It's World Water Week and we're happy to report that this year's theme is "Water and Energy." Have a look at our curated list of recent posts that help to illustrate just a few examples of how water and energy are connected, and what that means for all of us.
With interest in the energy-water-climate nexus intensifying, the Union of Concerned Scientists (UCS) has emerged as one of the preeminent organizations and resources on this important environmental and economic issue. John Rogers, senior analyst in the Climate and Energy Program at UCS, is at the heart of their work on the nexus.
The 2014 River Rally in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania went swimmingly. But as one panel asked, how quickly can the United States end the process that allows hundreds of aging power plants from sucking up enormous amounts of water that kill billions of fish annually? Not as quickly as they - or the fish - would like.
We here at Ecocentric love water. (How could you not?) We also love energy. On World Water Day 2014, when the theme of water and energy come together, it's double love.
The nexus is a big concept, with big implications for us and our planet. Here, nexus expert Kyle Rabin answers the four most commonly asked questions about the food, water and energy nexus.
"Meet the Nexus: How Food, Water and Energy are Connected" is our guide that shows how making even one good decision about how you use food, water or energy resources can have a positive impact on the others. Even the simple cheese slice you might have had for lunch has a rich story to tell!
Senior Energy Analyst John Rogers of UCS sees collisions everywhere - between the House and Senate, between Democrats and Republicans and between energy and water. Rogers explains why "a clear view of current energy-water collisions can certainly help point us to the fixes there."
The nation's power plants withdraw massive amounts of water every day from rivers, lakes, and the ocean, destroying 2 billion fish and 528 billion eggs and larvae each year. It's time for states to put a stop to this needless devastation.
A new Waterkeeper and Sierra Club-led coalition report reveals that pollution from coal-fired power plants are contaminating our water supplies, our regulatory agencies and even our political process.
The overreliance of US electricity generation on water has become an increasingly risky and difficult relationship to maintain in an age of weather extremes. The Union of Concerned Scientists has some ideas on what should be done differently to avoid a potentially grim future.
A group of people who research, manage and write about the energy-water nexus recently gathered at the National Science Foundation (NSF) in Washington, DC to determine research needs to help the country achieve sustainability at the nexus. Here's what they found.
Hundreds of power plants - now 40, 50 or 60 years old - still use antiquated, once-through cooling systems. Will the US EPA ever rein in these plants' massive water use? And what can we do in the meantime?
Among all the resources that go into producing electricity, water often gets lost in the shuffle. Here's what we know: It can take a lot of water to generate electricity. How much? Well, that's a complicated question that researchers are beginning to tackle.
Recently, GRACE Program Director Kyle Rabin interviewed Dr. Chris Gobler of Stony Brook University. They discussed threats to Long Island's drinking water supply, harmful algal blooms like brown tide and how a local shellfisherman's personal story inspired Chris's path as a scientist and professor.
A person might wonder how images of a bunch of mirrors in a desert would yield beautiful - and important - photography. Welcome to the work of Jamey Stillings and his online exhibit of photos at the Forward Thinking Museum of the ongoing construction of the Ivanpah Solar project in the Mojave Desert.
March 22nd is both World Water Day and the kick-off to the Year of Water Cooperation, so it's a perfect time to highlight the unlikely alliance between wastewater and power plants.