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.
Every holiday 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!
This year, a "late" US Thanksgiving coincides merrily with an early Hanukkah for the first time since 1888. Here are some sustainable travel tips from the Ecocentric team to help you enjoy traveling to spend the holidays with your nearest and dearest.
There are a whole lot of resources that go into the meat you eat, many of which are not obvious or accounted for. Find out why meat production is so resource-intensive. The second of three posts about possible limits to global meat production.
Wondering what to do about your unused prescription and over-the-counter medications? Before you flush them down the drain, check out what the FDA and your state and local governments recommend.
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."
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.
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.
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.
Climate change, global warming and weather all impact each other but they aren't the same things. Read about the difference and find out how they're all making droughts and floods worse.
After 40 years of bureaucratic paralysis and continued decimation of the nation's ecosystems and fisheries, hundreds of the power plants - now 40, 50 or 60 years old - still use antiquated, once-through cooling systems. After missing yet another deadline, will the US EPA ever rein in these plants' massive water use? And what can we do in the meantime?