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Nearly Half of U.S. Fracking Sites Overlap with Water-Stressed Regions

A new report from CERES draws a connection between water risk and hydraulic fracturing in the United States. The report adds an important dimension to the conversation about how energy use and water stress will play out in the years ahead. The report, Hydraulic Fracturing & Water Stress: Growing Competitive Pressures for Water, brings together […]

What’s the Difference Between Water Use and Water Consumption?

In January, Brian Richter, director of freshwater strategies at The Nature Conservancy, spelled out four water resolutions through a thought-provoking series of blog posts. One of those resolutions was to better understand and communicate the differences between water use and water consumption. This is a particularly important issue, as there has been a lot of […]

In the Face of Growing Risks, Every Day Is a World Water Day

Today marks the 20th anniversary of the first World Water Day, an international celebration designed to draw attention to the importance of freshwater resources. However, for a large and growing proportion of the world’s population, every day is a World Water Day. Difficult, complex water challenges including drought, groundwater depletion, pollution, and clean drinking water […]

New Study Raises Question: What Don’t We Know About Water Scarcity?

A new study from the United States Geological Survey (USGS) reveals troubling news: The aquifers that millions of Americans rely on for freshwater are being depleted at an accelerating rate. In fact, aquifer depletion in the years between 2004 and 2008 was nearly triple the historical average. Population growth and increasing demand—in particular for irrigating crops—are straining these underground […]

A NEW GLOBAL INITIATIVE FOR SUSTAINABLE RESOURCE MANAGEMENT

GOALS INCLUDE: Preservation of Indonesia’s virgin tropical rainforests Conversion of degraded land into new sustainable certified oil palm plantations Reduction of greenhouse gas emissions and loss of biodiversity from forest clearing Development of opportunities for local communities Improvement of sustainable and legal logging through adoption of certified forest management guidelines Increased viability of certified wood […]

NewPage Corporation

Headquartered in Miamisburg, Ohio, NewPage Corporation is the largest coated paper manufacturer in North America, based on production capacity. The company’s product portfolio is the broadest in North America and includes coated freesheet, coated groundwood, supercalendered, newsprint and specialty papers. These papers are used for corporate collateral, commercial printing, magazines, catalogs, books, coupons, inserts, newspapers, […]

Developing A Responsible Way Forward

POTICO consists of a portfolio of revenue streams—sustainable palm oil, certified timber, carbon offsets—designed to divert planned oil palm plantations onto degraded lands and bring the forests that were slated for conversion into certified sustainable forest management. Project POTICO aims to have 250,000-1,250,000 acres of degraded land converted into oil palm plantations and a corresponding […]

Significant pressure.

However, the world’s forests have been under significant pressure. After the last ice age but before the dawn of agriculture, forests covered about half of Earth’s land mass. But today, only half of this original forest cover remains. Forty percent has been cleared at some point and is considered “working”, “managed”, or “fragmented” forest. Only […]