Tuesday, February 10, 2009

Is Water the Next Carbon?

From Fast Company
By Anya Kamenetz


It's become commonplace in the sustainability world to say water is the oil of the 21st century. But it may be more accurate to say it's the new carbon. The problem is not about absolute scarcity--after all, the world's supply of water has remained constant since forever. Instead, we must allocate the resource fairly among competing human needs such as industries, agriculture, and cities. And the solutions have to do with finding efficiencies and closing loops to achieve "water neutrality"--when an enterprise returns the same amount of clean water to the world as it uses. More...