global water risk News

  • New Alliance of global corporations to assess world water risks to business

    Recent water-related events - from extreme droughts across the southwestern United States to flooding in central China - provide vivid examples of the potential impacts of water on people, businesses, and local infrastructure. To assess and respond to increasing water risk globally, the World Resources Institute (WRI) is launching the ...


    By GLOBE Foundation

  • Aqueduct launches new framework to evaluate global water risks

    For many companies, water issues have recently migrated from corporations’ social responsibility departments to finance and risk management departments. Companies have been reporting a growing exposure to water-related risks like flooding and pollution, and many have ...

  • Water index to measure risk

    The World Resources Institute (WRI), in partnership with General Electric (NYSE: GE) and Goldman Sachs (NYSE: GS), has launched an initiative to measure water-related risks facing companies and their investors. The initiative will develop a Water Index as a standardised approach to identify and mitigate water-related corporate risk. The Index will offer one of the most expansive measures of ...

  • Water map shows billions at risk

    About 80% of the world's population lives in areas where the freshwater supply is not secure, according to a new global analysis. Writing in the journal Nature, researchers have compiled a composite index of 'water threats' including issues such as scarcity and pollution. The most severe threat category encompasses 3.4 billion people. Vörösmarty et al. state that conserving water ...


    By GLOBE Foundation

  • Water map shows billions at risk

    About 80% of the world’s population lives in areas where the freshwater supply is not secure, according to a new global analysis. Writing in the journal Nature, researchers have compiled a composite index of ‘water threats’ including issues such as scarcity and pollution. The most severe threat category encompasses 3.4 billion people. Vörösmarty et al. state that ...

  • Efficiency in Water Management Will Reduce Risks

    Unless more sustainable water resource management practices are adopted by companies and individuals, almost half of the global economy and more than half of the world\'s population will be exposed to severe water scarcity by 2050, according to research released today by Veolia Water. New research modelling various levels of economic growth and water management efficiencies underscores ...

  • Initiative to measure water risks and opportunities

    The World Resources Institute (WRI), in partnership with General Electric and Goldman Sachs, has launched an initiative to measure water-related risks facing companies and their investors. The initiative will develop a Water Index as a standardised approach to identify and mitigate water-related corporate risk. The Index will offer one of the most expansive measures of water risks currently ...

  • Global climate challenge is global water challenge

    The failure to recognise the role of water management in adapting to climate change has numerous and multifaceted repercussions for people's lives; It means that national water suppliers will not have access to sanitation systems that are resilient to flooding or unexpected weather events: It means that farmers will not have adequate information or resources to ensure that they can cope with ...

  • World Water Day: Understanding water risk

    It’s rare for water to make waves at the World Economic Forum’s annual gathering of business leaders and finance ministers. But the most recent Davos summit was an exception. A new eye-opening report ranked water supply among the top five global risks in terms of impact– on par with systemic ...

  • IPCC emphasises global warming risks and role ecosystem based adaptation

    Wetlands International, CARE Nederland, Cordaid, the Netherlands Red Cross, and the Red Cross Red Crescent Climate Centre, said today they were deeply concerned about the increasing risks climate change poses to people, reflected in the latest report by scientists on climate impacts. The agencies welcome the reference to the value of ecosystem-based adaptation. The ...


    By Wetlands International

  • Risks of invasion of alien marine species driven by global shipping

    New research has identified global hot spots of invasion risk by marine species transported in the ballast water of shipping. Treating this water before discarding it could reduce the risk of invasions by as much as 82%, the researchers predict. The movement of marine organisms outside their natural ranges can have seriously damaging effects on native ecosystems. Increased trade and transport at ...

  • Ecolab and Trucost Expand Water Risk Monetizer to Include Revenue at Risk Assessment

    The Water Risk Monetizer, industry’s first publicly available financial modeling tool that enables businesses to factor current and future water risks into decision making, now provides users with insights into how water scarcity impacts ...


    By Trucost Plc

  • DNV launches global recommended practice for shale gas risk management

    DNV, an independent foundation with the purpose of safeguarding life, property and the environment, has launched recommended practice (RP) for the entire life cycle of shale gas extraction, based on risk management principles, industry best practices and standards. The objective is for the RP to form the foundation for future development of a globally recognized standard for safe and sustainable ...


    By DNV GL

  • Global warming may raise risk of Pacific fish poisoning

    Rising sea temperatures caused by climate change may have contributed to a sharp increase in the incidence of a severe form of tropical fish poisoning afflicting people living on small islands around the Pacific region, a study has shown. A 60 per ...


    By SciDev.Net

  • Global warming dials up our risks, UN report says

     If the world doesn't cut pollution of heat-trapping gases, the already noticeable harms of global warming could spiral "out of control," the head of a United Nations scientific panel warned Monday. And he's not alone. The Obama White House says it is taking this new report as a call for action, with Secretary of State John Kerry saying "the ...


    By Associated Press

  • WRI and partners launch aqueduct alliance to measure, map, and report on global water risk

    Initiative to provide unprecedented level of water risk information for business and government Recent water-related events – from extreme droughts across the southwestern United States to flooding in central China – provide vivid examples of the potential impacts of water on people, businesses, and local infrastructure. To assess and respond to increasing water risk ...

  • New Report: Major Food Companies Must Adapt to Escalating Global Water Risks

    Major U.S. food companies need to adopt far stronger practices to use limited global water resources more efficiently, according to a report released today by Ceres, a nonprofit sustainability advocacy group. The report, Feeding Ourselves Thirsty: How the Food Sector is Managing Global Water Risks, ranks the nation’s 37 largest food ...


    By Ceres

  • Leading Global Investors Urge Food and Beverage Companies to Better Manage Water Risks

    Amid growing concerns over escalating water scarcity and pollution risks, more than 60 leading North American and European institutional investors collectively managing $2.6 trillion in assets sent joint letters to 15 food and beverage companies last week calling for increased water risk management and disclosure practices. The letters were sent to companies identified as poor performers on water ...


    By Ceres

  • Coca-Cola and ERM to discuss water risks and footprints

    The ‘Water Footprinting and Availability Risk Management' Summit (to be held on 25th and 26th February, 2010 in San Francisco, CA, USA) is gathering momentum. Senior VP's of Water Stewardship from multinationals in a range of industry sectors are finding the two-day Summit of specific relevance to them. Jeff Seabright, VP of Environment & Water Resources, Coca-Cola, has recently joined the ...

  • Wealthy world at risk from water woes elsewhere

    While German households use 124 litres of water a day directly, individual Germans use 5288 litres of water a day when the water requirements of producing their food, clothes and other consumption items are included. The report calculated Germany's water footprint at 159.5 cubic kilometres of water annually, with only half coming from German rain and rivers. The water embedded in coffee, soy and ...

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