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How Badly Is the Wave and Tidal Industry Struggling? Likely Worse Than You Thought

August 19, 2014 by Stephen Lacey

A decade after the surge of attention in marine energy technologies, the industry has not been able to overcome severe technical and financial challenges. As a result, installations have remained at pilot scale, while financing has been largely limited to government programs for testing and demonstrations.[read more]

Building Climate-Resilient Communities with State Revolving Funds

July 24, 2014 by NRDC Switchboard

Climate Resiliency and State Funding

Water and wastewater infrastructure systems play a vital role in our daily lives. Without these critical systems, life as we know it would not be possible. Yet much of this infrastructure is outdated, under-maintained, and in desperate need of repair.[read more]

How Best to Plan Future Energy and Water Infrastructure Projects

July 4, 2014 by Roman Kilisek

Future Energy Planning

A new World Economic Forum report on the Water-Energy Nexus explores the link between water quantity and electricity production and specifically looks into strategic considerations for energy policy-makers on how best to plan energy and water infrastructures for the future.[read more]

Recommended Beach Reading on the Water and Energy Nexus

July 1, 2014 by Christine Hertzog

It’s almost the fourth of July, and that means a holiday with time to read. Two interesting reports were released in June, and while not the typical frothy-light paperback novel genre, they are good reading for the beach. Spoiler alert: both reports conclude that your beach won’t be there in a couple of decades.[read more]

Making the Most of California's Rain: Report Shows How Capturing Stormwater Can Make Water Supplies Reliable

June 15, 2014 by NRDC Switchboard
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California Rain Supplies

In May, measurements of the Sierra Nevada snowpack, which normally provides about one-third of the water used by the state’s farms and cities (as well as by natural ecosystems) as it slowly melts through the spring and summer, were at only 18 percent of average for that time of year.[read more]

The Netherlands Set to Showcase Energy and Water Expertise at New York Energy Week

June 4, 2014 by Jared Anderson

Netherlands Water and Energy Expertise

The Netherlands is a world leader with regard to engineering water-management solutions on an industrial scale. The country was created in the delta of three large rivers that flow into the North Sea and roughly two thirds of the nation’s GDP are earned below sea level.[read more]

National Climate Assessment Predicts a Challenging Future for Water Resources

May 15, 2014 by NRDC Switchboard

Climate Assessment and Water Risks

It’s time to take serious action to prepare for the impacts of climate change, so warns the newest National Climate Assessment report. Some of the biggest impacts will be felt along our rivers, lakes and ocean coastlines as weather shifts towards extremes, and as sea levels continue to rise.[read more]

Opinion: Regulations Must Keep Pace with Water-Related Fracking Risks

March 27, 2014 by Roman Kilisek
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Fracking and Water Risk

To mark this year’s World Water Day, UNESCO and UN Water released the 2014 World Water Development report highlighting the key role that water and energy play in economic development. According to the report, some 768 million people do not have access to an improved source of water.[read more]

Water-Energy Nexus Critical to Future Water Policy

March 25, 2014 by Roman Kilisek
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Water-Energy Nexus

On March 22 in Tokyo, UN-Water will release its World Water Development Report in conjunction with its annual World Water Day 2014 celebrations. This annual event is meant to raise awareness for water – indispensable for human life on earth. This year’s theme is “Water & Energy”.[read more]

How Can You Reduce Your Water Footprint?

March 16, 2014 by NRDC Switchboard
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Saving Water Choices

How much water do you use every day? The answer might surprise you. A paper released online last week in the journal Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences concluded that Americans significantly underestimate their water use.[read more]

Drought Rates Missing from Most Local Drought Plans in California

February 25, 2014 by NRDC Switchboard

Drought Rates and Local Plans

Today, they are short of water. Tomorrow, they will be short of money. As water supplies dwindle in the face of what could actually be the driest year in California’s history, most of the state’s urban water utilities face 2014 financially flatfooted.[read more]

California Water Policy: Driest Year in State History Leads to Debate

January 5, 2014 by Michael Higham
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The year 2013 marked the driest year recorded in California history. December is typically a wet month in the state, but the Summer-like Winter in 2013 was both a blessing and a curse. A serious debate on the state’s water future is imperative.[read more]

WANTED: A Climate Bounty

November 15, 2013 by Jim Baird

Climate Solutions and Rewards

Were we able to harness the force of hurricanes, we could not only service the energy needs of billions we could prevent death and destruction on a massive scale. And the crazy thing is we actually have the capability to do just that.[read more]

Alaskan Wave Energy Project Receives Project Management Support

November 14, 2013 by Joshua Hill

Alaska and Wave Energy

Located on the Gulf of Alaska, the 750 kW Yakutat Wave Energy Project is set to make life easier for locales who have so far had to rely on diesel prices as high as $8 per gallon, thanks to the 1,000 mile journey the fuel has to make by road to get there.[read more]

Research: Fracking Uses and Loses More Water than Previously Believed

November 2, 2013 by NRDC Switchboard
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Fracking and Water Loss

Hydraulic fracturing’s water footprint is higher than previously thought, according to a new report that combined data from many sources to provide one of the most comprehensive looks at how water is actually used by the oil and gas industry.[read more]