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Humanity May Face Choice by 2040: Conventional Energy or Drinking Water
Business Cheat Sheet ^ | August 3, 2014 | Andy Tully

Posted on 08/07/2014 7:01:52 AM PDT by Diana in Wisconsin

A set of studies based on three years of research concludes that by 2040, the need for drinking water and water for use in energy production will create dire shortages.

Conventional electricity generation is the largest source of water use in most countries. Water is used to cool power plants to keep them functional. Most power utilities don’t even record the amount of water they use.

“It’s a huge problem that the electricity sector do not even realize how much water they actually consume,” says Professor Benjamin Sovacool of Denmark’s Aarhus University, one of the institutions involved in the research. “And together with the fact that we do not have unlimited water resources, it could lead to a serious crisis if nobody acts on it soon.”

The research, which included projections of the availability of water and the growth of the world’s population, found that by 2020, between 30 percent and 40 percent of the planet will no longer have direct access to clean drinking water. The problem could be made even worse if climate change accelerates, creating more heat and causing more water evaporation.

That means humankind must decide how water is used, Sovacool says. “Do we want to spend it on keeping the power plants going or as drinking water? We don’t have enough water to do both,” he says.

The researchers, also from the Vermont Law School and CNA Corporation in the US, a non-profit research institute in Arlington, Va., focused their studies on specific utilities and other energy suppliers in four countries: China, France, India and the United States.

First, they identified each country’s energy needs, then factored in projections of water availability in each country and its population level as far as 2040. In all four cases, they discovered, there will not be enough water by then both to drink and to use at electricity-generating plants.

So how to prevent this conflict? The studies agreed on starting with the simplest solution: Alternative sources of electricity that don’t require massive amounts of water. The recommendations are improving energy efficiency, conducting more research on alternative cooling mechanisms, logging water use at power plants, making massive investments in solar and wind energy, and abandoning fossil fuel facilities in all areas susceptible to water shortages.

This last proposal may be the most difficult to implement because parched areas now include half of Earth. But Sovacool says it would be worth the investment. “If we keep doing business as usual, we are facing an insurmountable water shortage – even if water was free, because it’s not a matter of the price,” he says. “There will be no water by 2040 if we keep doing what we’re doing today. There’s no time to waste. We need to act now.”


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Oh, Boy. Here we go...
1 posted on 08/07/2014 7:01:52 AM PDT by Diana in Wisconsin
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To: Diana in Wisconsin

Humanity - other than the United States.


2 posted on 08/07/2014 7:03:29 AM PDT by glorgau
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To: Diana in Wisconsin
There must be good money in the crisis-manufacturing business.
3 posted on 08/07/2014 7:04:14 AM PDT by E. Pluribus Unum ("The man who damns money obtained it dishonorably; the man who respects it earned it." --Ayn Rand)
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To: Diana in Wisconsin

socialists
communists
National Democrats

are all about “we need to ration ‘X’”

By 1990 we were going to be in an ice age
By 2000 we were going to run out of oil
By 2000 we were going to have overpopulation
By 2000 we were going to run out of food
By 2000 unless we surrendered to the USSR, WW III was going to kill us all
By 2000 unless we rationed healthcare with duty to die, illness would depopulate the world.

These are all just a reason to ration and the left to control rationing.


4 posted on 08/07/2014 7:09:40 AM PDT by longtermmemmory (VOTE! http://www.senate.gov and http://www.house.gov)
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To: Diana in Wisconsin

“making massive investments in solar and wind energy, and abandoning fossil fuel”

Same song, same nonsense. Water of course is ‘destroyed’ by many processes only to never be found again!(sarc)


5 posted on 08/07/2014 7:10:44 AM PDT by I cannot think of a name
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6 posted on 08/07/2014 7:11:02 AM PDT by DJ MacWoW (The Fed Gov is not one ring to rule them all)
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To: longtermmemmory
By 2000 unless we rationed healthcare with duty to die, illness would depopulate the world.

By date uncertain, UN Agenda 21 calls for reduction of the Earth's population by 85%. I suggest that all the liberals/progressives/socialists/communists/Marxists kill themselves NOW, to get a head start! Or should we help them along?

7 posted on 08/07/2014 7:16:35 AM PDT by JimRed (Excise the cancer before it kills us; feed & water the Tree of Liberty! TERM LIMITS NOW & FOREVER!)
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To: Diana in Wisconsin

What do these idiots think happens to all that water? Does it just vanish? Does it get “used up?” Shanghaied by aliens?

I’m always reminded of the poem by Percy Shelley:

I pass through the pores of oceans and shores;
I change but I cannot die.

He was basically talking about water.


8 posted on 08/07/2014 7:16:44 AM PDT by IronJack
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To: Diana in Wisconsin
Are they telling me the sky is falling again??

They do know it rains, don't they??...and that most water gets recycled one way or another.

9 posted on 08/07/2014 7:20:19 AM PDT by Sacajaweau
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To: Diana in Wisconsin

Pure BS.

Power plants use water for cooling....and then they return the water, generally as clean (or cleaner) as the water from the source...just a little warmer.

And global warming causing more evaporation? That means more rain.

I thought this article (from the title) was going to be about the need for desalination plants. Sigh.


10 posted on 08/07/2014 7:20:36 AM PDT by kidd
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To: Diana in Wisconsin

Humanity May Face Choice by 2014: Following the continually idiotic and Marxist policies of the Demonic Party or Sanity


11 posted on 08/07/2014 7:25:42 AM PDT by Common Sense 101 (Hey libs... If Convening a dyour theories fly in the face of reality, it's not reality that's wrong.)
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To: Diana in Wisconsin

The operative word: “May.”

... or may not. Probably not.


12 posted on 08/07/2014 7:26:35 AM PDT by Theo (May Christ be exalted above all.)
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To: Diana in Wisconsin

Geez....global warming isn’ t working.....uhm....oh yeah...we are going to run out of drinking water...that’ s the ticket!

Lefty Loonies....never cease to disappoint me..


13 posted on 08/07/2014 7:27:50 AM PDT by BCW (Amazon Books: "Babylon's Covert War" - the Iraq conflict explained in detail - by JH White)
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To: Sacajaweau
Are they telling me the sky is falling again?

Yeah, and to keep the sky from falling, we should build lots of windmills and solar panels.

14 posted on 08/07/2014 7:36:41 AM PDT by grania
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To: BCW

“Geez....global warming isn’ t working.....uhm....oh yeah...we are going to run out of drinking water...that’ s the ticket!”

My first thought, as well. Yeesh!


15 posted on 08/07/2014 7:36:47 AM PDT by Diana in Wisconsin (I don't have 'Hobbies.' I'm developing a robust Post-Apocalyptic skill set...)
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To: longtermmemmory

Reduce the population and make it dependent on the elite...

That’s the overall permeating constant.


16 posted on 08/07/2014 7:38:53 AM PDT by MrB (The difference between a Humanist and a Satanist - the latter admits whom he's working for)
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To: Diana in Wisconsin

LOL. What a joke. Cue the science fiction / Armageddon movie about how evil rich Capitalists of the future will cause the poor to die from thirst so they can have flood lights at their all night parties. If the use of water in energy production is no longer cheap because there are competing needs for it, the market will find a solution. It always does.


17 posted on 08/07/2014 7:41:41 AM PDT by Opinionated Blowhard ("When the people find they can vote themselves money, that will herald the end of the republic.")
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To: Diana in Wisconsin
Humanity May Face Choice by 2040: Conventional Energy or Drinking Water

... or may not.
I'm betting on the latter because I'm thinking commies are going to be crushed.

18 posted on 08/07/2014 7:53:19 AM PDT by Amagi (Lenin: "Socialized Medicine is the Keystone to the Arch of the Socialist State.")
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To: longtermmemmory

You forgot that in 2000 all of our computers were going to crash because of y2k


19 posted on 08/07/2014 7:56:09 AM PDT by kjam22 (my music video "If My People" at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=74b20RjILy4)
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To: E. Pluribus Unum

Always. The money goes to those who cry the loudest and scariest.


20 posted on 08/07/2014 8:00:35 AM PDT by Blood of Tyrants (The cure has become worse than the disease. Support an end to the WOD now.)
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To: I cannot think of a name
Same song, same nonsense. Water of course is ‘destroyed’ by many processes only to never be found again!(sarc)

That's what struck me as particularly egregious in this latest crisis. Where's the explanation as to how the water used in energy production is wasted? Just because an industry consumes a resource, that doesn't mean said resource is destroyed in the process. After all, if anything could ever be thought of as renewable it's water.

It's consumed then released back into the environment but even if contaminated evaporation separates it from the dissolved contaminants. That's basic science.

This latest alarm is all based, albeit subtly, on the presupposition that man-made global climate change is real. That's what this is really about: we have to change our ways or else the entire planet is going to become as dry as a desert, as the heat rises and evaporates all the water away.

If they want to promote this man-made climate change clap-trap at least have the honesty to admit it out in the open. Then again, these are leftists here, I doubt honesty is in their vocabulary.

21 posted on 08/07/2014 8:10:40 AM PDT by FourtySeven (47)
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To: FourtySeven

Desalinization.


22 posted on 08/07/2014 8:12:09 AM PDT by A CA Guy ( God Bless America, God Bless and keep safe our fighting men and women.)
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To: Diana in Wisconsin

Last I checked both east and west of us is a big puddle of water. Not a single nuclear powered desal plant anywhere. Better to let billiones die and save the delta smelt and snowy plover.


23 posted on 08/07/2014 8:13:07 AM PDT by Organic Panic
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To: Diana in Wisconsin

Professor Sovacool of Airhead er Aarhus University of course has all the answers. He’s the smartest guy in the world. Let’s do what the brilliant prof. says. (snicker)


24 posted on 08/07/2014 8:18:27 AM PDT by driftless2 (For long term happiness, learn how to play the accordion.)
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To: A CA Guy

That’s what’s never discussed in these chicken little “all the water is evaporating” doomsday scenarios. Right now, NOW, desalination is economically not feasible. But if naturally fresh water becomes scarce enough (and that’s a big if in of itself) we do have such technology and it will then be economically feasible.

The oceans are pretty huge. I don’t think we’ll ever use THAT much water in thousands of years!


25 posted on 08/07/2014 8:23:46 AM PDT by FourtySeven (47)
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To: Diana in Wisconsin

Wonder how much tax payer money these shysters get for coming up with this crap?

I believe the water used for cooling the power plants goes up in vapor and comes back down in the form of rain just like natural heat caused vapor.

Much more water is used for irrigating farms, do we need to quit eating also?


26 posted on 08/07/2014 8:37:12 AM PDT by ravenwolf (s)
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To: Diana in Wisconsin

Oh, BS!! Once a utility converts water to steam and runs it through a turbine, it exhausts the spent steam into the atmosphere, thereby returning it for reuse. The only way to “destroy” water is to convert it to energy in a thermonuclear reaction. Otherwise, it just keeps recycling. That’s what evaporation and condensation are all about.


27 posted on 08/07/2014 8:59:39 AM PDT by libstripper
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To: Diana in Wisconsin
"Writing in the Times of London in 1894, one writer estimated that in 50 years every street in London would be buried under nine feet of manure."

That's why London doesn't exist anymore. Oh, ... wait, ... that didn't happen did it?

28 posted on 08/07/2014 9:36:56 AM PDT by William Tell
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To: Diana in Wisconsin

There was a thread a couple of weeks ago about this issue. This post had some very interesting information:

http://freerepublic.com/focus/chat/3181628/posts?page=104#104


29 posted on 08/07/2014 10:36:59 AM PDT by Disambiguator (#cornedbeef)
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To: Diana in Wisconsin
Most power utilities don’t even record the amount of water they use.

Like when you drink 3 cups of coffee the liquid is only borrowed.

30 posted on 08/07/2014 7:53:14 PM PDT by Mike Darancette (Do The Math)
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