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Green Beer: 4.2 Billion Pints (and 166 Billion Gallons of Water) on St. Paddy’s Day

Today the smiling Irish and those who imbibe with them will drink about 1 percent of the total amount of beer consumed annually, according to Consumer Reports and market research. How much beer is that exactly? Marketing firm Canadean has said that global beer consumption will top 2 billion hectoliters (52.8 billion gallons) by 2013.…

Agriculture Becomes Our Top Environment Issue

Worldwatch Institute released its annual State of the World report this week, with a clear message that the state of agriculture–both small- and large-scale, domestic and local–is a mirror from which we can gauge the health of the planet and the fate of our species. Traditional views toward hunger alleviation, for the more than 1…

Americans Value Water More Than Energy, and Want Government to Fix Leaking Pipes

Ninety-five percent of Americans say water delivery is more important than access to energy sources and internet and cell phone service, according to a survey released last week by ITT, a $10.9-billion company with a $3.5-billion water engineering and infrastructure business. ITT also asked survey participants* if they think federal, state, and local governments should…

World Water Week Wrap Up: Hard Truths with a Twist of Optimism and a Shot of Innovation

The 20th annual World Water Week came to an end last Friday in Stockholm. Among the roughly 2,500 people there were leading water experts from the fields of engineering, biology, ecology, education, hydrology, politics, chemistry, and negotiation. Are they optimistic? 2010 Stockholm Water Prize winner Rita Colwell summed it up for National Geographic News by…

Water Experts Warn There is Not Enough H2O for Low-Carbon Energy

Water shortages could mean trouble in our race to find enough clean energy to fuel the planet. By Tasha Eichenseher in Stockholm, Sweden This post is part of a special news series on global water issues. Over the next 20 to 30 years, we will see population growth and development lead to even greater water…

World Water Week: Best in Design

World Water Week, held every year for the last 20 in design-centric Stockholm, Sweden, is not without eye candy, or for that matter innovation. By Tasha Eichenseher in Stockholm, Sweden This post is part of a special news series on global water issues. World Water Week is no Consumer Electronics Show. I don’t see100-foot screens…

365 Trillion Gallons of Water Thrown Away With Our Food Every Year

Next time the person sitting across the table from me jokes about my tendency to finish every last bite, I will be able to defend my gut reaction to not waste food. (After I’m finished chewing, of course.) Recent studies now quantify the water and energy costs of discarded and spoiled produce, grains, meat, and…

Drip Irrigation to Solve Famine in the Sahel?

Local vegetable markets in Niger, Benin, Burkina Faso, and Senegal, could be flush with produce, despite drought conditions, thanks to a new agricultural system that combines efficient irrigation with new varieties of plants, according to scientists speaking today at the African Green Revolution Forum in Accra, Ghana. (News via press release.)   Drought has plagued…

Coal Ash Continues to Pollute Groundwater

Public hearings started today for the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency‘s (EPA) proposed rule on how to dispose of coal ash–the toxic byproduct of burning coal. In December, a billion gallons of coal ash spilled from the Kingston Fossil Plant in Tennessee, poisoning a river and burying neighboring homes. The disaster, which occurred four months before…

Passing the Point of “Peak Water” Means Paying More for H2O

We have passed the point of “peak water”–or the end of cheap, easy-to-access water–in several places around the globe, experts say. Those places include the Great Plains in the southern and central U.S., California’s Central Valley, northern China, the Nile River Basin in northern Africa, the Jordan River Basin in the Middle East, India, and…