If Trump Bails On Paris Agreement, At Least He’ll Be Out Of The Way
Climate negotiators are meeting in Bonn, Germany, the next two weeks to move the Paris Climate Agreement forward – even as Republicans in the United States seem intent on moving it backward. Most countries say they want the US to stay in the agreement, but there’s reason to believe it will be better off without us.
Can California Tap Carbon Markets To Save Its Delta (And Its Drinking Water)?
The inland marshes that provide half of California’s drinking water and support its massive agriculture sector are sinking into the ground and drowning in fertilizer running off from farms. They’re also emitting massive amounts of carbon dioxide, contributing to climate change. Here’s how that could be the key to their salvation.
Ecosystem Marketplace has the story.
$25 Billion Ecological Restoration Industry Gathers In Sacramento To Talk Business
As the ecological restoration industry convenes for its flagship meeting this week, two restoration players highlight the sector’s role as a big economic driver. They also stress the need for consistent standards and strong policy in order to craft truly efficient and effective projects that benefit biodiversity and people.
Keep reading at Ecosystem Marketplace.
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Going Green got a Little Easier in New Jersey
Garden State builders and developers now have a guide to going green as environmental consultancy AKRF released the New Jersey Developers' Green Infrastructure Guide. The document contains case studies but ultimately explains the costs and benefits of using green infrastructure.
Keep reading at the Daily Record.
Water Stewardship Standard Takes Root
The Alliance for Water Stewardship's emerging International Water Stewardship Standard is meant to help corporates document and track efforts to use water more sustainably and engage with watershed stakeholders. The food and drink giant Nestlé, a company that helped establish the AWS, is planning to use the standard to certify its West Coast facilities.
Read an interview with the Chief Sustainability Officer of Nestlé Waters North America at Environmental Leader.
Shellfish get in the Trading Game
Researchers are still figuring out the science and economics of it, but Maryland oyster growers may one day be able to generate credits and join the state's nascent nutrient trading program. Supporters of the venture are concerned that current leaders in Washington will wipe out funding for the research though that didn’t happen in the administration’s most recent spending package.
Read more at the Bay Journal.
A Thirsty Industry gets Smart about Water
As a group of NGOs delivered a new discussion paper on context-based water targets, the Beverage Industry Environmental Roundtable assessed its own work on watershed context. The organization says it has long appreciated the local nature of water producing a decision-making methodology in 2015 with plans to publish additional insights later this year.
Just-drinks has more.
Green City, Clean Waters, New Jobs
In a recent analysis, Mayor of Philadelphia James Kenney highlighted the many benefits of the city's Green City, Clean Waters program. The program is spurring a new sector of employment as it implemented hundreds of new green infrastructure programs capable of keeping 1.5 billion gallons of polluted water out of nearby waterways – and it isn’t finished yet.
Read the whole breakdown at Brookings.
Almost Nothing Fishy about World Tuna Day
Tuna-lovers had reason to celebrate on May 2 as the United Nations established World Tuna Day as an internationally recognized event that calls for countries to use marine resources sustainably. Tuna may be an extremely popular food choice but practitioners say the industry can produce it sustainably.
Prompting Out-of-the-Box Thinking on Water
Researchers from Stanford University's Water in the West program created a Living Map of innovative ways to finance water projects in the United States. The map highlights creative nature-based projects with the intention of spurring the spread and creation of new solutions for aging outdated water systems.
Stanford University has details or read coverage from Water Deeply.
Late last month, the European Commission published the Urban Water Atlas, which profiles water management in 40 European cities. The atlas includes a ranking metric water performance, and Amsterdam emerged as the city with the highest score.
Companies and investors interested in mitigating water risks in a meaningful way require more than just additional information. They need context that connects a company's use to the basin status. Enter context-based water targets.
Learn more at WWF.
Location, Location and Green Infrastructure
In a new report from the Urban Land Institute, researchers explore how a rising number of real estate developers are responding to local regulations by incorporating green interventions into their business models. Green infrastructure also carries aesthetic value and appeal for real estate sites, which is another plus for developers, report authors say.
Read more at the ULI magazine.