The UN’s Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) just released its 5th assessment report, representing seven years of research from thousands of scientists and meant to provide a “clear and up to date view of the current state of scientific knowledge relevant to climate change.” Governments around the world are currently reviewing the report and a final synthesis will be approved in October.
MG senior associate and member of our environment team, Bevan Griffiths-Sattenspiel, was primary author and researcher on a report called The Carbon Footprint of Water, and his findings on the breakdown of total water-related energy consumption in the US are cited in the latest IPCC assessment. For instance, did you know that the equivalent of 13 percent of all electricity use in the US is directly related to moving, treating, and heating water? Thanks in part to his research, we now know that water efficiency not only saves water but is also a key strategy for reducing energy use and greenhouse gas emissions to fight climate change.
Bevan produced this report while working for River Network, a national organization solving river problems through grassroots citizen action. River Network is an organization MG knows well, having developed their innovative RiverSmart campaign to increase public awareness about contamination of our rivers.
We’re so proud of Bevan and the great, formative work he’s done to advance a response to climate change.
Click here to read the IPCC report — and be sure to read the freshwater resources section extra carefully!