30 Jan '13, 4pm

A One-Stop Shop for Water Worries: A new mapping tool visualizes water stress and scarcity around the globe.

A One-Stop Shop for Water Worries: A new mapping tool visualizes water stress and scarcity around the globe.

Aqueduct, World Resources Institute The Aqueduct Water Risk Atlas harnesses the latest geo-tagged scientific data to map the state of freshwater supplies globally. Water, or the lack thereof, is one of the defining challenges of the 21st century. As temperatures rise and droughts become more frequent, the threat of dwindling water resources worries not just environmentalists and governments but companies and their investors, too. Nearly every industrial sector, from food and beverages to mining to pharmaceuticals, depends on water for its operations. Figuring out which places are likely to be hit hardest can help a company either steer clear of a certain region or plan ahead to minimize damage to its business or supply chain. Now, a new interactive tool is at hand to help clarify those risks. The Aqueduct Water Risk Atlas , just unveiled online by the nonprofit World Resou...

Full article: http://green.blogs.nytimes.com/2013/01/30/a-one-stop-shop...

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