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Exploring the Population/Water Resources Nexus in the Developing World
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Exploring the Population/Water Resources Nexus in the Developing World

This article explores the population/water resources nexus by using empirical examples from Africa in order to isolate some of the strategically important issues that policymakers should recognize. Two distinct areas of Africa have been selected: first, "Southern Africa," which for purposes of this article will mean countries belonging to the Southern African Development Community (SADC); and second, "East Africa," which for purposes of this article will mean countries geographically located...

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Working Towards Sustainable Development: Opportunities for decent work and social inclusion in a green economy
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Publication // Working Towards Sustainable Development: Opportunities for decent work and social inclusion in a green economy

A green economy is necessary if sustainable development is to be realized. However, as this report emphasizes, a green economy can also, if accompanied by the right policy mix, create more and better jobs, lift people out of poverty and promote social inclusion. In fact, the growth model of the past few decades has been inefficient, not only economically, but also from environmental, employment and social perspectives. A new development model — one which puts people, fairness and the planet at...

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Vulnerability of US and European electricity supply to climate change
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Research // Vulnerability of US and European electricity supply to climate change

In the United States and Europe, at present 91% and 78% of the total electricity is produced by thermoelectric (nuclear and fossil-fuelled) power plants, which directly depend on the availability and temperature of water resources for cooling. During recent warm, dry summers several thermoelectric power plants in Europe and the southeastern United States were forced to reduce production owing to cooling-water scarcity. Here we show that thermoelectric power in Europe and the United States is...

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Resource Revolution: Meeting the World's Energy, Materials, Food, and Water Needs
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Report // Resource Revolution: Meeting the World's Energy, Materials, Food, and Water Needs

A joint report by the McKinsey Global Institute and McKinsey's Sustainability & Resource Productivity Practice shows that the resource challenge can be met through a combination of expanding their supply and a step change in the way they are extracted, converted, and used. Resource productivity improvements that use existing technology would satisfy nearly 30 percent of demand in 2030. Fifteen areas, from more energy-efficient buildings to improved irrigation, could deliver 75 percent of the...

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

The tightening "choke point" between energy demand and water supply jeopardizes China's economic stability. That is the top-line finding of an the ongoing research and reporting project "Choke Point: China", from Circle of Blue and the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars China Environment Forum. The full series of articles, images and infographics <<-->> at the heart of the water-energy-food nexus <<-->> is online here. Circle of Blue <<-->> the network of leading journalists,...

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"The Energy-Water-Food Nexus" Research Highlight of the Australian National University
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Research // "The Energy-Water-Food Nexus" Research Highlight of the Australian National University

"More research is needed to examine the interdependencies between energy and water to better inform policy makers how to improve the integration of these vital resources. "There has been very little research into how even the most dominant relationships between energy and water can be incorporated into regional, national and international policy development," says Karen Hussey, "and once you throw food security into the mix the challenge is immense."

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International Rivers’ Contribution for the Rio+20 Compilation Document
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Publication // International Rivers' Contribution for the Rio+20 Compilation Document

International Rivers welcomes the opportunity of Rio+20 to provide input into this critical process and offers the following comment and recommendations on the conference's Green Economy theme.

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2012 UN-Water Status Report on the Application of Integrated Approaches to Water Resources Management (Full Report)
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Publication // 2012 UN-Water Status Report on the Application of Integrated Approaches to Water Resources Management (Full Report)

This report, based on an analysis of data from more than 130 countries, looks at the issues that pertain to the management, development and use of fresh water resources. Its starting point is in the Earth Summit's Agenda 21 recommendation for an integrated approach to the management of water resources. It is intended to inform decision-making at the Rio+20 conference and follow-up global policy discourses. It will facilitate information exchange to enhance the coherence and impact of national...

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2012 UN-Water Status Report on the Application of Integrated Approaches to Water Resources Management (Executive Summary)
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Publication // 2012 UN-Water Status Report on the Application of Integrated Approaches to Water Resources Management (Executive Summary)

This report, based on an analysis of data from more than 130 countries, looks at the issues that pertain to the management, development and use of fresh water resources. Its starting point is in the Earth Summit's Agenda 21 recommendation for an integrated approach to the management of water resources. It is intended to inform decision-making at the Rio+20 conference and follow-up global policy discourses. It will facilitate information exchange to enhance the coherence and impact of national...

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The Global Resource Nexus: The Struggles for Land, Energy, Food, Water, and Minerals
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Publication // The Global Resource Nexus: The Struggles for Land, Energy, Food, Water, and Minerals

Unless the transatlantic community takes the lead in addressing the challenges arising from the unprecedented global demand for land, energy, food, water, and minerals, severe market disruptions are likely to occur, as are increased chances of violent conflict at interstate and local levels in many "hot spots," especially in Asia, Africa, and Latin America.

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