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Opinion: Regulations Must Keep Pace with Water-Related Fracking Risks

March 27, 2014 by Roman Kilisek

Fracking and Water Risk

To mark this year’s World Water Day, UNESCO and UN Water released the 2014 World Water Development report highlighting the key role that water and energy play in economic development. According to the report, some 768 million people do not have access to an improved source of water.[read more]

Water-Energy Nexus Critical to Future Water Policy

March 25, 2014 by Roman Kilisek

Water-Energy Nexus

On March 22 in Tokyo, UN-Water will release its World Water Development Report in conjunction with its annual World Water Day 2014 celebrations. This annual event is meant to raise awareness for water – indispensable for human life on earth. This year’s theme is “Water & Energy”.[read more]

How Can You Reduce Your Water Footprint?

March 16, 2014 by NRDC Switchboard

Saving Water Choices

How much water do you use every day? The answer might surprise you. A paper released online last week in the journal Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences concluded that Americans significantly underestimate their water use.[read more]

Drought Rates Missing from Most Local Drought Plans in California

February 25, 2014 by NRDC Switchboard

Drought Rates and Local Plans

Today, they are short of water. Tomorrow, they will be short of money. As water supplies dwindle in the face of what could actually be the driest year in California’s history, most of the state’s urban water utilities face 2014 financially flatfooted.[read more]

California Water Policy: Driest Year in State History Leads to Debate

January 5, 2014 by Michael Higham

The year 2013 marked the driest year recorded in California history. December is typically a wet month in the state, but the Summer-like Winter in 2013 was both a blessing and a curse. A serious debate on the state’s water future is imperative.[read more]

WANTED: A Climate Bounty

November 15, 2013 by Jim Baird

Climate Solutions and Rewards

Were we able to harness the force of hurricanes, we could not only service the energy needs of billions we could prevent death and destruction on a massive scale. And the crazy thing is we actually have the capability to do just that.[read more]

Alaskan Wave Energy Project Receives Project Management Support

November 14, 2013 by Joshua Hill

Alaska and Wave Energy

Located on the Gulf of Alaska, the 750 kW Yakutat Wave Energy Project is set to make life easier for locales who have so far had to rely on diesel prices as high as $8 per gallon, thanks to the 1,000 mile journey the fuel has to make by road to get there.[read more]

Research: Fracking Uses and Loses More Water than Previously Believed

November 2, 2013 by NRDC Switchboard

Fracking and Water Loss

Hydraulic fracturing’s water footprint is higher than previously thought, according to a new report that combined data from many sources to provide one of the most comprehensive looks at how water is actually used by the oil and gas industry.[read more]


Hydro and Ocean Power: Untapped Renewable Resources? [WEBCAST]

September 21, 2013 by Jesse Jenkins

Hydropower is an efficient, predictable, and affordable source of energy that produces no greenhouse gases and already generates a fifth of the world's electricity - but is it an overlooked tool in the effort to meet the world's growing energy needs sustainably?[read more]

Just Add Water to Get More From Energy Efficiency Programs

September 15, 2013 by Stephen Lacey

Water and energy consumption are not always fully considered as two parts of the same issue, whether in building new power plants or implementing efficiency programs. It takes a lot of water to produce electricity from most of the generation sources used today.[read more]

Water Waste: Your Shower's Dirty Little Secret

August 27, 2013 by Veronique Bugnion

Shower Water Consumption

It’s summer, and a nice long shower is so refreshing … but how much does a shower really cost? Showers are like calories: easy to underestimate. Find out the water and energy costs of a daily shower, and test whether your old shower is throwing money down the drain.[read more]

Intelligent Water Consumption: Next Frontier for the Smart Grid?

August 27, 2013 by Christine Hertzog

The Rim Fire, a conflagration centered in California’s Tuolumne County, is larger than the city boundaries of Chicago. This fire threatens critical power and water infrastructure as well as Yosemite National Park and property for thousands of people and businesses.[read more]

Climate Change: Water in the US West

August 23, 2013 by Lou Grinzo

The primary vector for the impacts of climate change will be water. Rising sea level, floods, and droughts will all carry devastating prices, but lay people who aren’t engaged with climate change simply don’t think in terms of disruptions of the hydrological cycle.[read more]

How Efficient Can Toilets Become?

August 11, 2013 by Katherine Tweed

The next time you have a moment alone with the porcelain throne, think of this: toilets still take the cake for the most water use of any indoor water appliance, despite significant water efficiency gains in the past few decades that have decreased water usage.[read more]

Working Together, Utilities Can Save Water and Energy

July 24, 2013 by NRDC Switchboard

Utility Energy Savings

It’s hard to beat the smell and feel of laundry right out of the dryer—although if you’re like me, you might feel guilty about the amount of water and energy that’s being used with every load of laundry.[read more]