Nexus in the Media // Archive 2016

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Union of Concerned Scientists // How it Works: Water for Coal

Coal-fired power plants, which produce almost half of the country’s electricity, have significant impacts on water quantity and quality in the United States. Water is used to extract, wash, and sometimes transport the coal; to cool the steam used to make electricity in the power plant; and to control pollution from the plant. The acts of mining and burning coal, as well as dealing with the waste, also can have major effects on water quality.

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Huffington Post // The Intersection of Water, Energy and Climate

In our globalized world, everything is interconnected. Water, energy and climate can no longer be thought of as separate issues. The only effective, immediately available solution to meet the rising demand for water and energy, while also mitigating climate change, is to scale up renewable energy and phase out fossil fuels. This shift is happening, but not fast enough.

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The Guardian // Coal plants use as much water as 1 billion people and consumption set to double

World Water Day research finds 44% of coal plants, and 45% of planned coal power plants, in areas of water stress.

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ECOMENA // Water-Food Linkage in Arab World

By Waleed Khalil Zubari. The water-food linkage represents an important and vital nexus in the Arab countries. Under the current unstable food security situation (fluctuating energy prices, poor harvests, rising demand from a growing population, the use of bio-fuels and export bans have all increased prices), the ability for the Arab countries to feed their growing population is severely challenged by competition over increasingly limited water resources. Agriculture is currently challenged by...

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PHYS.org // Water-energy dependence around Pacific Rim mapped

A wide-ranging analysis of water vulnerability across the Pacific — including the U.S., China, Russia and Japan — has identified hundreds of locations where energy production depends upon scarce water supplies. The Sandia National Laboratories study, "Mapping Water Consumption for Energy Production Around the Pacific Rim," was published in Environmental Research Letters.

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Politico // Oil-rich Norway could become Europe’s ‘green battery’

Its hydro power could help ease Europe’s transition to renewables: The oil and gas exports that made Norway rich are also key contributors to climate change. The country would be able to deliver a lot of power “when the sun doesn’t shine and the wind doesn’t blow, in times where Europe needs huge volumes fast,” Norway’s energy minister Tord Lien said.

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National Geographic // Booming Seaweed Farming Exposes Producers and Environment to Risks, Experts Warn

Seaweed farming has grown from the late 1950s into an industry offering sustainable employment in developing and emerging economies, notably China and Indonesia. "The rapid expansion of any industry, however, can result in unforeseen ecological and societal consequences," according to the authors of a recent study.

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Bloomberg // Data Centers' Water Use Has Investors on High Alert - Can companies keep using hundreds of millions of gallons a year as California dries up?

Data centers, used by governments and large corporations to house their computer systems, have one big environmental problem: They get hot. To keep them from overheating, large data centers can pump hundreds of millions of gallons of water a year through the facilities, according to company reports. That high demand for water has some investors concerned, especially in places where natural water resources are becoming ever more precious, like tech-heavy California.

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Mining Weekly // S Africa still reliant on coal, struggling to transition to low-carbon economy

South Africa is the twelfth-greatest emitter of greenhouse gases (GHGs) in the world, as well as the biggest polluter on the African continent, according to German political foundation Friedrich Ebert Stiftung (FES).

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IRENA Newsroom // Solar power boosts food production & fights poverty

Solar power offers health and environmental benefits over traditional energy sources — including reduced emissions and improved air quality — but the social benefits it offers are perhaps less well known.

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