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  • EPA adds sites to Superfund National Priorities List

    The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency added seven sites to the Superfund National Priorities List on August 3 and proposed four more sites to the list. Under the Comprehensive Environmental Response, Compensation, and Liability Act (CERCLA) of 1980, EPA is required to annually revise the list of sites that have known or threatened releases of hazardous substances or contaminants. The EPA ...

  • Windscreen water infection risk

    Windscreen wiper water may be the cause of 20% of cases of Legionnaires" Disease in England and Wales, according to the Health Protection Agency. Stagnant, warm water is a breeding ground for the Legionella bacterium, which when inhaled causes pneumonia. Adding screenwash kills the bacteria and could save lives. The finding came after researchers spotted that professional drivers are five ...


  • 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 ...


  • 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 ...


  • 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 ...


  • 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 SERIES

  • 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 ...

  • 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

  • Nitrite pollution puts warming waters at risk

    US scientists have identified a new hazard linked to global warming: a change in ocean water chemistry causing nitrite pollution that could trigger toxic algal blooms and even dead zones in coastal waters. ...


    By Climate News Network

  • Low health risk from contaminated flood water

    Residents in flood-affected areas have been advised to take sensible precautions as the flooding subsides but have been reassured that there is only a small chance of picking up an infection from contaminated water.   The independent ...

  • Water and wetlands management central to reducing risk

    Environmental degradation in coastal, river basin and mountain areas increases the risk of disaster. Wetlands International will be represented at the Third UN World Conference on Reducing Disaster Risk (WCDRR) in Sendai and will keep you posted through a series of posts on developments in Sendai and on the urgent need to safeguard and restore wetland ecosystems as a key strategy to ...


    By Wetlands International

  • 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 ...


  • Abandoned water wells can present risks

    Household water well owners should act to address any improperly abandoned wells on their property as they can present threats to both people and animals, the National Ground Water Association said today. “Abandoned wells can be a physical danger to people and animals who may fall into them, but an even greater threat may be the pathway that an abandoned well provides for surface ...

  • Most firms failing on water risk management – report

    A vanishingly small proportion of large companies are adequately managing risks posed by water shortages, drought and pollution, according to research by EIRIS. The London-based research house specialising in environmental, social and governance (ESG) issues surveyed 3,000 large companies globally identified as exposed to water risks. Only 0.22% were adequately managing these risks - all of ...


    By GLOBE Foundation

  • Simple Tool Helps Companies Address Water Risks

    A global online tool launched today by WWF and German development finance institution DEG (Deutsche Investitions-und Entwicklungsgesellschaft mbH) enables companies and investors to address their water-related risks. WWF and DEG have created a practical online questionnaire that not only identifies water risk in supply chains and investment portfolios, but also provides practical steps to ...


    By WWF UK

  • U.S. drought demonstrates complexity, severity of water risk

    As much of the United States continues to suffer through what the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) has called the country’s most extensive drought in more than 50 years, there is growing concern over how broad and severe the impacts may ...

  • Water - The risks are rising and governments must act

    Water shortages and floods illustrate the risks posed by too little, or too much, water. By 2050 more than 40% of the world's population will live under severe water stress and nearly 20% could be exposed to floods. The economic value of assets at risk from floods is expected to be about USD 45 trillion by 2050. Water pollution is also increasing, adding to uncertainty about future water ...


    By GLOBE Foundation

  • 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 ...


  • Corporate Approaches to Water Risks Outdated and Dangerous

    The recently released CDP Global Water Report 2013 establishes that a misguided approach to water-related risk management has become business as usual at the world’s largest global companies.  Corporate focus is too often directed at reducing water use, which is an inadequate response to increasingly immediate substantive water risks, ...


    By GLOBE SERIES

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