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Meat Madness

Frances Moore Lappe | Posted 11.10.2016 | Green
Frances Moore Lappe

Drawn from World Hunger: 10 Myths, by Frances Moore Lappe and Joseph Collins. It's a "protein factory in reverse!" I declared more than forty years a...

Top 5 Thirst-Quenching (and Thirsty) Summertime Beverages

Kyle Rabin | Posted 08.13.2016 | Green
Kyle Rabin

Bottoms up on the lemonade and these other beverages. Don't waste it. As John Oliver touched upon in a recent segment on food waste, if you're tossing food (or drink), you're also tossing water.

Watermark (Pt. 5)

Peter Neill | Posted 07.21.2016 | Green
Peter Neill

To solve the freshwater problem that is now evident around the globe, we must first understand how much water is actually available, how much we use, to what purpose, using what system, in what condition, and with what realistic capacity given rapid climate change and its visible and continuing catastrophic effect.

How Big Is Your Water Footprint? You'll Be Surprised

Peter Hanlon | Posted 06.28.2015 | Green
Peter Hanlon

For many of us, these current and future water crises mean we need to use water as productively as possible and cut back on waste. But to get there we first need to know how much water we use every day, and most of us have no idea.

What Bill Gates Thinks About The Future Of Eating Meat

The Huffington Post | Lydia O'Connor | Posted 04.21.2015 | Green

Bill Gates says reducing the environmental footprint of meat consumption isn't just about moderation. It's also about innovation. In a blog post ti...

This Is How We Can Have Enough Water to Support a Future Population of 9 Billion People

Angela Morelli | Posted 06.13.2015 | Impact
Angela Morelli

If we really want to have enough water to support a future global population of 9 billion people we should protect the world's farmers, because they play such a crucial role in managing 92 percent of the water we use, by producing the world's food.

Hidden Water: 8 Ways We Use Water That Might Surprise You

Kyle Rabin | Posted 05.24.2015 | Green
Kyle Rabin

As people learn about their virtual water use, they're realizing that water isn't an infinite resource and that there is plenty we can do to use water more efficiently -- which benefits both the environment and the wallet.

Which Of Your Favorite Foods Are Hiding A Massive Water Footprint?

The Huffington Post | Katherine Boehrer | Posted 04.13.2015 | Green

Extensive drought has Californians thinking twice about running the tap while brushing their teeth or taking that 20-minute shower. But what some peop...

Facebook App Monitors Daily Water Consumption

ecofabulous | Posted 07.19.2013 | HuffPost Home

The Huffington Post is proud to feature an original story by ecofabulous. Your carbon footprint is not a dirty shoe trail, which won’t be news to...

Resizing Electricity's Water Footprint

Peter Hanlon | Posted 08.05.2013 | Green
Peter Hanlon

Among all the resources that go into producing electricity, water often gets lost in the shuffle. Here's what we know: It can take a lot of water to generate electricity. How much? Well, that's a complicated question.

World Water Day 2013

Peter H. Gleick | Posted 05.22.2013 | Green
Peter H. Gleick

Some thoughts for today: the bad news and good news for World Water Day. (First, I think every day should be World Water Day, not just March 22nd, but hey, that's just me.)

WATCH: The Water Footprint Of A T-Shirt

Posted 01.27.2013 | Green

Do you know the environmental impact of the shirt on your back? This new video from World Wildlife Fund and National Geographic’s “Make Each Ch...

World Faces 40 Percent Freshwater Shortfall By 2030: Report

Andy Wales | Posted 11.20.2012 | Impact
Andy Wales

The world faces a projected 40 percent shortfall in freshwater by 2030. So it's no surprise that the central theme of the annual World Water Week conference held last week in Stockholm is how to produce more food while using less water in the process.

Drought-Proofing Our Diet

Wendy Gordon | Posted 10.20.2012 | Green
Wendy Gordon

As the drought drives up prices on all corn-derived products, including milk, eggs, beef and processed foods, now seems like a good time to ask ourselves whether a diet so dependent on corn makes any sense.

Exporting Water in a Drought

Joe S. Whitworth | Posted 10.14.2012 | Green
Joe S. Whitworth

Though water is coming under pressure, we don't have a water supply problem, we have a water management problem. Consumers need to understand our water footprints and reward water-efficient goods.

The Amount Of Water It Takes To Make A Hamburger

Posted 06.25.2012 | Home

It takes 2393 liters of water to make a single hamburger. While that number sounds pretty staggering on its own, 2393 is not exactly easy to visualize...

What's Your Water footprint? Water Security, Global Health and Chocolate Bars

Dr. Layla McCay | Posted 05.23.2012 | Impact
Dr. Layla McCay

Unless we're one of the (mostly) women and girls who spend 200 million hours a year fetching it from wells or rivers, we have no particular incentives to ration water -- and it's running out.

Humanity's Growing Impact on the World's Freshwater

Sandra Postel | Posted 05.20.2012 | Green
Sandra Postel

On any given day we're likely wearing more than 15,000 liters worth of water. And if we slip on a pair of leather loafers, well, add another 8,000 liters.

Ecosystem Economics: Navigating the Water-Food-Energy Nexus

Andrew Winston | Posted 04.02.2012 | Green
Andrew Winston

If a community runs out of water, it affects everyone in the area, even companies that were good stewards of the resource. The collective nature of these resources means that everyone shares both the responsibilities for their protection and the risks of their scarcity.

Why Are We Talking About Beef on World Water Day?

Robyn Griggs Lawrence | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green
Robyn Griggs Lawrence

The average American uses nearly 2,000 gallons a day -- twice the global average -- and nearly 95 percent of that is hidden in the food we eat, the energy we use, the products we buy, and the services we rely on.

What Takes More Water To Make: Wine Or Chocolate?

The Huffington Post | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green

March 22 is World Water Day, and there is no better day to become more conscious about the items you use and consume, and just how much water is neede...

Is Water the Next Carbon?

Andrew Winston | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green
Andrew Winston

In the sense that businesses need to consider the risks and opportunities inherent in managing natural resource pressures, they represent similar challenges. But we see a few differences between the two.

A Drop In The Bucket: Sensors Reduce Golf Course Water Use | LARRY DORMAN | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green

"We were a very efficient operation to start with," said Shawn Emerson, the superintendent at Desert Mountain Golf Club, a complex of six courses with...

Water Footprint: How Much Water Your Stuff Takes

Huffington Post | Dave Burdick | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green

We've all heard about carbon footprints. We know that the stuff we buy and use leaves a long trail of... stuff. A T-shirt involved growing cotton, whi...

Water Footprint Calculator And Water Use Facts | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green

Recently all the talk has been about carbon footprints. What about water footprints? Water conservation efforts will be big news in 2009. Historically...