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Water and Energy Production

Posted on 04 March 2014

Water and Energy Production

One of humankind’s most pressing problems has always been finding a source of energy. After all, we need to have something that provides heat in the winter and cool air in the summer, helps us to do our work such as cooking our food and cleaning our property, and many other things besides. For the large part of human history, man’s main source of energy was his own body, supplemented by the aid of animals. In the past three hundred years, he has uncovered more efficient sources, ranging from steam to gasoline and most recently to solar and nuclear power.

Independent energy providers like GeoResources or Cunningham Energy work to develop energy solutions to make production more efficient. Still, today, we are in the midst of an energy crisis, and many scientists have linked this crisis to a worldwide shortage of water. Just last year, thermal plants in the United States were forced to reduce their energy production, and those in India had to be shut down altogether, on account of this shortage. Hydroelectric power in Brazil, China, Sri Lanka and many other countries was also threatened.

As human development continues, so too does the water shortage threaten to become ever more intense. According to the latest data compiled by the International Energy Agency, energy consumption levels around the world could be 35 percent larger than they are today, increasing the consumption of water by 85 percent. The growing population will likewise cause the demand for water to go up. To meet this demand, farmers will need to increase their output by 58 percent, and water withdrawals, which are already quite strained, will have to go up by 15 percent. This burden will be especially great on the developing nations. There is, too, the complicating factor of climate change, which is expected to result in an increase in water variability and intensify weather events.

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