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NEXUS News, 2014 is shaping up to be the year of the energy-water nexus. First, the United Nation’s World Water Day centered on this topic. Then, the U.S. Department of Energy released a 250-page report on the energy-water nexus and indicated that it will be included in its Quadrennial Energy Review. And, this week, the biggest international water conference, World Water Week, is taking on the nexus. - By Kate Zerrenner | Water Energy Food Nexus, Bonn 2011

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02 Sep 14

World Water Week 2014

2014 is shaping up to be the year of the energy-water nexus. First, the United Nation’s World Water Day centered on this topic. Then, the U.S. Department of Energy released a 250-page report on the energy-water nexus and indicated that it will be included in its Quadrennial Energy Review. And, this week, the biggest international water conference, World Water Week, is taking on the nexus. - By Kate Zerrenner

Held every year in Stockholm, Sweden, World Water Week is led by the Stockholm International Water Institute (SIWI) and serves as a platform for over 200 collaborating organizations and 2,500 participants from 130 countries around the world to discuss global water and development issues.

31 Aug 14

Job

Texas A&M University’s College of Agriculture and Life Sciences hires an Assistant Professor for the Economics of Energy, Water and Food Systems. Deadline for application is 31 Jan 2015.

28 Aug 14

Water-Energy Nexus

A recent report released by the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE), The Water-Energy Nexus: Challenges and Opportunities, attempts to plan for this uncertainty by providing a landmark review of the US energy-water nexus - the first report of its kind from DOE. - by Kate Zerrenner

25 Aug 14

China

China’s rapidly growing economy is very quickly testing the limits of its resource constraints. While China is home to a quarter of the world’s population, it is endowed with disproportionately less arable land, oil and water. By Julian L. Wong.

03 Jul 14

Urban Nexus

The third regional workshop on “Integrated Resource Management in Asian cities: the Urban Nexus” took place from 25-27 June, 2014 in Da Nang, Viet Nam organised by GIZ in cooperation with UN ESCAP and ICLEI SEAS. The workshop concentrated on innovative technologies with regard to waste water management creating the link to energy, irrigation water and fertilizer/night soil generation (“close the loop”) as well as on alternative concepts of solid waste treatment (Maximum Yield Technology/MYT).

03 Jul 14

Water Dialogue Forum

IGAD has designed the Inland Water Resources Management Program, INWRMP, with the objective of harnessing its water resources in an integrated and coordinated manner so as to achieve food security, avoid potential or real water related conflicts and attain peace and sustainable development.The IGAD-INWRMP is going to have a Water Dialogue Forum on “Water for Regional Cooperation” on 3-5 Dec 2014, Nairobi, Kenya. Deadline for papers is 15 Aug 2014.

NEXUS in the Media

01 Sep 14

Farming First

Ahead of World Water Week, which begins this Sunday, we invited Colleen L. Boodleman, an AgWater Science consultant with the San Francisco Urban Agriculture Alliance to explain how local, urban agriculture projects can solve the challenges posed by the Water-Energy-Food Nexus. This blog is part of our ongoing series with the Young Professionals for Agricultural Development network (YPARD).

01 Sep 14

A new report released by REEEP – the Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency Partnership – shows how businesses can take the lead in creating sustainable solutions within the water-energy-food nexus. But governments must do more to help small businesses benefit from the value added of integrated thinking about water, energy, and food.

31 Aug 14

Zawya

The Sahara Forest Project (SFP) pilot facility in Qatar has been cited by the Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO) of the United Nations as an example for making possible “high-quality and diverse food productions in desert areas, minimising energy and freshwater needs”. “The facility is technology-intensive, but the experience could be replicated in coastal areas of other dry countries,” the FAO has suggested in its latest key publication, Walking the Nexus Talk: Assessing the Water-Energy-Food (WEF) Nexus in the Context of the Sustainable Energy for All Initiative.

31 Aug 14

The Guardian

Torgny Holmgren explains why the 2014 theme is energy and water and what impact he hopes this year’s conference will have

29 Aug 14

EDF Blog

The primary graphic used to illustrate the connection between these three resources is the Sankey diagram. At first glance, it may make your head spin, but Sankey diagrams are commonly used to visualize energy transfers (although they are also used for other things, such as migration flows).

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