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News  |  22 May 2017

India // Grappling with inequality in food, energy and water research

By Paty Romero Lankao. As the world’s cities, from Mumbai to Nairobi, grow at explosive rates, governments are struggling to provide residents with necessities, ensuring that those living in informal settlements, where sewage system are sparse and power is patchy, get access to clean drinking water and reliable electricity. Such challenges have helped give rise to a new area of research that scientists call the food, energy, water nexus, or “the nexus.”› more

News  |  22 May 2017

DNC 2017 // It Comes Down to the People

Over 400 participants and a hundred more tuning in remotely from over 50 countries discussed how the sustainable use of environmental resources can be more successful by using linked approaches at the Dresden Nexus Conference (DNC2017). From 17 to 19 May, the United Nations University (UNU-FLORES), the Technische Universität Dresden (TU Dresden), and the Leibniz Institute of Ecological Urban and Regional Development (IOER) organised the second edition of the conference in the Deutsche Hygiene-Museum Dresden. For the former Hungarian Ambassador to the United Nations, Csaba Kőrösi, the meeting is the best forum on the subject in Europe.› more

News  |  16 May 2017

Call for Papers // Virtual Special Issue on “Food-Energy-Water Nexus”

This special issue of "Resources, Conservation and Recycling", ed. by Ming Xu, will provide an opportunity for knowledge exchange to advance our understanding of current state of FEW systems and emerging methodological techniques on FEW nexus modeling that will lead to guiding and developing sustainable and resilient FEW systems. › more

News  |  15 May 2017

Tender // APEC Water-Energy Nexus Expert Workshop

The Secretariat of the Asian-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) has published a Request for Proposal (RFP) for a workshop on the water-energy-food nexus. The Expert Workshop will build on information generated and lessons learned in the completed water-energy nexus study and work by others. › more

Workshops  |  22 May 2017

Catawba-Wateree River Basin // Water-Energy-Food Nexus Community Discussion

The Catawba Riverkeeper Foundation strives to ensure clean, plentiful and affordable water for future generations in the Catawba River Basin. This event will be dealing with the Water-Energy-Food Nexus with a special focus on water quality.› more

Conferences, Forums and Symposiums  |  16 May 2017

Dŵr Uisce Conference 2017 // "Sustainability in Community Energy and Water Resources: Research and Practice"

The first annual Dŵr Uisce Conference will be hosted by Bangor University in Wales. The theme of this years conference aims to address the challenges we face in our communities - energy poverty, finite resources and climate change. The event will include guest speakers on technical, social and governance perspectives on the importance of valuing our water and energy resources, and discuss how we can ensure water and energy security in the future.› more

Workshops  |  15 May 2017

Workshop // Innovation at the Food-Energy-Water Nexus

Interdisciplinary workshop at Marquette University Law School, drawing from engineering, legal, scientific, and policy spheres to offer a unique perspective on the food-energy-water nexus. The workshop format and accompanying discussions will (1) provoke conversations about overcoming barriers to the implementation of innovative water solutions, (2) stimulate ideas for focused academic research in the nexus, and (3) drive the development of organizational policy and technology roadmaps.› more

Policy Papers  |  24 May 2017

Policy Brief // Enhancing regional cooperation in the Middle East and North Africa through the Water-Energy-Food Security Nexus

By Rana El Hajj, Nadim Farajalla, Tessa Terpstra andv Anders Jägerskog. Water, energy and food resources in the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) region are in a critical situation in general but with interregional variations. Additional stressors are projected to aggravate the water, energy and food (WEF) insecurities, most prominently climate change impacts, population trends, conflict and refugees. Given that these resources are closely interlinked and interdependent, many countries in the region could benefit from enhanced cooperation to deal with these challenges in a nexus approach.› more

Research Papers, Publications and Books  |  24 May 2017

Water-Energy Nexus // Shale Gas Development and Drinking Water Quality

By Elaine Hill and Lala Ma. Recent studies have linked shale gas development (SGD) to ground water contamination. The extent of these environmental externalities, to date, remains uncertain. To address this gap, we examine whether shale gas development systematically affects drinking water quality by creating a novel dataset that relates SGD to public drinking water samples in Pennsylvania. Our difference-in-differences strategy finds evidence that additional well pads drilled within 1 kilometer of a community water system intake increases shale gas-related contaminants in drinking water. These results are striking considering that our data are based on water sampling measurements taken after municipal treatment. › more

Research Papers, Publications and Books  |  23 May 2017

Research // Possible pathways and tensions in the food and water nexus

By R. Quentin Grafton, John William and Qiang Jiang. “Bottom-up” field-based, crop-hydrological models are used to estimate food production and irrigation water extractions under multiple scenarios of water and nitrogen use and crop yield increases from 2010 to 2050 for 19 countries. › more

8 May 2017

Food Integrity Campaign Blog // Bringing Attention to the Water-Energy-Food Nexus

The Water-Energy-Food Nexus was initially discussed at length at a conference in Bonn, Germany, in 2011, but the gist is neither dated nor technical. It is simply a way of illustrating that the things we need and the ways we provide them are thoroughly intertwined. Examples of these interconnections can be seen with a brief look at the way we produce and provide food and water for our global human population.› more

8 May 2017

Balkan Green Energy News // Findings of Drina river basin nexus assessment presented in Sarajevo

The third and final workshop on Water-Food-Energy-Ecosystems Nexus and the Benefits of Transboundary Cooperation in the Drina River Basin was held in Sarajevo. The need to coordinate efforts to prioritize investments and to institutionalize nexus approach were some of the messages sent from the workshop.› more

5 May 2017

Forbes // Meeting The World's Food, Water And Energy Needs: A Reason For Optimism

By Daniel Runde. How will we feed the 9 billion people that will live on this planet in a few decades? Will we have enough water for all these people to drink? Will there be sufficient water to grow the food we will eat, and to cultivate the consumables we will desire? Will we have enough energy to power the kind of future that we all want? These are important, even existential questions. Water, food, and energy concerns are real, immediate and interconnected and these are important challenges. At the same time, we have the ability to manage or even solve these challenges.› more