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That glass of beer took more water to make than you think

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Image from World Wildlife Fund Web movie illustrating the water footprint of a latte. (Photo courtesy of WWF)

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Image from World Wildlife Fund Web movie illustrating the water footprint of a latte. The movie explains how all the inputs combined require more than 50 gallons of water. (Photo courtesy of WWF)

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Image from World Wildlife Fund Web movie illustrating the water footprint of a latte. (Photo courtesy of WWF)

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Image from World Wildlife Fund Web movie illustrating the water footprint of a latte. According to the Water Footprint Network, Americans have the highest annual per capita footprint, at more than 655,000 gallons. (Photo courtesy of WWF)

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Make room, carbon footprint. As concern over water scarcity grows, scientists are using a new way to measure the environmental toll of consumption—the “water footprint.”


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