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Engineers of the New Millennium: The Water Energy Crunch A Powerful Puzzle

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The Water-Energy Crunch is a clash of essential needs. Humans are thirsty creatures who need water to drink and bathe, but also to produce most forms of energy. No water, no energy, and nothing goes on. Literally. How we resolve the competition between water and energy needs is a defining issue of this century. "The Water-Energy Crunch," a co-production of IEEE Spectrum Magazine and the National Science Foundation. Read the full description.

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The Water-Energy Crunch is a clash of essential needs. Humans are thirsty creatures who need water to drink and bathe, but also to produce most forms of energy. No water, no energy, and nothing goes on. Literally. How we resolve the competition between water and energy needs is a defining issue of this century. "The Water-Energy Crunch,"  a co-production of IEEE Spectrum Magazine and the National Science Foundation.

 

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Engineers of the New Millennium

THE WATER-ENERGY CRUNCH: A Powerful Puzzle

Segment A:

Intro and Overview: 2:00 to 2:30

Desalination:
Length: [5:40+ great music at end] Lead: 0:50 + 4:50 story and lead quote length + ending Music
Desalination provides fresh water for millions of people a day, but current methods are hugely energy intensive. However, a team at Yale has developed a creative new low-energy method of desalination that could produce fresh water at half the price of existing methods, and use just one-tenth as much electricity. [Lisa Raffensperger]

Biofuels:
Length: [5:20 + amb] Lead: 0:45 + :06 opening Sxf. + 4:30 story length
Much of the current federal requirement for more biofuel production will be met by dedicated energy crops like switchgrass. By 2022, an area equivalent to the state of Missouri will be planted with the stuff, from almost nothing n...
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Intro and Outro

INTRO:

Anchor: 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.

OUTRO:

Anchor: 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.

For transcripts of this program, and expanded stories, check out the IEEE Spectrum website: spectrum.ieee.org. You'll find many other engineering features at this website for the National Science Foundation: nsf.gov.
Our thanks to Jeffrey Nesbit, and:

[TAPE: in their own voices] Cliff Braverman, Joanne Culbertson, Cecile Gonzalez, Jean Kumagai, Sam Moore, Nancy Hantman, Ramona Gordon, and Paul Ruest.

Our technical producer is Dennis Foley [FOE-lee]. Our executive producer is Sharon Basco. I’m Susan Hassler.

Additional Files

Additional Credits

Host: Susan Hassler
Producer: Sharon Basco
Technical Director: Dennis Foley
Reporters: Sally Adee, Harry Goldstein, Laurie Howell, Jean Kumagai, Lisa Raffensperger, Philip Ross and Glenn Zorpette

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http://spectrum.ieee.org/