Nexus in the Media // Archive 2012

Economist Richard Duncan: Civilization May Not Survive "Death Spiral"
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Money Morning // Economist Richard Duncan: Civilization May Not Survive "Death Spiral"

Richard Duncan, formerly of the World Bank and chief economist at Blackhorse Asset Mgmt., says America's $16 trillion federal debt has escalated into a "death spiral," as he told CNBC. "We found an identical pattern in our debt, total credit market, and money supply that guarantees they're going to fail. This pattern is nearly the same as in any pyramid scheme, one that escalates exponentially fast before it collapses. Governments around the globe are chiefly responsible. And what's really...

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Corn for Food, Not Fuel
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New York Times // Corn for Food, Not Fuel

The price of corn is a critical variable in the world food equation, and food markets are on edge because American corn supplies are plummeting. The combination of the drought and American ethanol policy will lead in many parts of the world to widespread inflation, more hunger, less food security, slower economic growth and political instability, especially in poor countries.

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Drought and the Food, Water and Energy Nexus
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ecoCENTRIC // Drought and the Food, Water and Energy Nexus

What a difference a year makes. Last spring, farmers along the Mississippi River watched in horror as the Army Corps of Engineers blew up levees to let floodwaters run into their fields in order to protect downriver cities (check out this NASA video of before and after LANDSAT photos). This year, farmers around the country are watching helplessly as drought causes widespread crop damage. In some places along the Mississippi River, water levels are 50 feet below last year's near record high...

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Blue is the new green
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GrowingBlue // Blue is the new green

A survey of leaders at this year's World Economic Forum in Davos revealed that, for the first time, water-related risks are among the top 5 concerns when considering the likelihood and impact of all major global risks. Only the impact of a major, systemic financial failure concerns them more. Water is suddenly a greater concern than volatility of energy supplies, food shortages or even terrorism. This is a major shift. In the past five years, water hasn't even been on their radar screen as a top...

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Live blog from Oxford University: food, water and energy for all
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The Guardian // Live blog from Oxford University: food, water and energy for all

Jo Confino blogs live from the high level Resource sustainability conference at Oxford University's Smith School, which is looking at new ways to manage resources and mitigate the risks of scarcity.

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Water flows through heart of sustainability challenges
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Business Day (South Africa) // Water flows through heart of sustainability challenges

It is in the interests of big business to work with government to ensure the best use of water in an increasingly water-stressed country.

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The Vital Link between Energy and Water
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EarthSky // The Vital Link between Energy and Water

The energy-water nexus — the vital link between energy and water — is shaping up to be one of the most important issues of the 21st century. EarthSky spoke with Dr. Michael Webber, associate director of the Center for International Energy and Environmental Policy in the Jackson School of Geosciences. He explained that it takes energy to use water.

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Advanced biofuels: Separating the wheat from the chaff
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EurActiv // Advanced biofuels: Separating the wheat from the chaff

Biofuels will be the biggest contributor to the EU's target of providing 10% of transport fuel from renewable energy by 2020, but consumers at the petrol pump could be forgiven for feeling confused about their environmental benefits. Initially hailed as a solution to soaring roadside carbon dioxide emissions — which rose by 26% between 1990 and 2008 — headlines have recently turned to the damage that feedstock-based fuel crops such as biodiesel might have on the planet's climate. This is because...

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The Earth in 2050: What Is the Stress Nexus of Food, Energy, and Water?
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Aspen Ideas Festival (AIF) // Video // The Earth in 2050: What Is the Stress Nexus of Food, Energy, and Water?

By the year 2050, Earth will be home to more than nine billion people – an increase of more than two billion over today's current population. Concerns are escalating about the planet's finite resources and the increasing pressures they will be placed under by a growing, aging, and more affluent population in the coming decades. When we examine what needs to be done to address the gap between available resources and the growing demand for energy, it becomes clear that the drivers of the world's...

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Sustainable agriculture needs integrated solutions
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AlertNet // Sustainable agriculture needs integrated solutions

In its RIO+20 Call-to-action, CGIAR called for "adopting cross-sectoral approaches which facilitate broader partnerships, coordinated regulatory frameworks and appropriate economic incentives. We need the vision and courage to transcend conventional sectoral approaches and apply integrated thinking to the management of agriculture, aquaculture, livestock, forests and water." AlertNET wanted to find out more, and talked to Stephen Hall (Director General, WorldFish Center), Papa Seck (Director...

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