Nexus in the Media // Archive 2016

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nature // Scientific buzzwords obscure meaning

‘Nexus’ is enjoying new-found popularity. But what does it actually mean? Perhaps, like the most distant stars, the nexus is best viewed only with peripheral vision: we can see it’s there, but we shouldn’t focus our gaze directly on it lest its true nature slips from view. And, at the very least, it shows that we should choose our buzzwords with care.

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The Guardian // Is using less water the secret to cutting our greenhouse gas emissions?

California, which uses 20% of its electricity in supplying water, just passed a law to collect emissions data from water utilities

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ReliefWeb // The Nexus of Climate Change and Conflict in the Arab Region

By Kishan Khoday. Climate change amplifies competition for resources in communities and transboundary disputes between countries. This is even more the case in the Arab region, the world’s most water insecure region and with the vast majority of water resources spanning national boundaries. UNDP is scaling up action to build regional partnerships, for example supporting Chad, Egypt, Libya and Sudan to design and implement transboundary agreements on use of the Nubian groundwater system, the...

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Circle of Blue // Marriage Of Coal And Water In Arizona Renews Vows

By Brett Walton. A five-decade-old bond in Arizona between coal power and the delivery of Colorado River water to cities, tribes, and farms may last another quarter-century. The union of coal and water is a foundation of Arizona’s economic and political rise in the latter half of the 20th century, and a monument to a bygone era of colossal engineering projects.

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MIT Technology Review // To Make Fresh Water without Warming the Planet, Countries Eye Solar Power

By Richard Martin. Solar-powered desalination is ideal—if only the cost comes down.

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MIT Technology Review // A Desert Full of Tomatoes, Thanks to Solar Power and Seawater

By Michael Reilly and Jamie Condliffe. Sundrop Farms has used a clever system to grow food using unlikely ingredients — but is the idea likely to catch on?

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Circle of Blue // U.S. Hydropower Grows By Going Small

By Brett Walton. Hydropower in the United States is primed for a shakeup. On one hand, utilities and governments are tearing down old dams with increasing frequency. These dams often produce little or no power while dividing rivers, decimating fisheries, and sterilizing watersheds. On the other hand, lawmakers and officials are keen to wring more power from rivers.

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GreenTechMedia // How Batteries Can Make the Water System More Grid-Friendly

By Jeff St. John. Advanced Microgrid Solutions is using Tesla batteries to turn Irvine’s water treatment plants and pumps into energy assets.

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The Guardian // Africa's portable solar revolution is thwarting thieves

More secure supplies of electricity are helping to spawn new industries in rural Africa by enabling reliable refrigeration and irrigation

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Forbes // Water, Energy, Food - Increasingly, Everything Is Connected

People often think of scientists as solitary types, working alone in our labs, focused on a narrow topic. But if that was ever true, it’s not now. Scientific discovery and creating new technologies don’t fit in a box. That’s certainly the case with questions involving water and energy, and the so-called water-energy nexus has gained attention from both the government and from researchers over the past few years.

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