Archive for October, 2010

The Watergy Nexus: Making The Connection Between Energy and Water

Courtesy of Western Water Magazine, an overview of the watergy nexus.  As the article notes: “…The connection between water and energy is more relevant than ever. After existing in separate realms for years, the maxim that it takes water to produce energy and energy to produce water has prompted a re-thinking of management strategies, including […]

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The Crucial Connection Between Water and Energy

Via Columbia University’s Earth Institute, a look at the crucial connection between water and energy, what I call the watergy nexus: “A number of prominent water scientists and activists—prominently including the Pacific Institute’s Peter Gleick and Columbia Water Center’s own Upmanu Lall— have for some time called attention the crucial link between the global water […]

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Watergy …In Pictures

Courtesy of Circle of Blue, an excellent set of infographics showing the connection between water and energy.  I recommend you see them all here, but here are a few:

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China’s Looming Water-Energy Collision

Via Circle of Blue, another detailed look at China’s impending watergy challenge, namely whether there is enough water for China to continue its stunning modernization.  As the article notes, People outside China talk about emissions, inside China, water is the highest priority: “…The speed and scope of the development here, and in dozens of other […]

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About This Blog And Its Author
As the scarcity of water and energy continues to grow, the linkage between these two critical resources will become more defined and even more acute in the months ahead.  This blog is committed to analyzing and referencing articles, reports, and interviews that can help unlock the nascent, complex and expanding linkages between water and energy -- The Watergy Nexus -- and will endeavor to provide a central clearinghouse for insightful articles and comments for all to consider.

Educated at Yale University (Bachelor of Arts - History) and Harvard (Master in Public Policy - International Development), Monty Simus has held a lifelong interest in environmental and conservation issues, primarily as they relate to freshwater scarcity, renewable energy, and national park policy.  Working from a water-scarce base in Las Vegas with his wife and son, he is the founder of Water Politics, an organization dedicated to the identification and analysis of geopolitical water issues arising from the world’s growing and vast water deficits, and is also a co-founder of SmartMarkets, an eco-preneurial venture that applies web 2.0 technology and online social networking innovations to motivate energy & water conservation.  He previously worked for an independent power producer in Central Asia; co-authored an article appearing in the Summer 2010 issue of the Tulane Environmental Law Journal, titled: “The Water Ethic: The Inexorable Birth Of A Certain Alienable Right”; and authored an article appearing in the inaugural issue of Johns Hopkins University's Global Water Magazine in July 2010 titled: “H2Own: The Water Ethic and an Equitable Market for the Exchange of Individual Water Efficiency Credits.”