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Reefs at Risk Revisited

This report provides a detailed assessment of the status of and threats to the world's coral reefs. It evaluates threats to coral reefs from a wide range of human activities, and includes an assessment of climate-related threats to reefs. It also contains a global assessment of the...

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Using Economic Incentives to Connect U.S. Forests, Water, and Communities

In December 2010, over 50 U.S. natural resource practitioners and experts joined the Northern Forests Watershed Incentive Project’s second annual webinar, which provided an overview of the project and covered successes to date.

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Aqueduct: Understanding Water-Related Risks and Opportunities

A new mapping tool identifies and measures exposure to water risk.

Concerns about the world’s most precious resource - water – are growing, and businesses are increasingly taking note. A recent survey with responses from 150 large corporations conducted by CDP Water Disclosure revealed that 39% of companies have already experienced disruptions in operations, increasing expenses, and other detrimental impacts related to water. Although water risk is a significant concerrn, 62% of the responding companies also recognized that a water-constrained world could create opportunities to reduce operating costs with efficiency gains and generate new business in innovative water solutions.

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Greening Supply Chains in China

Practical Lessons from China-based Suppliers in Achieving Environmental Performance

This working paper highlights examples of five companies operating
in China and illustrates the approaches they have adopted to address
environmental problems. The paper focuses on water pollution within China’s challenging business landscape.

‘Red Sludge’ Wake-up Call for Investors and Financial Institutions

Hungary’s toxic ‘red sludge’ is a stark reminder of why mining companies need to better disclose their water-related risks.

On October 4th, the wall of a wastewater reservoir for the Ajka alumina processing plant broke, sending 35 million cubic feet of corrosive ‘red sludge’ downhill into nearby villages and ultimately the Danube River. This ecological disaster has claimed eight lives and devastated many more by destroying homes, livestock, and crops. Meanwhile workers are rushing to build emergency dams to stem a second flood that is expected to occur should another wastewater reservoir wall collapse.

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Digging Beneath the Surface: Water Risks in Mining

For investors and financial institutions, water risks in the mining sector are difficult to track.

This summer, while Americans focused on the BP oil spill, disaster struck at a copper mine in southeastern China. The mine, owned by China’s largest gold producer, Zijin Mining Group, leaked 2.4 million gallons of waste water laced with acidic copper into the Ting River, killing 2,000 metric tons of fish – enough to feed 72,000 residents for a full year.

Just as the Deepwater Horizon disaster reminds us of the underlying risks of offshore oil drilling, the Zijin disaster demonstrates the environmental risks associated with the thousands of hardrock mineral mines in operation around the world. And, as a new paper from WRI concludes, current reporting practices mean that investors and financial institutions may not be fully aware of these risks, even though they may suffer the consequences.

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Mine the Gap

Connecting Water Risks and Disclosure in the Mining Sector

This paper outlines potential water-related risks facing the mining industry and highlights important gaps in water-related disclosure.

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WRI Joins Céline Cousteau to Talk About Coral Reefs

Nestled amid the concrete and steel of midtown Manhattan, the Ana Tzarev Gallery was recently abuzz with talk of a completely different kind of ecosystem: coral reefs.

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