October, 2021

Wednesday, October 13, 2021
In less than a decade, conversations about oil as a precious resource will feel like tone deaf relics of the past. Water, the foundation of life and wellness for all of us, is a resource so precious that we can scarcely afford to lose a drop.
Join Vivreau Water's Tony Baker (with a law firm case study) in an exploration of how plastic reduction and carbon footprint are inextricably linked concepts, both of which share water as their core concern. We will examine how filtering and portion-dispensing local water can result in a significant reduction in single-serve plastic bottles while positively impacting health and wellness with tangible benefits like increased productivity, decreased absenteeism due to illness, and even reductions in extended medical insurance premiums.
Along the way, you’ll also learn how a sustainable water program for your office results in real-world cost savings and a measurable gain in operational efficiencies. This session is for those who want to stay ahead of the curve on the topic of progressive, contemporary workspaces.
Business Development Manager
LFSN Members to Speak at Legal ESG Summit
The Internal Race to Net Zero | October 26th 1:15-2pm ET
LFSN is hosting this session to raise awareness for law firms to reduce their own environmental impact
The path to net zero can seem challenging when there are numerous approaches to manage a firm’s emissions. It can be difficult to obtain emissions data or even then, reliable data for scope 2 energy or scope 3 emission sources from suppliers, such as travel. There are numerous platforms that offer expert advice and guidance to help calculate and manage emissions and some firms are managing their emissions in-house. What’s the right choice? Our panel will share in the 45 minute session:
  • How they are managing their emissions data
  • Which emission sources firms are prioritizing and why
  • Public and private commitments firms are making
In one of our next LFSN sessions, we will go in depth on this topic.
Alison Torbitt
Partner, Energy and Environmental practice group
Nixon Peabody LLP
Susan Bright
Global Managing Partner for Diversity & Inclusion and Responsible Business,
Hogan Lovells LLP
Aileen Crowson,
Director of Pro Bono and Responsible Business Eversheds-Sutherland LLP
If you or colleague are speaking or have an event of interest, email us if you would like to share.
LFSN is excited to launch the discussion forum in beta. This member-only forum will help us continue to support one of our goals of knowledge sharing. Here you may:
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(Expected to be a priority topic for COP26)
October 5th 2021 | World Meteorological Organization
Water is a top adaptation priority.
In 2018, 2.3 billion people were living in countries under water stress and 3.6 billion people faced inadequate access to water at least one month per year. By 2050, the latter is expected to be more than five billion.
Assuming a constant population, an additional 8% of the world’s population in the 2000s will be exposed to new or aggravated water scarcity associated with a 2°C of global warming.
Water-related hazards have increased in frequency for the past 20 years. Since 2000, flood-related disasters have ncreased by 134%, compared with the two previous decades. The number and duration of droughts also increased by 29% since 2000 compared to the two previous decades.
Over the past 20 years, terrestrial water loss has been occurring at approximately 1cm/year.
According to UNFCCC, water is an adaptation priority in 79% of the Nationally Determined Contributions (NDCs) to the Paris Agreement.10 And not only is water among the highest priority sectors across all NDCs, it is a cross-cutting factor affecting adaptation in the majority of sectors.
National Hydrological Services (NHSs) – the national public agencies mandated to provide basic hydrological information and warning services to the government, the public, and the private sector – lack the full capacities needed to provide climate services for water.
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Oct 4, 2021 |
Water scarcity will be the biggest climate-related threat to corporate assets like factories within the next few decades, according to a recent report – but it seems to have barely registered on investors’ radar.
the human cost of worsening scarcity is already fully apparent; about one out of every four people in world don't have access to safely managed drinking water at home, and in just a few years about two-thirds of the global population could face water shortages.
A lack of water is triggering violent conflict in places like India’s Northern Plains, and creating new migrants and refugees who may contribute to further shortages wherever they resettle. Sydney will endure shortfalls within 20 years if the city continues growing at its current rate, according to a recent estimate, while residents of San Jose, California, (the “Capital of Silicon Valley”) are being threatened with penalties if they don’t cut their water use by 15%. Kenya’s drought has been declared a national disaster.
Lake Poopó: Once Bolivia’s second-largest lake, it has now almost entirely disappeared. Excessive use of its water sources for irrigation is largely to blame, and a warming climate threatens to undermine its recovery. However, experts believe it can still be saved.
Lake Mead: US reservoir supplies 90% of the water for an area of Nevada that’s home to rapidly expanding Las Vegas. According to a recent government projection, there’s a 66% chance it will hit a “critically low” elevation by 2025.
Aral Sea: Wedged between Kazakhstan and Uzbekistan, this was once the world’s fourth-largest inland lake. But the rivers that traditionally fed it were diverted for irrigation, and climate change has intensified local water scar
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