in water or increases in the cost of energy or agricultural products — we tend to forget how deeply intertwined these commodities are.

 

Excellent article from the Harvard Business Review blog showing big business is learning rapidly. Unfortunately policymakers are at least five years behind.

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Water's Economics as Muddy as Ever

Interesting article in Harvard Business Review on the economic costs of water scarcity and efforts by big companies to measure their "water footprint" and draw the necessary lessons.

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