Climate change threatens to undermine the basic functioning of societies around the globe, and large multinational companies are not immune to these risks. However, despite the enormous implications for potential losses, few companies prioritize water management and climate change mitigation in their business strategies. This report identifies water-related risks specific to eight industry sectors, and suggests ways companies can effectively align their water use practices with conservation and efficiency efforts.
There is broad recognition that adapting to climate change, coupled with the need to address aging infrastructure, population growth, and degraded ecosystems, will require rethinking programs and policies and investing in our natural and built water systems.
This is the latest in our What Happens Next series. The increasing scarcity of drinking water is beginning to capture the world's attention -- but surprisingly, an innovative solution might just be found in one of the Earth's driest places.
In the hot, dry Middle East, where populations are growing rapidly and all major rivers cross political borders, water has become a focal point for escalating violence. From the foothills of the Taurus Mountains in Turkey...