25 Feb 2009

Clearing the Backlog, Part VII

  • "On April 20th Pepsi will start selling versions of Pepsi and Mountain Dew that use real sugar, rather than nasty high fructose corn syrup. The drinks will only be available until June." If we didn't have farm subsidies, we'd already be drinking sugared Pepsi...

  • Speaking of which... "Coca-Cola, PepsiCo, and NestlĂ© are trying to reverse the decline [in bottled water sales]. They're introducing new flavors, promoting lower-cost brands, and trying to go greener in an effort to stem the growing appeal of tap water." The article also has info on filter and reusable bottle companies -- a lot of $$ at stake...

  • JD says "Here is an interesting opinion [PDF] from the east where water is abundant. Relates to a favorite topic of yours -- the price, cost and value of water. Note that the charging structure relates to the infrastructure to deliver water (potable)/process water (sewage), not on the value of the water itself. This is, in my opinion, indicative of the assumption that water itself is free when it is not perceived as scarce. After all, the name Michigan comes from the Ojibwa words Michi Gamme (big water), as we are surrounded by the Great Lakes."

  • A different kind of water torture:

  • "Countries bordering the Mediterranean are facing the prospect of water crises in coming years. Fuelling these crises are the 200 million sun-hungry travellers who visit the southern European region each year. Their number is expected to triple to 600 million by 2025... most resort tourists use almost four times the daily water consumption of an average Spanish city dweller... Many of the area's hotels claim they have adopted water-saving policies, but in practice these often amount to little more than asking guests to limit the number of towels they use... While climate change and shifting rainfall patterns are being blamed for part of the shortages, intensive agriculture, urban expansion and water-intensive tourist resorts and golf courses are considered the main drivers of the problem."

  • "Jordan Valley Farmers are experiencing a severe lack of rainfall and urgent steps are needed to expand the area covered by greenery and promote the efficient use of water, environmentalists say... Rainfall to date constituted 32 percent of the average annual rainfall in northern areas and 22 percent in central areas."

  • "most parts of Israel have received only 60 to 80 percent of their normal rainfall... the water authority plans to expand drilling in areas such as the Golan Heights, the Hula Valley and the eastern Galilee. In 2008 water allocation for farming was already at its lowest point since the establishment of the state, at 450 million cubic meters." Instead of increasing supply, the Israeli water authority should raise the price of water.
hattip to JWT


  1. Water is such an important factor in everybody's life.


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