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July 19, 2016--Colorado River: Berkeley Lab to lead the watershed function scientific focus area (Coyote Gulch)

Berkeley Lab will lead the Watershed Function Scientific Focus Area (SFA) to quantify how perturbations to mountainous watershed—floods, drought, fire and early snowmelt—impact the downstream delivery of water, nutrients, carbon, and metals.


Water-Energy Nexus

The interdependencies between water and energy, the water-energy nexus, is becoming more prominent. Water is used in all phases of energy production and energy is required to extract, convey, and deliver water. Yet, several trends are adding stress to the water-energy nexus, namely climate change and population growth. According to the U.S. Department of Energy’s (DOE) Water-Energy Nexus: Challenges and Opportunities report, power generation and agriculture-related are the largest users of water in the U.S. However, water withdrawals have been steadily decreasing due to a number of factors, predominantly reduced supplies, while growth in the two fore-mentioned sectors have been steadily increasing.


March 9, 2015--Global warming 'set to speed up to rates not seen for 1,000 years' (Guardian)

People need to brace themselves for accelerating climate change that could alter the way we live even over short time scales, scientists have warned. New evidence suggests the rate at which temperatures are rising in the northern hemisphere could be 0.25C per decade by 2020 - a level not seen for at least 1,000 years. The analysis, based on a combination of data from more than two doz


July 3, 2014--Obama administration announces massive climate change funding (Huff Post)

President Obama's new climate change push was reaffirmed on Thursday when the Department of Energy announced that it will make $4 billion in loans available to clean energy projects. In a statement, Energy Secretary Ernest Moniz said:


June 26, 2014--To solve the water problem, we need to solve energy (Popular Science)

Within policy circles, people often bandy about the term “water-energy nexus.” Like most wonk-speak, it’s a rather complex way to express a simple relationship. Energy production requires a tremendous amount of water, almost on par with irrigated agriculture. And water production needs a lot of energy, for pumping, treating, and transportation.


May 30, 2014--Doubling hydropower doesn't mean new dams (Denver Business Journal)

A new report from the U.S. Department of Energy about the nation’s ability to double the amount of hydroelectric power it can produce doesn’t mean the Obama Administration wants to embark on a dam-building program, DOE Secretary Ernest Moniz said Friday. Moniz was at the Colorado School of Mines in Golden on Friday to attend the Colorado Energy Form organized by U.S. Sen.


April 29, 2014--Colorado could play big role in new hydropower push, feds say (Denver Business Journal)

Colorado and other western states are being positioned as ground zero in what appears to be a potential massive new push by the federal government to develop new hydroelectric power capacity in the U.S. That’s the underlying assumption in a new study unveiled by the U.S. Department of Energy Tuesday in Washington before a conference of hydroelectric-power interests.


July 20, 2013--DOE fracking study: Chemicals didn't taint the water (Longmont Times)

A landmark federal study on hydraulic fracturing, or fracking, shows no evidence that chemicals from the natural gas drilling process moved up to contaminate drinking water aquifers at a western Pennsylvania drilling site, the Department of Energy told The Associated Press.


July 12, 2013--Climate change report: Weather, rising seas imperil power plants (Los Angeles Times)

Power plants across the country are at increased risk of temporary shutdown and reduced power generation as temperatures and sea levels continue to rise and water becomes less available, the Energy Department said Thursday.


December 9, 2009--Rico hosts forum Saturday regarding geothermal potential (Telluride Watch)

Colorado School of Mines Professor Professor Masami Nakagawa comes to Rico Saturday, Dec. 12, for a “Geothermal Academy Kickoff in Rico,” Rico Mayor Barbara Betts reported this week. The event, essentially a forum for announcing the creation of a Geothermal Academy in Rico, and a discussion of the Rico area’s overall geothermal potential – begins at 9 a.m.


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