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According to CDP, 53 companies – or 7% of the disclosing respondents – have created internal value costs associated to water that are otherwise absent from pricing and decision making

Business focus on water management reaching 'record levels', says CDP

The number of big businesses investing in water security has reached "record levels", with new analysis from CDP finding that more than $23bn has been invested in 2017 as some companies place an "internal price on water" to justify funding decisions.

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WWF: UK could lose £35bn by 2050 through extreme weather

Researchers have warned that future droughts could dent the UK economy by around £35bn unless extreme weather scenarios are factored into governmental and business decisions.

According to the University of Washington study, there is a 90% likelihood that temperatures will rise between 2C and 4.9C by 2100

Planet has just 5% chance of reaching Paris climate goal, study says

There is only a 5% chance that the Earth will avoid warming by at least 2C come the end of the century, according to new research that paints a sobering picture of the international effort to stem dangerous climate change.

Data from the water industry regulator Ofwat shows more than three billion litres of water leaks every day, a level unchanged for at least four years

Water companies losing vast amounts through leakage, as drought fears rise

Fears of a drought are rising after an exceptionally dry spell and water companies are asking customers to save water, but the vast amount of water that leaks from company pipes every day has not fallen for at least four years, according to a Guardian analysis.

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Industrial strategy fit for the future: perspectives on building a competitive UK economy

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From dangerous levels of pollution to unpredictable rain patterns and drought, the impacts of climate change already being felt, but solutions are available

edie explores sustainability megatrends: Part 1 - Climate change

Kicking off edie's new series of thought-leadership articles on the global impact of megatrends. The Climate Group's corporate partnerships director Mike Peirce explores how climate change is radically changing the way we do business.

Energy storage in the UK: An overview

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An effective response to the significant and growing risk of drought in England and Wales is possible if concerted action is taken now, Water UK says

UK businesses face increasing risk of drought, warns water sector

Companies are being called upon to ramp up water efficiency measures, share best practices and water consumption and open up new communication streams surrounding water conservation after a new report commissioned by water companies revealed the growing risk of drought facing the UK.

Noaa said other “remarkable” changes in 2015 include the Arctic’s lowest maximum sea ice extent in the 37-year satellite record, recorded in February 2015

Environmental records shattered as climate change 'plays out before us'

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Governments have grown increasingly concerned about the threat to water supply because of a combination of climate change and increasing demand

Global water shortages to deliver 'severe hit' to economies, World Bank warns

Water shortages will deliver a "severe hit" to the economies of the Middle East, central Asia, and Africa by the middle of the century, taking double digits off their GDP, the World Bank warned on Tuesday.

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Floating solar array generates energy and protects California's water

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Water is a forgotten factor of production...the primary challenge is therefore to make the forgotten unforgettable

Collaboration and innovation vital to solve 'forgotten problems' of water scarcity

Both the public and private sectors need to realise there is no 'silver bullet' to deal with the rising yet largely ignored water scarcity crisis, a panel of industry experts has concluded.

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America's largest solar desalination project seeks $10m crowdfunding

A California company is trying to crowdfund $10m to part-fund the building of the US' largest solar desalination project.

The presidential candidate pledged to get federal government on board with streamlining legal processes to allow quicker applications and grants for green innovations

Hillary Clinton plans to transform US into 'clean energy superpower'

Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton has unveiled the green steps she believes the US will need to adopt in order to become "the clean energy superpower of the 21st century".

Kiribati's land averages little more than 6 feet above sea level and is on the most vulnerable nations in the world to rising sea levels

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The man who tried to become the world's first climate refugee is set to be deported from New Zealand in the next week.

The majority of GHG emissions from food occur before produce leaves the gate, in the growing portion of a producers supply chain

Food firms must collaborate to unearth climate risks, says CDP

Some of the world's largest food, beverage and tobacco brands are missing out on significant financial and production quality gains by failing to mitigate climate risks and reduce carbon emissions, a new report has warned.

Climate change and population growth has led to many countries suffering from water stress

WRI: Extreme water stress in Middle East could stoke civil unrest

Countries from the Middle East will likely be be exposed to 'extreme water stress' by 2040, threatening national security, the World Resources Institute has found.

The letter asks food and beverage companies for increased transparency and disclosure about their exposure to water risk

Global investors urge food firms to address rising water risks

Investors managing more than $2.6trn in assets have sent joint letters to 15 international food and drink companies amid growing concerns over water security and pollution.

California's four-year drought has seen water levels reach historic lows

Golden State: How California is surviving its worst drought in history

California remains in the claws of the longest drought in the state's history, placing unprecedented strain on the its water supplies. But could the scramble to save water actually help the state in the long run?

Diageo said its water efficiency increased by 10.4%

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Diageo has improved its water efficiency by more than 10% in the past year, according to the drinks giant's latest sustainability report.

The Nebia claims to be 70% more water efficient than regular showers

Water-saving shower crowdfunds almost $1m in less than 2 days

A new shower that is 70% more water-efficient than regular models is nearing $1m of funding in its Kickstarter campaign less than 48 hours after launch.

Mayor Garcetti releases the final balls onto Los Angeles reservoir

'Shade balls' to save drought-stricken Los Angeles 300 million gallons of water

Los Angeles is using millions of 'shade balls' to prevent water loss during California's worst drought in recorded history.

Green thinking can bring huge benefits in reducing bottom lines costs and increasing employee engagement

Why the time is NOW for sustainable business practice

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Globally, 90% of the excess heat caused by the rise in greenhouse gas emissions is absorbed by the oceans

Warming of oceans due to climate change is unstoppable, say US scientists

The warming of the oceans due to climate change is now unstoppable after record temperatures last year, bringing additional sea-level rise, and raising the risks of severe storms, US government climate scientists said on Thursday.

The Church of England will divest from fossil fuel extraction and implement new green guidelines

Church of England announces new 'ecotheology' in divestment from fossil fuel extraction

The Church of England has adopted a new climate change policy which will see it divest from coal mining and oil from tar sands.

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'Brown is the new green' at sustainable US Open golf course

The US Open golf championship, which kicked off this week, is being held at a course labelled "the poster child of sustainable golf", but not all players are happy with the new water-reduced playing surface.

Resource Efficienct Scotland has so far helped 134 Scottish organisations identify ways to save money by using water more efficiently

Q&A: The importance of water efficiency for businesses

Resource Efficient Scotland recently held a Q&A session with Dr Stuart Ballinger, project director for the Water Technology List, to discuss why and how businesses should reduce their water use.

Since 2005, hydropower has seen resurgence, reportedly due to a better understanding of what the technology can provide, including energy storage and flood or drought mitigation

Hydropower to hit 2,000GW by 2050

The global hydroelectric power market, which already represents 76% of all renewable energy, could double to 2,000GW by 2050, according to the World Energy Council.

A single data-centre can consume up to 20,000 litres of water an hour

California drought: Water use in Silicon Valley 'insane'

California Governor Jerry Brown ordered business and residents to cut water use by 25% last week, but tech-giants in Silicon Valley need to do even more, according to one expert.

Melbourne's Rectangle Stadium features a rainwater collection system that saves up to 500,000 gallons of water every year

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14 of the 15 hottest years on record have occurred since 2000, UN says

Fourteen of the 15 hottest years on record have occurred since 2000, according to the UN World Meteorological Organisation, as rising carbon emissions continue to trap heat and drive climate change.

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White House puts $674.7bn price tag on improving US water infrastructure

The US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has launched the Water Infrastructure and Resiliency Finance Centre to enable communities and businesses across the country to finance the $674.7bn of improvements needed to improve water infrastructure.

Increased urbanisation is changing the UK's distribution of water demand and increasing the risk of flooding

Water Taskforce calls on businesses to 'act now' and collaborate

Business in the Community (BITC) has renewed its call for companies to take action on water issues in the UK by improving resilience flooding and water shortages and by collaborating on sustainable water quality management.


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