Desalination is now part of mainstream water resource management in many parts of the world, and a key industry focus has been reducing the amount energy required for various desalination processes. Read More
A broad-ranging review and assessment of the world water situation reveals four key and underlying themes which seem to appear repeatedly – and which are likely to influence and drive many of the more specific trends and developments that we’re likely to see in the water industry in the future. Read More
They most certainly can, and ideally will. In fact, because the private sector accounts for the majority of global water use (when including both industrial water use and companies’ agriculture-based supply chains), one could argue that achieving such policy goals without direct business involvement and robust support will be near impossible. The promising news is that many water intensive businesses share an interest in achieving more sustainable water management, as there’s a growing understanding within companies that such an outcome is perhaps the most viable long-term strategy for addressing water-related business risk. Read More
A few months ago, we wrote a piece on Growing Blue to Grow Rainbow
. We now attach some hard, monetary estimates to that earlier argument, to convey a rough sense of the cross-sectoral profit-benefit streams to flow from technological innovations in the water sector — Growing Blue, to Grow Rainbow, to Grow Profits, in other words. Our results are based on an analysis for London, UK. Read More
It’s no longer news that our nation’s built infrastructure is in disrepair. Whether it’s water, transportation, or the power grid, it all needs attention. But all too often, the headlines and hearings that call attention to our infrastructure’s needs focus on money as the solution. Funding would be nice, but money alone is not the answer. Read More
News about the environment often takes one storyline - doom and gloom. Yet some very good news is happening right here in the United States. We’re in the middle of a movement toward comprehensive ecosystems valuation (ESV). In plain English, this means that decision makers are increasingly putting a value on nature’s services, and often tying it to dollar signs. Read More
Slurp, splish, splash, kerplunk, cha-ching.
Water is a finite, scarce, and vital resource to life and our economy. Water resources are under tremendous stress and the ecological value in water resource planning is increasingly critical for governments and corporations. The financial and ecological values of water are highly interdependent. Sometimes they are complementary, but there can also be trade-offs. The key to effective water planning is having the framework and tools to understand these ecological values and the relationship to our well-being. Read More
In a recent piece in Environmental Leader,
I argue that countries and industries that want to remain competitive must manage their water effectively.
Looming sequestration cuts, fiscal cliffs, and agency "food" fights over scarce federal dollars add up to a bleak, future--at least if the same old tactics and solutions are sought in the same old places among the same old players. Read More
Everyone on Earth uses water and energy every day. We use water for drinking, bathing, cooking, and producing everything from silicon chips to potato chips. We use energy for heating, cooling, transportation and any number of domestic and industrial processes. We would die without access to clean fresh water. We would be miserable without using energy from renewable and non-renewable sources. Read More