Water and energy

In addition, water is a renewable source of energy: the production of energy in hydroelectric plants does not involve real water consumption, but reduces the availability of water in other sectors (such as farming or civil sectors).
Water is also used in thermoelectric plants, where it is not directly used to produce energy, but only to cool machinery. Water from industrial uses can also be polluted, even if now many industrialised countries have issued strict laws that limit the concentration of pollutants in waste water, obliging the companies to send it first to special depurators that remarkably reduce its pollutants and send it back to lakes, rivers and seas when they are compatible with.

Special reports

  • 15 April 2014

    How rich are we …. in blue gold?

    Water footprint, water availability and use on a planetary scale...

    26 February 2014

    How much water is on your plate?

    Water footprint and water consumption...

    13 May 2018

    Small steps, great footprints

    Have you ever wondered how much space is taken up by an apple or a steak?...

  • 7 October 2021

    Water grabbing

    “Clear, sweet fresh water,” wrote Petrarch, by many considered a precursor of Italian literature. Before him, St. Francis dedicated two…

    17 May 2021

    Lost ice

    According to a study conducted by a French and Swiss research team recently published in the leading journal Nature, continental…

    15 April 2021

    Oceans of plastic

    The invisible invasion of microplastics...

  • 26 December 2019

    Life in Antarctica

    How is it possible to live and work in Antarctica...

    10 December 2019

    In the fridge of the world

    Antarctica is a continent with a very particular charm...

    9 October 2018

    The forms of water

    Drinking a glass of water is the most simplest act in the world. Or rather, in this world. Very special…

  • 15 April 2014

    How rich are we …. in blue gold?

    Water footprint, water availability and use on a planetary scale...

    26 February 2014

    How much water is on your plate?

    Water footprint and water consumption...

  • 13 May 2018

    Small steps, great footprints

    Have you ever wondered how much space is taken up by an apple or a steak?...

    7 October 2021

    Water grabbing

    “Clear, sweet fresh water,” wrote Petrarch, by many considered a precursor of Italian literature. Before him, St. Francis dedicated two…

  • 17 May 2021

    Lost ice

    According to a study conducted by a French and Swiss research team recently published in the leading journal Nature, continental…

    15 April 2021

    Oceans of plastic

    The invisible invasion of microplastics...

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