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The Down & Dirty: This month we give you the down and dirty on water, energy and possible linkages to cancer. An estimated US$7.3 trillion is at risk in primary production sectors including mining and utilities according to the new TEEB report. Author of this report, Trucost tells us why US$1.9 trillion of this is down to water. So do we invest to mitigate this now or wait? In the case of the cancer villages, is official recognition the tipping point? We look at the spread of cancer villages around China and industries that may be responsible. As promised, we also review water for coal and why thirsty miners will in share the pain per CLSA's recent report, whilst Nathanial Bullard of Bloomberg New Energy Finance tells us why Chinese utilities are in hot water as they have to spend US$20 billion if they want to be water efficient. With so much focus on mining, we also review the status of water disclosure for the sector globally to find out why despite leading the way in water disclosure, the sector still has far to go. Perhaps we should all play Aqua Republica: Chengzi Chew of the Danish Hydrology Institute explains how the game can help us gain better perspective on the importance of water allocation and its impact on business, people, food & energy. After all, water is a shared resource and other people also have a say!
   
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The Down & Dirty: This month we give you the down and dirty on water, energy and possible linkages to cancer. An estimated US$7.3 trillion is at risk in primary production sectors including mining and utilities according to the new TEEB report. Author of this report, Trucost tells us why US$1.9 trillion of this is down to water. So do we invest to mitigate this now or wait? In the case of the cancer villages, is official recognition the tipping point? We look at the spread of cancer villages around China and industries that may be responsible.  

As promised, we also review water for coal and why thirsty miners will in share the pain per CLSA's recent report, whilst Nathanial Bullard of Bloomberg New Energy Finance tells us why Chinese utilities are in hot water as they have to spend US$20 billion if they want to be water efficient. With so much focus on mining, we also review the status of water disclosure for the sector globally to find out why despite leading the way in water disclosure, the sector still has far to go. 

Perhaps we should all play Aqua Republica: Chengzi Chew of the Danish Hydrology Institute explains how the game can help us gain better perspective on the importance of water allocation and its impact on business, people, food & energy. After all, water is a shared resource and other people also have a say!

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US$1.9tn: True Cost of Water
Chaoni Huang, Head of Trucost, Asia tells us US$1.9 trillion is the unpaid cost of capital in water that could cost us up to 2.5% of GDP
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Cancer Villages: A Tipping Point? 
We look at the spread of these villages & industries that may be responsible. I
s it the start of a long costly road to clean up?
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Water for Coal: Thirsty Miners?
The recent CLSA Report asks if there enough water to grow coal production. If not, what are our options? Debra Tan expands on the push & pull factors
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Chinese Utilities in Hot Water 
BNEF's Nathanial Bullard shares key findings of their report including the exposure of the Big 5 power companies of China to water risks
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Water in Mining: Disclosure Overview
Given the mining sector's exposure to water risk, we review the status of water disclosure. It seems despite much progress, there is still far to go
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Aqua Republica: Water Strategems 
Can playing Aqua Republica help avert  water wars? Danish Hydrological Institute's Chengzi Chew explains how 'gaming water' can up understanding
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Event Alert
  • London, 30 May: Water Risk & Finance conference on the impact of water risk on investment & corporate strategy
Interest
  • Earthquake survivors drinking water from swimming pools as water supply disrupted in Sichuan
  • Nongfu Spring: black/ brown-red particles found in bottled water sparked discussion in water quality standards
  • Despite being bottled in Guangdong, Nongfu Springs follows lower quality standards of homebase Zhejiang, allowing higher levels of arsenic & cadmium than Guangdong
  • Hebei's Director of Environmental Protection sacked for saying red coloured water doesn't mean its polluted because boiling red beans also produces red water
  • Calls from officials to restrict water flows to other countries, mask a failure to invest in environmental protection, the true cause of Yunan's drought
  • The International Energy Agency (IEA), says freshwater used for world energy production will double within 25 years
  • Walmart rolls out its supplier sustainability index to thousands of suppliers
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