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News  |  18 Jan 2017

Balancing Climate and Development Targets Through a Water-Energy-Food Nexus approach: Lessons from Amazonia and Indonesia

Using a ‘Water-Energy-Food Nexus’ approach can help policy-makers navigate the trade-offs involved in working towards economic growth and sustainable development. Helen Bellfield of the Global Canopy Programme describes how CDKN research applied this approach in Brazil, Colombia, Peru and Indonesia. › more

News  |  18 Jan 2017

Call for Applications // Transdisciplinary workshops on the impacts of urbanization on the food-energy-water nexus

The Belmont Forum, START, Future Earth, and regional partners seek applications to participate in a skill-building opportunity on conducting transdisciplinary (TD) research. The workshops will focus on advancing principles of co-design and co-production in the natural, social, and engineering sciences that address complex sustainability challenges associated with the Belmont Challenge. Deadline is 18 Jan 2017.› more

News  |  17 Jan 2017

Water Efficiency // How nanotechnology can help us grow more food using less energy and water

By Ramesh Raliya and Pratim Biswas. With the world’s population expected to exceed nine billion by 2050, scientists are working to develop new ways to meet rising global demand for food, energy and water without increasing the strain on natural resources. Organizations including the World Bank and the U.N. Food and Agriculture Organization are calling for more innovation to address the links between these sectors, often referred to as the food-energy-water (FEW) nexus. › more

News  |  13 Jan 2017

NEXUS Platform now on Facebook

The NEXUS Platform has now opened a FACEBOOK account to add audience and interaction to the debate around the nexus. Please join us now!› more

Workshops  |  18 Jan 2017

Workshop "Extreme heat and its impact on the Food-Energy-Water nexus"

This is one of three workshops by The Belmont Forum, START, Future Earth, and regional partners. These workshops seek to advance skill development in TD research, as well as increasing aptitude for developing proposals with strong TD elements, which is a cornerstone of all the Belmont Forum’s multi-year Collaborative Research Action (CRA), including the recently launched call on urbanization and the food-energy-water nexus.› more

Workshops  |  18 Jan 2017

Workshop "Food-Energy-Water on the South Platte River"

This is one of three workshops by The Belmont Forum, START, Future Earth, and regional partners. These workshops seek to advance skill development in TD research, as well as increasing aptitude for developing proposals with strong TD elements, which is a cornerstone of all the Belmont Forum’s multi-year Collaborative Research Action (CRA), including the recently launched call on urbanization and the food-energy-water nexus.› more

Conferences, Forums and Symposiums  |  17 Jan 2017

15th International Conference on Environmental Science And Technology // Session "The 5 dimensions of Nexus: Water-Energy-Land-Climate-Food"

The purpose of this special session is to bring together researchers, professionals and policy makers in the field of water, energy, climate and food production sectors to first understand how water and energy management, food production, biodiversity, land use and climate are linked together and then propose sustainable approaches, actions and measures to address the multi-dimensional nexus issues as described by the post-2015 Sustainable Development Goals through innovation and uptake of technologies and policies.› more

Slides  |  17 Jan 2017

Water-Energy Nexus // Impacts of Long-term Drought and High Temperatures on Power Systems in the US Southwest

Prepared for the US Department of Energy, Office of Electric Delivery and Energy Reliability, Infrastructure Security and Energy Restoration Division. › more

Policy Papers  |  17 Jan 2017

Water-Food Nexus // Water for Food. Water for Life. A Comprehensive Assessment of Water Management in Agriculture

Edited by David Molden. The Comprehensive Assessment of Water Management in Agriculture is a critical evaluation of the benefits, costs, and impacts of the past 50 years of water development, the water management challenges communities face today, and the solutions people have developed around the world. It is a multi-institute process aimed at assessing the current state of knowledge and stimulating ideas on how to manage water resources to meet the growing needs for agricultural products, to help reduce poverty and food insecurity, and to contribute to environmental sustainability. The findings will enable better investment and management decisions in water and agriculture in the near future by considering their impact over the next 50 years.› more

Research Papers, Publications and Books  |  16 Jan 2017

Fact Sheet Collection // The Water-Energy-Land-Climate Nexus

From Payment for Ecosystem services to Transboundary River Basin Organisations: The interdependencies in the use of resources and the safe provision of water and energy as well as the production of food become apparent. The production of agro-fuels, for example, requires precious water and occupies land that could be used to grow food. Intensive agricultural use in upper watersheds of rivers can intensify erosions and affect electricity generation from hydropower plants downstream. Energy subsidies increase the affordability irrigation pumps for farmers but they lower groundwater levels. Not only climate change, but also climate-change mitigation measures may enhance the pressure on water and land resources. The BMZ funded Water - Energy - Land - Climate Nexus project focuses explicitly on these intersectoral dependencies. Research at the German Development Institute / Deutsches Institut für Entwicklungspolitik (DIE) inquires which incentives, governance mechanism and policy instruments could reduce negative effects and stimulate win-win solutions. › more

18 Jan 2017

Water Technology // Solar-powered water recycling’s benefits in food and beverage processing

By Vincent Paolucci and Al Colanero. Changing to solar power and implementing water recycling systems provide effective ways for companies in the food and beverage industry to reduce operating costs and increase cash flow, while becoming energy efficient and environmentally responsible. In particular, manufacturers and distributors of food and beverage products that occupy commercial buildings, especially buildings with large rooftops, can benefit from the installation of solar panels.› more

18 Jan 2017

MIT News // How engineering students are seeking to solve major food and water security problems

By Carolyn Schmitt. Food and water are two necessities for survival, but what happens when a changing climate in key agricultural regions threatens crop production? Or when the quality of milk cannot be ensured as it is exchanged between producer and seller? Seven MIT graduate students studying food and water security issues presented their research and preliminary findings on issues such as these during the MIT Water and Food Security Student Symposium held on Nov. 21. Hosted by the MIT Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering (CEE) and the MIT Abdul Latif Jameel World Water and Food Security Lab (J-WAFS), the event brought together professors and students to discuss food and water challenges and opportunities to address these through research.› more

18 Jan 2017

The Express // Government reviews potential for water energy

If the independent review, conducted by former UK energy minister Charles Hendry, backs the technology, it could provide a boost to a “world first” project to harness the power of the tides in the Severn Estuary. The assessment, commissioned last year amid negotiations on the project, has looked into whether the lagoons represent value for money and how they could contribute to the UK's energy mix in the most effective way. › more