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"Virtual Water" Scientist Wins Award

British professor John Anthony Allan-inventor of "virtual water," a calculation method that considers how much H20 goes into the production of a good-took home the 2008 Stockholm Water Prize on Wednesday.In assessing the virtual water used to provide you with your morning cup of coffee, for example,..




British professor John Anthony Allan-inventor of "virtual water," a calculation method that considers how much H20 goes into the production of a good-took home the 2008 Stockholm Water Prize on Wednesday.

In assessing the virtual water used to provide you with your morning cup of coffee, for example, Allan would consider not only the water physically in your java, but also the water consumed during the growth, production, packaging, and shipping of the beans (which turns out to be upwards of 36 gallons).

Allan's deployment of all-inclusive water-accounting has had a tremendous impact on global trade policy: "The improved understanding of trade and water management issues on local, regional and global scales are of the highest relevance for the successful and sustainable use of water resources," the nominating committee said.

Via Reuters







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