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Nexus News

News  |  30 Sep 2016

Resilience // The Hidden Risk in the Energy-Water-Food Nexus

By Christoph Frei. As the infrastructure for energy supply and demand continues to develop around the world, it will be critical to strengthen its resilience in order to withstand and mitigate risks to ensure supply to support economic growth. Extreme weather events have increased by a factor of four over the past 30 years. Cyber threats keep energy leaders in Europe and North America awake at night. Ninety-eight percent of power supply depends on the availability of water in an increasingly water-stressed world. With accelerating energy systems integration, resilience is no longer just about returning single assets to full operation after a disruptive event.› more

News  |  29 Sep 2016

Research // National Science Foundation (NSF) invests $72 million in innovations at nexus of food, energy and water systems

To help secure the future of food, energy, and water systems while maintaining vital ecosystem services, the National Science Foundation (NSF) has awarded more than $72 million for fundamental science and engineering research. The investments are part of the NSF Innovations at the Nexus of Food, Energy and Water Systems program, known as INFEWS.› more

News  |  29 Sep 2016

Water-Climate Nexus // Calming the Waters: Why We Need to Better Integrate Climate and Water Policy

By Sabine Blumstein. According to a new report from adelphi, launching at the 2016 World Water Week in Stockholm, transboundary river basins need closer integration of existing instruments provided by the water and climate communities. Water and Climate Diplomacy outlines different water policy tools used in many river basins to support climate change adaptation, but also explains a number of deficiencies. We argue that climate policy instruments could be used to overcome existing shortcomings and strengthen adaptive responses to avoid disputes.› more

News  |  28 Sep 2016

Nexus Job Vacancy // PhD Position in EU Research Project on Water-Energy-Food Nexus at Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona, Spain

The Institute of Environmental Science and Technology of the Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona (Spain) is offering one PhD position to work in a multi-disciplinary EU-funded research project on governance related to the water-energy-food nexus. › more

Upcoming Nexus Events

Event  |   1 Sep 2016

Conference Session // Dealing with a wicked problem?: WEF NEXUS Thinking: UK and International Perspectives

This session of the RGS-IBG Annual International Conference 2016 will explore WEF nexus challenges and associated methodologies and ask if parallels can be drawn from existing wicked problem solutions. Treating Water, Energy and Food (WEF) as an integrated system opens up space to explore efficiency gains and opportunities for innovative low impact solutions.› more

Conferences, Forums and Symposiums  |  20 Aug 2016

Conference // Nexus Thinking

The theme for the 2016 Annual Conference (AC2016) of the Royal Geographical Society (UK) is nexus thinking, an approach that has attracted a surge of interest in the last five years among academics, policy-makers and third sector organizations. The aim of nexus thinking is to address the interdependencies, tensions and trade-offs between different environmental and social domains – an approach to which geographers might feel an inherent attraction. Rather than seeing energy, food and water resources as separate systems, for example, nexus thinking focuses on their interconnections, favouring an integrated approach that moves beyond national, sectoral, policy and disciplinary silos to identify more efficient, equitable and sustainable use of scarce resources.› more

Event  |  16 Aug 2016

Seminar at World Water Week 2016 // Wastewater Reuse for Enhanced Food and Non-Food Value Chains

The seminar will explore the opportunities of using wastewater and organic waste within multifunctional land-use systems for the production of food and energy crops in urban transition zones in Sub-Saharan Africa. In this approach the wastewater is treated in a target-oriented manner to be used for irrigation and nutrient supply of the respective land-use, considering hygienic as well as environmental aspects.› more

New Nexus Resources

Research Papers, Publications and Books  |  29 Sep 2016

Water and Climate Diplomacy // Integrative Approaches for Adaptive Action in Transboundary River Basins

By Sabine Blumstein, Benjamin Pohl and Dennis Tänzler. This report outlines key water governance instruments that support climate change adaptation in transboundary basins. An increasing number of river basins use such instruments, for example data and information sharing mechanisms or flexible water treaties, to address the impacts of climate change and build adaptive capacities. Yet, this report also shows that in many basins such instruments are not employed at all or only to a limited extent. In identifying existing shortcomings, the report asks how such weaknesses could potentially be ameliorated by climate policy instruments.› more

Resource  |  27 Sep 2016

Virtualisation // Virtual water - the water, food, and trade nexus. Useful concept or misleading metaphor?

By J.A. (Tony) Allen. The purpose of this contribution is first, to respond to the request for clarification of the term virtual water by Stephen Merrett. Second, it provides a narrative for those who might not be aware of the origin and development of the concept. Third, the discussion will draw attention to the problems encountered in gaining entry for the idea into those water policy discourses where the it was most relevant.› more

Research Papers, Publications and Books  |  27 Sep 2016

Water-Food Nexus // Increasing Water Productivity in Agriculture

By Katrien Descheemaeker, Stuart W. Bunting, Prem Bindraban, Catherine Muthuri, David Molden, Malcolm Beveridge, Martin van Brakel, Mario Herrero, Floriane Clement, Eline Boelee, Devra I. Jarvis. Increasing water productivity is an important element in improved water management for sustainable agriculture, food security and healthy ecosystem functioning. Water productivity is defined as the amount of agricultural output per unit of water depleted, and can be assessed for crops, trees, livestock and fish. This article reviews challenges in and opportunities for improving water productivity in socially equitable and sustainable ways by thinking beyond technologies, and fostering enabling institutions and policies. › more

Nexus in the Media

27 Sep 2016

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 › more

26 Sep 2016

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.› more

23 Sep 2016

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.› more