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Water-Energy Nexus: Solutions to Meet a Growing Demand
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Publication // Water-Energy Nexus: Solutions to Meet a Growing Demand

Water and energy are vital to the prosperity of the United States. We describe intimate but easily overlooked connections between the two resources: energy production relies on enormous amounts of water, and developing and delivering water supplies consumes large amounts of energy. As demand for both water and energy is expected to increase with population growth, we describe the challenges to addressing limited water and energy supplies. Obstacles exist at all scales and demand involvement of...

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The Water and Food Nexus: Trends and Development of the Research Landscape
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Publication // The Water and Food Nexus: Trends and Development of the Research Landscape

The report, "The Water and Food Nexus: Trends and Development of the Research Landscape" analysed the major trends in water and food-related article output at international, national and institutional levels. Elsevier and Stockholm International Water Institute (SIWI) worked closely together on creating the report, which is based on the analysis of Scopus citation data by Elsevier's SciVal Analytics team.

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Energy and Water: Connection and Conflict - Drought's Impact on Energy Production and Water
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Publication // Energy and Water: Connection and Conflict - Drought's Impact on Energy Production and Water

In order to help understand the relationship between water and our nation's energy production, Rep. Ed Markey (D-Mass.) released a new report today detailing the connection between energy production and water use. The report highlights solutions to address water resources as the population grows and the climate continues to warm. The report, "Energy and Water: Connection and Conflict", makes the case that to meet future energy demand, the U.S. will need to ensure that water resources are easily...

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Scoping the Water-Energy-Pollution Nexus in Urumqi and Qingdao
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Research Project Outline // Scoping the Water-Energy-Pollution Nexus in Urumqi and Qingdao

This pilot project is a scoping study on how PRC's current co-control analytical methods can be expanded to quantify interactions between water and energy as well as carbon and air pollutants. PRCEE's scoping paper will lay out a roadmap for a larger research initiative to create more robust analytical tools for a co-control policy program for PRC's 13th Five-Year Plan. The research and analysis will result in a knowledge-based product that comprises a comprehensive three-part, online,...

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Wasted: How America Is Losing Up to 40 Percent of Its Food from Farm to Fork to Landfill
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Publication // Wasted: How America Is Losing Up to 40 Percent of Its Food from Farm to Fork to Landfill

Getting food from the farm to our fork eats up 10 percent of the total U.S. energy budget, uses 50 percent of U.S. land, and swallows 80 percent of all freshwater consumed in the United States. Yet, 40 percent of food in the United States today goes uneaten. This not only means that Americans are throwing out the equivalent of $165 billion each year, but also that the uneaten food ends up rotting in landfills as the single largest component of U.S. municipal solid waste where it accounts for...

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Publication // Large-scale Water Storage in the Water, Energy and Food Nexus. Perspectives on Benefits, Risks and Best Practices

The paper provides an overview of the current status of large scale artificial water storage development and its functions in the water, energy and food security nexus. The paper presents a typology of water storage structures and provides an analysis of the risks, benefits and trade-offs posed by different storage options. It also highlights good practices and lessons learned from past experiences and explores emerging opportunities for water storage schemes to enhance water, energy and food...

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Climate change, water stress, conflict and migration
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Publication // Climate change, water stress, conflict and migration

The presentations during the conference on climate change, water, conflict and migration, held on 21 September 2011 in The Hague, the Netherlands, have been bundled as papers.

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Burning Our Rivers <<-->> The Water Footprint of Electricity
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Publication // Burning Our Rivers <<-->> The Water Footprint of Electricity

It takes water to produce electricity. As many Americans retreat to air-conditioned environments to get out of the heat, the flame increases under our limited freshwater resources. The electrical energy used to create our comfort zones requires massive withdrawals of water from our rivers, lakes and aquifers to cool down nuclear, coal and natural gas power plants. Some of this water is evaporated while the majority of this water is warmed up–causing thermal pollution–killing aquatic life,...

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The Green Economy Pocketbook: The Case for Action
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Publication // The Green Economy Pocketbook: The Case for Action

This publication describes a vision for change. It provides a snapshot of the opportunities, as well as the questions, presented by a shift to a green economy for communities, for governments and for businesses. It describes glimpses and gives examples of a transition that is already underway but has yet to be taken to scale. It connects some of the dots between the many different actions going on at all levels - civil society, government, finance, business - to show how we can evolve our...

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Choke Point: US
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Research and Reporting Project // Choke Point: US

In undertaking Choke Point: U.S., Circle of Blue set out to understand whether the transition to a low-carbon economy would produce a penalty or a dividend for freshwater consumption in the United States. Multimedia reporters were dispatched to the coalfields of southwest Virginia, the dry plains of South Dakota, the tar sands region of Alberta, Canada, the oilfields and solar-generating deserts of southern California, and biofuel production plants in the Midwest. The facts and insights gathered...

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