Germany's Effort at Clean Energy Proves Complex

The early stages of switching an entire nation's energy system from nuclear and fossil fuels to renewables are incredibly complex, as Germany is finding out. With a goal of switching to almost entirely solar and wind power by 2050, the nation's energy changes are for now leading to high prices, unexpected road bumps and some nervous stomachs. [New York Times]

Floating Seawer Skyscraper Rids The World's Oceans Of Plastic While Generating Clean Energ

South Korean designer Sung Jin Cho submitted the Seawer Skyscraper project as his proposal for this year's eVolo Skyscraper Competition. Seawer is a self-supported hydroelectric power station that can generate electricity using seawater at the same time that it cleans up plastic waste. The huge structure separates plastic particles and fluids, recycles seawater and releases it back into the ocean. The structure receives energy from the sun, ocean and plastics and moves slowly from one polluted area to the next. It sounds like such a good idea. Wonder how it would actually function. [The Mind Unleashed]

Energy-Water Nexus Around the World and the Missing Link

The energy-water nexus (water to cool power plants and produce fuel, power to clean and move water) has been getting a lot of attention recently, but it's essential that we include food in the equation if the world is to manage growing populations and the demands on all three resources. [EDF Energy Exchange]

Going Under the Sea for Clean Energy

As wind and solar power continue to go mainstream, the new energy cutting edge may be underwater. Tidal power could eventually meet 4 percent of the world's electricity needs, with one engineer claiming that "the ocean is the largest untapped source of renewable energy this planet has." However there could be negative impacts to marine life associated with large underwater installations. [New York Times]

5 Solutions to the World's Energy, Food and Water Troubles

How to address the world's food, water and energy troubles together? Coordinate how the three are managed, show individuals that their choices matter, support water-independent solar and wind power, better value and protect ecosystems and price water and energy more fairly. [GreenBiz]

Energy in 2013: Changes and Constants

Last year saw significant changes in how and where energy resources are gathered, but there are two constants: the slow pace of energy transitions and the continued high inequality of energy use. Our transition to renewables is occurring slowly just as past transitions have done, and big energy growth in developing nations like China and Brazil is not being matched in much of Africa. [Global Energy Initiative]

2013's Top Blog Stories in Food, Water and Energy

Happy New Year! Here, in lieu of our usual Eco News roundup, a roundup of our top blog posts from the past year. Our ongoing coverage of the latest food, water and energy issues, from GMOs to food waste to fracking, kept us busy last year - expect even more in 2014!

Will Shuanghui Keep the World's Largest Pork Producer Environmentally Clean?

Smithfield Foods claims an environmental benefit to its September sale to Chinese meat processing-giant Shuanghui: that it will inspire more humane, less impactful industrial farming in China. The Waterkeeper Alliance's CAFO campaign in North Carolina remains dubious, concerned that as pork exports ramp up, they'll be stuck with polluted water and air - contrary to Smithfield's PR. [The Guardian]

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