Category Archives: Water

Coal plants are causing water shortages in China

Wong, E. March 22, 2016. Report Ties Coal Plants to Water Shortage in Northern China. New York Times. China’s consumption of coal, a major contributor to climate change and the country’s horrific air pollution, is worsening a severe water shortage … Continue reading

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Peak Aquifers: Very little Ground water is renewable, perhaps only 1.5%

Gleeson, Tom, et al. November 2015. The global volume and distribution of modern groundwater. Nature Geoscience. The water in aquifers and wells billions of people depend upon is mostly a non-renewable resource that could run out. Underground water is renewed … Continue reading

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Energy generation water consumption

[Notice how much water biofuels use, especially soybeans for biodiesel] Notes from 21 page: Working Document of the NPC Future Transportation Fuels Study. Topic Paper #31 Water Usage. July 17, 2012 by John Wind and Ray Dums       … Continue reading

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Climate-water impacts on electricity sector capacity expansion NREL 2014

Notes from 12 page: NREL. 2014. Modeling climate-water impacts on electricity sector capacity expansion. To be presented at the ASME 2014 Power Conference Baltimore, Maryland July 28–31, 2014. National Renewable Energy Laboratory. ABSTRACT Climate change has the potential to exacerbate … Continue reading

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Climate change impacts on agriculture in the U.S.

[ I’ve added a senate hearing from 2013 on drought, fire, and freeze effects on agriculture below. Alice Friedemann   www.energyskeptic.com  author of “When Trucks Stop Running: Energy and the Future of Transportation, 2015, Springer] Notes from 25 page: Hatfield, J., … Continue reading

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Homeland Security and Dept of Energy: Dams and Energy Sectors Interdependency Study

[Below are excerpts from this 45 page document. Dams not only provide power but also water for agriculture, drinking water, cooling water for thermal power plants, ecosystem health, fisheries, and so on.  All dams have a finite lifespan of 50 … Continue reading

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Energy production requires a LOT of water

Energy and water – the real blue-chips August 20, 2011 by Nate Hagens and Kenneth Mulder Some excerpts from this article: The 2 most important natural resources are water and energy. In most cases, each is required to procure the … Continue reading

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Groundwater depletion consequences

Robert. Glennon. 9 Oct 2002. The Perils of Groundwater Pumping. The excessive “mining” of our aquifers is causing environmental degradation on a potentially enormous scale. Issues in Science and Technology. National Academy of Sciences. Groundwater is more than 25 percent … Continue reading

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Lack of water threatens energy production

July 2013. U.S. Energy Sector Vulnerabilities to Climate Change and Extreme Weather. 18 July 2013. Katherine Tweed. Collision Between Water and Energy Is Underway, and Worsening. spectrum.ieee.org 24 July 2013. Bloomberg News. China Coal-Fired Economy Dying of Thirst as Mines … Continue reading

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Ground water declining at an alarming rate in Iraq, Iran, Syria, and Turkey

22 Feb 2013. Science vol 339 p.889 Drying Out the Cradle of Civilization New satellite data paint a picture of humans draining the region’s meager water resources at an alarming rate. By measuring subtle changes in the pull of gravity … Continue reading

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