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New Trend: Climate Optimists Say Climate Change Won’t Be So Bad

Accepting that climate change is happening but putting a positive spin on the consequences is a growing view in the climate skeptic camp,…
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Why We Care: Valuing Both Economy and Environment

To protect something, we have to love it. And to love it, we have to take the time to appreciate its beauty and…
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Xeros Laundry System Saves Businesses Water and Money

The Xeros Laundry System can reduce water usage by up to 80 percent. The technology is especially promising for the hospitality industry, as…
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Risky Business: The Cost of Climate Change to the U.S. Economy

The Economic Risks of Climate Change in the U.S. provides the most comprehensive assessment of the economic risks our nation faces from climate…
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Unilever Brewing ‘Future-Proof’ Tea Crops Through Genomic Selection in Kenya

Unilever pairs up with genomics research company to create "future-proof" tea crops.
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California Drought Cost Nears $2 Billion

Pulling from groundwater reserves will help ease the the $1.7 billion in estimated economic impact from the California drought. But what are the…
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First Interstate Water Credits Program Launched in the Ohio River Basin

The Electric Power Research Institute (EPRI) on March 11 officially launched the first water quality pilot trades in the Ohio River Basin. The…
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California Drought May Cause Higher Food Prices For All Americans

California’s San Joaquin Valley, which supplies food to the nation is experiencing a record drought which could soon mean higher food prices for…
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Straw in Hand, Water-Strained City Thirstily Eyes Great Lakes

Be careful, Waukesha, Wisconsin. Some lawmakers have actually threatened to cash in their favors to the Michigan Militia to keep aquifer-drained areas from…
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Southwest Rivers and Budgets are Both Drying Up

The projected, forthcoming water crisis in the Western states is a complicated issue and one in which water planners and conservation advocates have,…
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Cargill Cattle Plant Closes: Global Warming Casualty?

When Cargill announced the closing of its Plainview, Texas, cattle operation, they cited a record low cattle supply as the result of the…
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2012 Year End Sustainability Wrap-up

When we look back at 2012 from what we hope will be a sustainable future, what will be the things that stand out…

Flush Mob: Bulawayo, Zimbabwe Launches Synchronized Toilet Flushing

Leaders in Bulawayo, Zimbabwe, asked residents to participate in a “big flush” of their toilets concurrently at 7:30pm on Saturday evening.
FAO food price index, 2008-2012. Credit: United Nations FAO

Will the 2012 U.S. Drought and Other Extreme Weather Events Trigger Another Global Food Crisis?

The impact of the 2012 drought on U.S. crops and livestock has been in the headlines for weeks now. Last month, the United…
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Why Efficiency Won’t Solve Our Water Problems

The drought of 2012 has reminded us that water is a scarce resource, even though we pay fractions of a penny per gallon…