People use lots of water for drinking, cooking and washing, but even more for producing things such as food, paper, cotton clothes, etc. The water footprint of an individual, business or nation is defined as the total volume of freshwater that is used to produce the goods and services consumed by the individual, business or nation.

Check out how you are doing by calculating your own “water footprint” here.& [via WaterFootPrint.org]

[PTF calculates at about 811 cubic meters per person]


Scarce water and population boom leads California to ‘perfect drought’s{Guardian}

· No rain forecast in south of state until September [notation: more like November is when we get rains]· Sprinklers and car washing could be stopped Experts across the city concur that the conditions are ripe in southern California for the “perfect drought”. Los Angeles has recorded just 8.15cm (3.21in ) of rain in the year ending June 30, making it the driest year on record since 1877. According to the National Drought Mitigation Centre, southern California faces “extreme drought” this year, with no rain forecast before September. One climatologist referred to the temperatures in Los Angeles as “Death Valley numbers”.
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The Green Rednecks {MSN}

So, what’s up with this global warming business? And who am I supposed to believe? Some liberal activist or actor who blows into a big-city convention center to tell his audience that the sky is falling? Someone who, for a nice speaker’s fee, will express his concern for the environment before climbing aboard a private jet to give the same pitch in another town a couple hundred miles away? Given a little better delivery — a little more rhythm in their speech — those guys would bring to mind a televangelist who exhorts his flock to repent and sin no more. Then, when the sermon is over, the preacher dips into the collection plate for enough cash to rent a stripper and buy a bottle of gin.The speech-makers will be a lot more believable when they start hitchhiking from town to town. You’ll save some gas, folks, and you’ll meet some interesting people along the way. …Most of the hippies grew up, I guess. They took their water-pipes and their Crosby, Stills and Nash records back into town where today, if they can afford it, they brag about eating wild greens and home grown ‘taters from the weekend farmer’s market
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UN: Half the world soon to be in cities {Yahoo}

LONDON – Some 3.3 billion people — more than half of humanity — will be living in cities by next year, according to a U.N. report released Wednesday. By 2030, cities will be home to close to 5 billion.
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  1. Ginny says:

    My water footprint appears to be 913.

  2. gerry medland says:

    My footprint came out at 747!I feel the content of PTF posts has reached BRAVO stage on my scale,just great informative content,I AM SO PROUD TO READ THE JOURNAL written by YOU ALL.

  3. Stephanie Griffith says:

    My water footprint came out at 754.