By: Peter H. Gleick,  Huffington Post

Freshwater is fundamental for maintaining human health, agricultural production, economic activity, and critical ecosystem functions. But as populations and economies grow, new constraints on water resources are appearing, raising questions about ultimate limits to water availability. Such resource questions are not new. The specter of “peak oil” — a peaking and then decline in oil production — has long been predicted and debated. A recent paper in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences I wrote with a colleague, Meena Palaniappan, offers three concepts of “peak water:” peak renewable water, peak nonrenewable water, and peak ecological water. And it looks like the U.S. has passed all three points.


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We can be the most powerful protectors of our own sources of water

by Sarah van Gelder

posted May 27, 2010

Whose job is it to protect our waterways? Water quality laws and enforcement are only as strong as the popular movements that press for them. Unless we stand up, those who would privatize, pollute, or divert our waters get away with it. That’s the message of Robert Kennedy Jr., founder of the international Waterkeeper Alliance and chief prosecutor of the New York-based Riverkeeper, which helped lead the successful movement for the restoration of the Hudson River.

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There is a cool graphic if you link back to the story…! – Jeremy

The world is covered in oceans, rivers and lakes, but when we look at how much actually makes it to our faucets, it only amounts to around 0.08%. When we account for what water is fresh, and in the ground table, and not being used for agriculture or industry, and not too polluted to drink, there just isn’t much left.

Knowing our water footprint – especially when it comes to the food and products we buy – has never been more important. It’s no wonder water footprint labeling and water accounting has been a topic of interest among businesses lately.

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