Engineers of the New Millennium- The Water Energy Crunch

This is Engineers of the New Millennium: The Water-Energy Crunch: A Powerful Puzzle, a co-production of IEEE Spectrum Magazine and the Directorate for Engineering of the National Science Foundation. The Directorate supports people whose discoveries and inventions make our lives more productive, sustainable, and enjoyable.

The Water-Energy Crunch is a clash of essential needs. We humans are thirsty creatures, and we’re not talking about just drinking, bathing or growing crops. Without water, we’d have practically no energy. And without energy – for transportation, electronics, heating, cooling, and lighting —life as we know it can’t go on. Literally. How we resolve, or fail to resolve the competition between water and energy needs will be one of the defining issues of this century.
Today we explore some innovative solutions to quench our thirst for water and energy.

You’ve been listening to The Water-Energy Crunch: A Powerful Puzzle, a co-production of IEEE Spectrum Magazine and the Directorate for Engineering of the National Science Foundation.

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