global water consumption Articles

  • Impact of the UK’s food and fibre consumption on global water resources

    This report tells the important but largely unknown story of the water we use and where it comes from. More importantly, it highlights the impact of the UK’s consumption patterns on water resources across the world. WWF’s intention in publishing this report is to start a debate about how UK-based organisations can help to ensure that critical, and often scarce, water resources are managed wisely. ...


    By WWF UK

  • What’s the difference between water use and water consumption?

    In January, Brian Richter, director of freshwater strategies at The Nature Conservancy, spelled out four water resolutions through a thought-provoking series of blog posts. One of those resolutions was to better understand and communicate the differences between water use and water consumption. This is a ...

  • Household Consumption and the Environment

    Providing input for European policy-making Ten years after the Rio conference, the agreement at the 2002 World Summit on Sustainable Development in Johannesburg to develop a framework of programmes on sustainable consumption and production (SCP) marked a renewed global policy-focus. Reflecting this renewed focus, SCP EU policy-making is now on the agenda. The European Council at its meeting in ...

  • Micro-component survey of residential water consumption in Hanoi

    Daily total water consumption per capita has been used as a basic unit for the future planning of water supply for domestic use. However, for innovative water utilization designs that consider various scenarios, including the effects of policy direction and global warming, and more strategic and efficient water use, it is absolutely essential to consider water usage divided by residential ...


    By IWA Publishing

  • 10 simple ways to reduce water consumption

    Water is the most life sustaining resource on earth. Essential to all aspects of our human lives, it serves as the key ingredient in food and drink, helps us fabricate clothes, landscapes our favorite places, drives economic growth and feeds agricultural development. Our bodies themselves are 70% water. According to the Department of Health, to keep ourselves healthywe should drink about 1.2 ...

  • A methodology for quantifying global consumptive water use of coffee for sustainable production under conditions of climate change

    Coffee is the second most traded commodity in the world after oil. A sustainable coffee industry is crucial to maintaining global agriculture, trade, human and environmental well-being, and livelihoods. With increasing water scarcity and a changing climate, understanding and quantifying the risks associated with water, a primary input in coffee production, is vital. This methodological paper ...


    By IWA Publishing

  • Towards Quantification of the Water Footprint of Paper: A First Estimate of its Consumptive Component

    For a hardcopy of this article, printed in the Netherlands, an estimated 100 l of water have been used. Most of the water is required in the forestry stage, due to evapotranspiration (green and blue water). In addition, the water footprint during the industrial stage, as accounted for in this study, consists of evaporation from water obtained from ground water and surface water (blue water). In ...


    By IWA Publishing

  • A long-overdue burial for the population vs. consumption question

    Enough about whether population, consumption or production is the problem. We need to get to work on all of them – now. When the topic of human population comes up, the reaction is often a knee-jerk one that reduces a complex conversation to a choice between fertility rates and overconsumption — as if they are mutually exclusive, when in fact they are part of the ...


    By Ensia

  • Global Water Utilities Industry 2019 Forecasts Analysis

    Global Water Utilities industry guide provides top-line qualitative and quantitative summary information including: market size (value and volume 2010-14, and forecast to 2019). The guide also contains descriptions of the leading players including key financial metrics and analysis of competitive pressures within the market. Features and benefits Save time carrying out ...


  • Aqueduct Global Maps 2.0

    Executive Summary This document describes the specific characteristics of the indicator data and calculations for the Aqueduct Water Risk Atlas Global Maps. Complete guidelines and processes for data collection, calculations, and mapping techniques are described fully in the Aqueduct Water Risk Framework.1 The Aqueduct Water Risk Atlas makes use of a Water Risk Framework (Figure 1), that includes ...

  • The New Economy of Water: The Risks and Benefits of Globalization and Privatization of Fresh Water

    Executive Overview New voices are beginning to be heard in the debate over water, and new ideas – good and bad – considered. Among the most powerful and controversial of these new ideas is that water should be considered an “economic good” – subject to the rules and power of markets, multinational corporations, and international trading regimes. In the last decade, this idea has been put ...


    By Pacific Institute

  • A global overview on nuclear desalination

    Nuclear desalination is considered one of the viable sources of producing the fresh water needed in arid areas. Nowadays, several countries have shown interest in the use of nuclear energy for seawater desalination, because recent studies have demonstrated that nuclear desalination is not only feasible but also economical, and this has already been demonstrated in several countries. Although the ...


    By Inderscience Publishers

  • Global Monthly Water Scarcity: Blue Water Footprints versus Blue Water Availability

    Freshwater scarcity is a growing concern, placing considerable importance on the accuracy of indicators used to characterize and map water scarcity worldwide. We improve upon past efforts by using estimates of blue water footprints (consumptive use of ground- and surface water flows) rather than water withdrawals, accounting for the flows needed to sustain critical ecological functions and by ...


    By IWA Publishing

  • Emerging global trends provide new opportunities in soil and water conservation

    Progressively, the geopolitics of soil and water conservation are shifting from agriculture, forestry, and other extractive services, to provision of environmental goods and services and global life support systems. The links among human welfare, ecosystem integrity, and land degradation are increasingly being realized, but the major policy decisions on control and mitigation are being made by ...

  • The great global warming distraction – take 2

    My first Competitive Strategy column (see EM July 2007, page 22) led with this same title, sans “Take 2.” Back then, the title alone was enough to trigger a few recipients on my article e-mail distribution list to fire off requests that I stop sending them “spam.” With a title like this, what else could this be besides junk e-mail? No need to read further. Those brave ...

  • Global Bitumen Market By Application (Roadways, Adhesives, Water Proofing, Insulation) Expected to Reach USD 95.77 Billion by 2020

    The global market for bitumen is expected to reach USD 95.77 billion by 2020, according to a new study by Grand View Research, Inc. Bitumen is primarily used in road construction activities and increased road development in high growth markets of India, China and Brazil is expected to be a key driver for the growth of the market. Roadway constructions were the major consumers of bitumen in 2013, ...


  • Global Water Research Council selects best bioanalysis tools for endocrine disrupting chemicals

    The aim of this fact sheet is to review the methodology used to establish guideline values for inorganic and organic chemicals which may be found in drinking water. Such guidance is needed to assist the management of good water quality when the potential for adverse health effects, based on the intrinsic toxicity of the chemical, requires some quantitative description of limits which should be ...


    By BioDetection Systems b.v.

  • Renewable Energy - A Key Solution to End Global Warming

    Scientists have spent years trying to find the causes of global warming leading to significant changes in the world’s climate. Their research shows that several factors have contributed to the rise of earth’s temperature and altering of natural cycles and actions. One key reason is excessive emission of greenhouse gases like, methane and carbon dioxide (CO2) in the atmosphere. These ...


    By Vista Solar

  • The Global Food Challenge Explained in 18 Graphics

    The world is projected to hold a whopping 9.6 billion people by 2050. Figuring out how to feed all these people—while also advancing rural development, reducing greenhouse gas emissions, and protecting valuable ecosystems—is one of the greatest challenges of our era. So what’s causing the global food challenge, and how can the world solve it? We begin to answer these questions ...

  • Water conservation education as a tool to empower water users to reduce water use

    There is a finite supply of global fresh water available for human consumption, which is in great demand from both humans and the environment. As technology and populations increase, so do the demands and pressure on this limited resource. Demand far too often outstrips supply, requiring authorities to impose restrictions on water use. Recent research undertaken by Rand Water, in the Rand ...


    By IWA Publishing

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