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Ikea saves $1M by tackling food waste

The initiative has only been going since December. But it plans to halve food waste by 2020. […]

Plug-in car sales growing on both sides of the Atlantic

Even with the current limited selection, people are warming to electric and plug-in hybrid vehicles. […]

Scotland approves another floating wind farm project

If successful, these farms could be a major step forward for offshore wind energy elsewhere. […]

In China, 20% of new buses are now electric

Of all the vehicles to convert to electric, diesel-spewing buses may be the most important. […]

US power sector emissions down 12% since 2005

And that’s before renewable energy really gets going. […]

Watermark (Pt. 1)

As we continue to consider the prospect for global water resources, we need first to make a major adjustment to how we measure the water we use, how we value it, and how we allocate it (and to whom) for what purpose. That is a huge undertaking given the fact that we have fundamentally taken water for granted and used it, while certainly knowing its essential need, with little restriction. Recently, I was visiting a friend at his new small farm in the high desert region of Oregon in a beautiful, distinctive micro-climate both wet and dry and bordered by picturesque mountain views. There were flat fields with large watering systems everywhere. At one point, he turned on pumps and began to let water collected in a pond and drawn from wells on his 40 acres flow without purpose into the adjacent river. As a member of a local irrigation association, he was allocated a certain volume annually to use–or lose. This water was being deliberately wasted. All agreed this behavior was absurd, and all realized that the historical attitudes and structures for water management in this locale were obsolete and inadequate to the changing circumstance. This problem exists worldwide, suddenly now in places where water supply has seemed secure, but long extant in places distant and poor and dry where the inhabitants have been living on marginal water for centuries. What is required is a complete overhaul of water inventory and use measurement in a new green economy […]