April 24, 2017
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Looming challenges
Energy and water crisis in coming years Water is going to be a high precious product for next century which can match with the rank of what today hydrocarbon products mean to most people across the world. It is going to be a scarce and rare commodity as it rules life. Water is an integral part of energy development, production, and generation. Water is used directly in hydroelectric power generation and is used extensively for thermoelectric power plant cooling and air emissions control. Water is also used extensively in energy-resource extraction, refining, and processing, as well as for energy resource transportation. The World Economic Forum (WEF) published a report in early 2009 highlighting that water use by the energy sector in developed countries averages about 40 per cent of total water use. Therefore, as global energy consumption continues to increase, as much as 50 per cent by 2030, this growth will place the energy sector into greater competition with other major water users and exacerbate concerns about how to balance water use for domestic supplies, food production, and energy production with public health and economic development. Energy development Unfortunately, this large growth in energy development and the expected increasing water use are occurring at a time when freshwater availability is already being stressed in many regions of the world, including many regions of the United States. This is due to changing precipitation
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