Nexus News // Archive 2015

The "Nexus 2015: Water, Food, Climate and Energy Conference", Chapel Hill/USA, has been cancelled
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Conference cancelled // The "Nexus 2015: Water, Food, Climate and Energy Conference", Chapel Hill/USA, has been cancelled

On 18 Feb 2015, the hosts of the event, The Water Institute at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and collaborators, announced that this conference, one of the leading nexus events of the year, has been cancelled due to very low registration.

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Time to redirect the focus of the Water-Energy-Food Nexus
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New Publication // Time to redirect the focus of the Water-Energy-Food Nexus

The water-energy-food nexus is the "new kid on the block" in development thinking since 2008, and is a key concept within the UN post-2015 development agenda. The current framing of the nexus, however, needs to refocus onto the big issues of inequality and local access rights to resources according to a Special Issue of Water Alternatives, published this week.

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US National Science Foundation to spend 75 million USD on the Nexus
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Nexus Research // US National Science Foundation to spend 75 million USD on the Nexus

As a part of the 2016 budget, NSF plans to invest heavily in research on the Nexus of Food, Energy and Water Systems (INFEWS). This is an NSF-wide investment that aims to understand, design, and model the interconnected food, energy, and water system through an interdisciplinary research effort that incorporates all areas of science and engineering and addresses the natural, social, and human-built factors involved.

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Participants needed for South Africa workshop, 24 and 25 February 2015
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The Nexus Network // Participants needed for South Africa workshop, 24 and 25 February 2015

ESRC would like to invite leading UK academic and non-academics to be selected for a two-day workshop in Cape Town to develop the scope of the programme, on 24 and 25 Feb 2015. Deadline for application is 6 Feb 2015.

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Nexus Thinking Catches On, But Nexus Spending Lags
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The New Lingo of Resource Management // Nexus Thinking Catches On, But Nexus Spending Lags

The tremendous demand human society has for water, food and energy is only expected to increase. And as sectors search for ways to apply integrated solutions that address the needs of all three sectors, they are too often leaving out a critical component - nature - says Ecosystem Marketplace's most recent report on watershed investments. By Kelli Barrett, Ecosystem Marketplace

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Call for Papers: Special Issue of "Sustainable Production and Consumption" on the WEF Nexus
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Water-Energy-Food Nexus // Call for Papers: Special Issue of "Sustainable Production and Consumption" on the WEF Nexus

Publisher Elsevier invites papers from researchers and practitioners in engineering, natural and social sciences as well as humanities. Articles at the interface of these disciplines are particularly encouraged. Deadline is 28 Feb 2015.

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A North Dakota City shows how to get smart on water infrastructure

Water infrastructure and management play a key role in the development of smart citites, and smart cities of the future must intelligently address the related areas of water and energy to fully achieve resource efficiencies. One successful example is Bismarck, North Dakota.

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