Requiring about 5 million gallons of fluid (mostly water) per well, it's clear that the water intensity of shale gas, in this case the Marcellus Shale gas, is more significant than previously thought and likely compels more diligent oversight of the oil and gas industry and its water use.
Happy America Recycles Day! But wait, there's more! It's also National Clean Out Your Refrigerator Day. (Seriously!) In honor of these beloved occasions, and because we care about your sustainability, behold Ecocentric's greatest hits on recycling, food waste and more!
Around the globe populations are growing, prosperity is rising and people are increasingly hungry for meat. Does the planet have enough resources to go around? The final of three posts about possible limits to global meat production.
Out of sight and out of mind, huge container ships glide from port to port, bringing us the goodies we crave, but what's their real cost?
How well we manage our food, water and energy systems - in a highly coordinated manner, of course - will determine the long-term sustainability and resilience of our society. You already know this if you take great interest in the food/water/energy nexus approach, because you're what we like to call a "nexus nerd."
Senior Energy Analyst John Rogers of UCS sees collisions everywhere - between the House and Senate, between Democrats and Republicans and between energy and water. Rogers explains why "a clear view of current energy-water collisions can certainly help point us to the fixes there."
The nation's power plants withdraw massive amounts of water every day from rivers, lakes, and the ocean, destroying 2 billion fish and 528 billion eggs and larvae each year. It's time for states to put a stop to this needless devastation.
Virtual water is a significant portion of your water footprint. Learn what it is, how to know how much you're consuming and how you can use less of it.
What is the 21st century outlook for the world's freshwater future? Some expect a dystopian future of drought, pollution, water and food shortages and, ultimately, "water wars" among nations. But World Water Week reminds us that cooperation might be more likely.
Oil industry giants have been pushing a wave of biofuel advertising, but the nature of such fuel is complex; just look at its many different "generations." Too often, this complexity mixed with the promise of clean, renewable biofuels descends into greenwashing.
When athletes and their teams champion the environment, we all win. The 2013 Green Sports Alliance Summit - highlighting the sustainability efforts of over 170 teams in seven leagues - takes place in Brooklyn next week.
The EPA estimates that the annual water requirement for hydraulic fracturing may range from 70 billion to 140 billion gallons (the energy-water nexus in High Definition!). But that's only the start of fracking's water problems!
Corporations around the world have taken a keen interest in the nexus of food, water and energy. In a recent workshop at The Wharton School, business leaders laid out the reasons why these interconnections are so important to their future.
Using NASA satellite data, a new paper by Dr. Jay Famiglietti and team identifies six US water hotspots that face either drought or flooding today and in the future. President Obama expresses concerns over water crises, but in order to create good policy, we need strong data.
The overreliance of US electricity generation on water has become an increasingly risky and difficult relationship to maintain in an age of weather extremes. The Union of Concerned Scientists has some ideas on what should be done differently to avoid a potentially grim future.
In this InSinkErator-funded study, a life cycle analysis was done for 12 disposal scenarios of food waste. According to the study, using a garbage disposal could help to curb climate change if your wastewater treatment system has an anaerobic digester that converts food waste into biogas.