Journalist Stephen Leahy's new book about water footprints is a great introduction to the mysterious world of virtual water. We recently asked him about how he became interested in water footprints, his suggestions for what readers can do and how his own water footprint measures up.
Imagine the devastation if California agriculture was solely dependent on rainfall with no access to irrigation. Just because rain falls from the sky (or doesn't), it shouldn't be excluded from water footprints.
It's World Water Week and we're happy to report that this year's theme is "Water and Energy." Have a look at our curated list of recent posts that help to illustrate just a few examples of how water and energy are connected, and what that means for all of us.
Rarely is the food, water and energy nexus presented as convenient, much less in ways that are easy to understand. But if you strip away all the complex discussions and you're left with this simple idea: A sustainable choice in any one of these three systems is likely to be a sustainable choice for the other two, as well.
While hanging out in the yard can be carefree summer fun, saving water is serious business, especially as a devastating drought continues in the southwest US. But with these tips, conserving water doesn't have to be a drag.
California could save up to 13.8 million acre-feet of water a year through water-saving and recycling strategies, and a new report aims to motivate statewide action by calling attention to water-saving methods that lie within arms reach.
A new Indiana University study illustrates how little people know about water use and the virtual water content of food. Not to worry - GRACE has you covered! Our Water Footprint Calculator can help you learn how much water you use each day while you're showering, watering your lawn and eating.
While forecasting future rainfall is a shaky business, a turn towards California's hydrological history might be useful to understand the possible climate and water availability scenarios the state might encounter.
"Meet the Nexus: How Food, Water and Energy are Connected" is our guide that shows how making even one good decision about how you use food, water or energy resources can have a positive impact on the others. Even the simple cheese slice you might have had for lunch has a rich story to tell!
If you are concerned about water shortages or want to do as much as you can to protect freshwater habitats, you might consider the following four ways to substantially lighten your personal water footprint. The arrival of a new year is always a good time to adopt new resolutions!
Every holiday gathering and season presents an overwhelming array of decisions, conundrums and opportunities for fun. Here are some good ones (we think) you might find interesting as we embark on The Most Wonderful Time of the Year. If nothing else, they're great conversation fodder!
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.
A new study comes to a counter-intuitive conclusion: City residents have bigger carbon footprints than suburban or country residents. (Well, at least in Finland.) How is that possible? Higher consumption, and that has big implications no matter where you live.
A group of people who research, manage and write about the energy-water nexus recently gathered at the National Science Foundation (NSF) in Washington, DC to determine research needs to help the country achieve sustainability at the nexus. Here's what they found.
Have you ever wondered what your state government does to ensure that water is used wisely in your state? Maybe you wondered how your state's efforts compare to those of others? Now you can find out in an Alliance for Water Efficiency (AWE) report that graded all 50 states on their efforts.
As demand for resources grows, a strategy that focuses solely on food production while ignoring inefficiency and waste will not be enough.