Nexus in the Media // Archive 2012

Contest Between Water and Energy Becoming Big Story
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Mode Shift - Keith Schneider's Blog // Contest Between Water and Energy Becoming Big Story

Tom Friedman, the New York Times columnist, yesterday described the confrontation between population growth and water in China, arguing that a nation developing as fast as that one is bound to hit big economic and ecological impediments. For readers of Circle of Blue, where I serve as senior editor and a global correspondent, this is not a new thought. In fact, in recent months we're seeing lots of fresh evidence that the groundbreaking reporting we've done on the contest between energy, water,...

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"Better Land, Water Management Needed to Fight Hunger," Group Says
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Bloomberg // "Better Land, Water Management Needed to Fight Hunger," Group Says

Smarter use of land, water and energy is needed for the world to continue to make gains against hunger, the International Food Policy Research Institute said today as it released its annual Global Hunger Index. The gauge shows 20 countries with levels of hunger that are "extremely alarming" or "alarming," down from 26 last year and 43 in 1990 when the institute began compiling the index. Burundi, Eritrea and Haiti scored the worst, while the Democratic Republic of Congo, a perennial poor...

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Forget future land and water scarcity, will there be enough farmers?
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Agriculture & Ecosystems Blog // Forget future land and water scarcity, will there be enough farmers?

With droughts on three continents triggering rising food prices, Malthusian fears are growing about the world's ability to feed a fast-growing population. Do we have enough land? What about climate change? Will we - as the Stockholm World Water Week will ask in the coming days - have enough water? Could we even run short of farmers? Such fears are real. The current research focus on the sustainable intensification of farming systems around the world to feed more mouths is important. A world of...

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Rethinking the Value of Wastewater
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Agriculture & Ecosystems Blog // Rethinking the Value of Wastewater

The world's rapid transition to urbanization contributes greatly to the pressure on water, food security, and energy, as the World Water Week Workshop on Securing Water and Food in an Urbanising World explored. We cannot simply look at urbanization as an urban problem. As Pay Drechsel from the International Water Management Institute stressed in the seminar, urbanization has strong links to rural and peri-urban areas, as urban centers become sinks for both rural-borne water and nutrients. The...

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The Energy-Water Nexus - Using physics and estimation to assess energy, growth, options
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Do the Math Blog // The Energy-Water Nexus - Using physics and estimation to assess energy, growth, options

The principal challenge of this century, in my view, will be adapting to a life without abundant, cheap fossil fuels. It has been the lifeblood of our society, and turns out to have some really fantastic qualities. The jury is still out as to whether we will develop suitable/affordable replacements. But additional challenges loom in parallel. Water is very likely to be one of them, which is especially pertinent in my region. For true believers in the universality of substitution, let me suggest...

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19%: The Great Water-Power Wake-Up Call
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climate watch // 19%: The Great Water-Power Wake-Up Call

A few years back, number crunchers at the California Energy Commission tried to add up how much electrical power (and other forms of energy) goes into using water in California. The bottom line number they came up with: 19%. That is, nearly a fifth of all the power generated in California – as well as huge quantities of natural gas and diesel fuel consumed in the state – goes into water-related uses. You might call that report, entitled California's Water-Energy Relationship, as The Great...

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Water and Energy: You Could Soon Pay More, or Use Less
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AOL // Water and Energy: You Could Soon Pay More, or Use Less

Commodity derivatives trading in water? It's not as far-fetched as it sounds, and it may become part of the energy business soon. Water supply is critical to 89% of all electricity generation worldwide, so energy companies need to calculate "water risk" as part of overall business risk. Upmanu Lall, Director of Columbia University Water Center, said key to managing these risks is quantifying them, so businesses can create "actionable agendas."

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Taking a deeper look at food, energy and water
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Aspen Times // Taking a deeper look at food, energy and water

Valley resident leads public conversation on local issues: Paul Andersen has earned a reputation in the Roaring Fork Valley for being a deep thinker and top essayist on environmental issues. Now, he's trying to get midvalley residents more fully engaged in discussing some top issues of the day. Andersen, a columnist at The Aspen Times, will lead a three-part conversation at the Basalt Regional Library that delves into food, energy and water - what he labels the "triumvirate of really critical...

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Building a safe world based on a sustainable water, food and integrity nexus
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Water Integrity Network blog // Building a safe world based on a sustainable water, food and integrity nexus

Our world is facing an urgent food management crisis that is leading to many continuing to go hungry whilst vast amounts of food are being wasted daily. This is why the link between water and food is of immense concern and this year, the World Water Week in Stockholm, organised by the Stockholm International Water Institute (SIWI) was dedicated to this issue. Within the complex nexus of water, food and energy, water plays a critical role and a fair governance mechanism for efficient management...

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Interview: Ben Parfitt on the Water-Energy Nexus
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Water Canada // Interview: Ben Parfitt on the Water-Energy Nexus

The POLIS Project on Ecological Governance's Creating a Blue Dialogue webinar series is ramping up for another year, beginning with a session that will preview a forthcoming report on the water-energy nexus in British Columbia. Water Canada spoke with report author Ben Parfitt of the Candian Centre for Policy Alternatives to learn more.

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