Category Archives: Water

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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nrel 2014 Modeling climate-water impacts on electricity sector capacity expansion

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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Agriculture. Climate change impacts in the United States.

Notes from 25 page: Hatfield, J., et. al. 2014: Ch. 6: Agriculture. Climate Change Impacts in the United States. The Third National Climate Assessment. 150-174. Note the main calorie growing regions of the United States (not shown: hogs, cattle, milk … 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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Climate change is inducing salinity into drinking water world-wide: more cardiovascular and other diseases will rise

Science 23 November 2012: Vol. 338 no. 6110 pp. 1028-1029 Climate Change–Induced Salinity Threatens Health Sea-level rise, storm surges, and cyclones exacerbated by climate change have begun to severely affect coasts and river estuaries in low-income countries. The resulting increased … Continue reading

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Aquifer decline in California

Central valley of California (20,000 Square Miles) Cumulative groundwater depletion in the Central Valley of California, 1900 through 2008 California grows a third of America’s food, so what happens here affects everyone. California lost nearly 145 cubic kilometers of groundwater … Continue reading

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