Reports in topic: Water

Revealed: Coal Mines polluting South Kalimantan’s water

Greenpeace has uncovered evidence that the intensive coal mining activities in Indonesia’s South Kalimantan province are discharging toxic pollution into rivers, and in some instances, violating national standards for wastewater discharges from mines. Local environmental authorities have failed to stop or prevent the violations. Due to the large amount of coal mining, almost half of the province’s rivers are at risk of being affected by water pollution from the mines.

A Clash of Competing Necessities: water adequacy and electric reliability in China, India, France and Texas

This report assesses options to avoid or reduce the growing conflict between power generation and water use. It documents the water and cost benefits of reducing water demand through end-use efficiency, the lower water demand of gas over coal and the zero or negligible water use and other pollution from renewables.

Draining the Lifeblood: Groundwater impacts of coal mining in the Galilee Basin

The series of coal mines proposed for the Galilee Basin in Queensland Australia will have an enormous impact on the region's groundwater resources. This report from Lock the Gate analyses documents prepared by five coal mine proponents, projects additional impacts of a further four proposed mines and finds that, together, the coal mines proposed for the Galilee Basin have the potential to cause permanent and unacceptable impacts on regional groundwater and surface water resources.

Water Smart Power: Strengthening the U.S electricity system in a warming world

This report from the Union of Concerned Scientists shows that the US coal-based electricity system clearly cannot meet future growing demand for electricity, worsening strains on water resources and an urgent need to mitigate against climate change. This report is the second from the Energy and Water in a Warming World Initiative and shows that electricity choices will have major consequences over the coming decades, particularly in water stressed regions. The report finds that business as usual in the power sector would not only fail to reduce carbon emissions, but would not tap opportunities to safeguard water.

Water Constraints on Energy Production: altering our current collision course

This study by Synapses Energy Economics Civil Society Institute has identified several information gaps that need to be filled in order to support energy planning, regulations, and policymaking that fully account for water constraints and impacts on energy production. This report finds that the U.S. is spending a water budget without understanding how much water is available or what the use of water in energy production will mean for local communities, agriculture, or other commercial uses.