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Marten Law: Climate Change Ushers in New Era of Uncertainty for Water Resource Management

By Douglas MacDougal and Dustin Till, Marten Law PLLC Excerpt: Scientists are seeing more climate change impacts on water availability-particularly in those areas dependent upon glacial and snow meltwater for agriculture. As water becomes available at different times of the year (or grows more scarce...

Reed Elsevier Environmental Challenge Seeks Proposals to Further Access to Safe Water and Improved Sanitation

Leading information provider Reed Elsevier will award $75,000 to two innovative projects that provide access to safe water and improved sanitation to communities where it is presently at risk. According to the World Health Organization, nearly 900 million people in the world are deprived of good...

Water Scarcity Challenges Headed To Supreme Court

By E. Lynn Grayson, Partner, Jenner & Block Three petitions have been filed with the U.S. Supreme Court seeking a review of a recent 11 th Circuit Court of Appeals ruling that authorized the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers to allocate additional water from Lake Lanier to meet Atlanta's growing...

Could the Amazon Become a Greenhouse Gas (GHG) Emitter Rather Than a Sink?

The Amazon has long been conceived of as a CO2 sink because of its mass of vegetation. Researchers are now concerned that drought and deforestation may make it a net emitter. Because of regular measurements of about 100,000 trees, researchers estimate that the Amazon was absorbing about 1.5 billion...

Agricultural Food Exports Use a Lot of Water

When examining the issue of water shortages and water usage, most of the emphasis is on domestic utilization. Rarely is the issue posed in terms of the impact of trade on water usage. However, such an analysis poses an alternative, and interesting, methodology to think about and examine water utilization...

Reed Elsevier Environmental Challenge Shortlists 2012 Projects

Five projects bringing safe water and sanitation in final race for 1st and 2nd prize The Reed Elsevier Environmental Challenge shortlist was announced on June 12, highlighting five innovative ideas to provide sustainable access to safe water and sanitation. The winning project will be announced at...

New EPA Report On Water’s Economic Value

EPA has released a new report The Importance of Water to the U.S. Economy addressing the total economic value of water resources. According to the report, the economic value of water will rise, and decision-makers in both the private and the public sectors will need information that can help them maximize...

New Ceres Report Tracks Corporate Sustainability Efforts

By E. Lynn Grayson . This report, Gaining Ground - Corporate Progress on the Ceres Roadmap for Sustainability (report), evaluates how well 613 of the largest, publicly traded U.S. companies are integrating sustainability into their business systems and decision-making. The report – a collaboration...

Water Resources Legislation Could Lead to Increase of U.S. Water P3s

By Brian Walsh, William C. Rhodes, Lee A. Storey, Steve T. Park, and Christopher R. Sullivan President Obama recently signed into law the Water Resources and Reform Development Act of 2014 (WRRDA), [ enhanced version available to lexis.com subscribers ]. The statute begins to address ways to fund...

Carbon Disclosure Project Report Provides Real Examples that Illustrate the Expensive Impact of Climate Change on Major Corporations

By Alexander Bandza, Associate, Jenner & Block The Carbon Disclosure Project (CDP) has released a report that updates its survey on how S&P 500 companies assess physical risks from climate change. Reported risks affect companies in all economic sectors and include damage to facilities,...

New Report Concludes Water Will Impact Business Growth

A new report "Bridging Concern with Action: Are U.S. Companies Prepared for Looming Water Challenges?" by VOX Global and Pacific Institute concludes 60% of companies surveyed believe water is poised to affect business growth and profitability within five years. In addition, more than 80% say...