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Sustainability News | Water | October 2021

Oct 31, 2021

This month we’ve been talking a lot about water – why we need it, where it comes from, how to storage, save and measure it…  But it’s also been featured in the media a lot this month too.

Environment Bill: Government U-turn over water firms dumping raw sewage after fierce backlash

The change in direction comes after several Tory MPs faced a huge backlash from constituents when they voted down the amendment to the Environment Bill tabled by the Lords last week.

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Why water is the next net-zero environmental target

Net-zero pledges have become more common among companies and governments as concerns over climate change and the planet’s environment continue to grow.

While much of that has focused around curbing greenhouse gas emissions, there is a wave of net-zero pledges that focus on water.

The UN, whose COP26 climate conference takes place this week, is predicting that there will be a 40% shortfall in freshwater resources by 2030.

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Corporations are pledging to be ‘water positive’. What does that mean?

Reuse, watershed restoration and new cooling methods back companies’ commitments to conserve scarce water resources.

One of PepsiCo’s largest food manufacturing plants sits in the perennially water-stressed Valley of Mexico watershed, which provides water to 21 million people in Mexico City and its surrounding suburbs. The aquifer running below the city is so drastically depleted that the metropolis is sinking as the water table falls, and the pipes that bring water in from far-off rivers and lakes are in disrepair.

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Lack of water presents ‘existential’ threat, says Environment Agency Chief

Sir James Bevan sets out hopes of keeping the 1.5°C target alive at COP26, but warns whatever is agreed the damage from climate change will be felt for decades.

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