Nexus in the Media // Archive 2012

Countries need "water balance" concerted efforts
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Xinhua // Countries need "water balance" concerted efforts

Developing countries need a more integrated water management or a "water balance" that should be adhered to by all stakeholders around the world to preserve this very previous but perishable resource, according to Jae So, manager of World Bank Water and Sanitation Program. "A 'water balance'is a detailed calculation of water demand from agriculture, industry, to household level as well as water supply and resources," Jae told Xinhua by email before delivering a keynote speech at the IWA World...

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Water could spark future conflicts, leaders warn
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Deutsche Welle // Water could spark future conflicts, leaders warn

Water conflicts are bubbling in many parts of the world, from China and India to the Middle East and southern Africa. A group of former world leaders is calling on the UN to make water a top security concern. As the world's population continues to grow, so does its thirst. But not every nation is equally able to quench it. The looming water crisis threatens political stability and economic development in a number of developing and emerging markets, with implications for global peace, warns a...

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Food shortages could force world into vegetarianism, warn scientists
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The Guardian // Food shortages could force world into vegetarianism, warn scientists

Water scarcity's effect on food production means radical steps will be needed to feed population expected to reach 9bn by 2050. Leading water scientists have issued one of the sternest warnings yet about global food supplies, saying that the world's population may have to switch almost completely to a vegetarian diet over the next 40 years to avoid catastrophic shortages.

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Climate change challenges power plant operations
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Washington Post // Climate change challenges power plant operations

Drought and rising temperatures are forcing water managers across the country to scramble for ways to produce the same amount of power from the hydroelectric grid with less water, including from behemoths such as the Hoover Dam. Hydropower is not the only part of the nation's energy system that appears increasingly vulnerable to the impact of climate change, as low water levels affect coal-fired and nuclear power plants' operations and impede the passage of coal barges along the Mississippi...

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No food without water - Food security despite water scarcity
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KfW // No food without water - Food security despite water scarcity

Agriculture consumes the most water worldwide: the theme of this year's World Water Week in Stockholm was "Water and Food Security". Discussions centered on the question of how agricultural production can be increased by 40 to 50 per cent over the next 30 years in order to provide food security for a growing global population - even though there is not more water available. At the conference some 1,500 experts from development policy organisations and from the policy, scientific and civic...

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Asia's Water Crisis Needs Urgent Fixing
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Jakarta Globe // Asia's Water Crisis Needs Urgent Fixing

Asia's water crisis is at the heart of the world's water challenges, where the degradation of surface and subterranean water resources threatens the ecosystem. With Asia facing the world's lowest per capita access to fresh water, the continent's ever-deeper search for water is sucking groundwater reserves dry with millions of pump-operated wells even as it confronts river depletion. Groundwater is recklessly exploited because it is not visible to the human eye. What is out of sight tends to be...

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India's blackout exposes choice between water and electricity
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GigaOM // India's blackout exposes choice between water and electricity

In India, like in the United States, the power sector is the single largest user of water — more than agriculture. Presuming that India could solve its power problems and build more coal, they would run out of fresh water even faster.

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Wind Turbine Produces Both Electricity and Water
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ecogeek.org // Wind Turbine Produces Both Electricity and Water

While we usually look at wind turbines chiefly as a cleaner, better source of electricity. But in many parts of the world, electricity is only one of several needs faced by much of the population. In answer to a broader set of needs, a new wind turbine has been presented to the market which uses some of the power that it produces to extract as much as 1,200 liters (more than 315 gallons) of clean water per day by condensing it from the air.

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Why PepsiCo is a Global Leader in Water Stewardship and Sustainable Agriculture
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Forbes // Why PepsiCo is a Global Leader in Water Stewardship and Sustainable Agriculture

In a wide-ranging interview with Sanjeev Chadha, President, PepsiCo Middle East & Africa, we discussed the evolving relationship between business and society, water management and sustainability at PepsiCo, shortages and scarcity particularly in the Middle East and Africa, the interconnectivity of water with a number of other critical issues, and key leadership lessons learned from a business perspective in tackling some of the world's most pressing problems.

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Ludgate Targets Recycling, Water in USD 300 Million Resources Fund
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Bloomberg Businessweek // Ludgate Targets Recycling, Water in USD 300 Million Resources Fund

Ludgate Investments Ltd., a London-based private equity investor, is seeking to raise as much as $300 million to finance waste-recycling and water-treatment businesses through a second resource-efficiency fund. "The value proposition is resource scarcity and the fact that wastes have now become commodities, providing strong returns," Chief Executive Officer Gijs Voskamp said in an interview in London. "There is no other way than becoming more efficient with resources."

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