2 Mar 2009

Clearing the Backlog, Part X

  • An update on the challenges facing Bangladesh, perhaps the country most vulnerable to climate change.

  • "The World Bank has urged China to adopt a technology that measures water use more accurately, encouraging farmers to prevent water wastage through evaporation." If they only have to pay for what they use, they will use less.

  • "Some of the most severe cases of land degradation in semi-desert areas could be reversed with the right policies, researchers in Ethiopia have concluded... while the recovery began as a top-down approach initiated by the government, local communities came to recognise the value of such conservation work because they could see for themselves its benefits — such as reduced flooding,"

  • "There are plenty of charitable foundations and public agencies devoted to helping the world's poor... But private companies with that as their sole focus are rare. Even the best-known is not remotely a household name: Vestergaard-Frandsen... Its products are in use in refugee camps and disaster areas all over the third world: PermaNet, a mosquito net impregnated with insecticide; ZeroFly, a tent tarp that kills flies; and the LifeStraw, a filter worn around the neck that makes filthy water safe to drink"

  • Search AAAS abstracts for water presentations at the recent meeting. No papers though!

  • The rise of farmed shrimp and fall of the environment and US shrimpers.

  • The tragedy of the commons -- in space!

  • Tiny houses: "Most of the house is to be made of salvaged materials. It will have a full kitchen and bathroom, a loft big enough to sleep in, and a roomy living area with a vaulted ceiling. At 350 square feet (33 square metres), this is a fairly capacious model."

  • Financial transparency: "politics impedes the ideal of transparency for at least two reasons. First, the benefits of transparency are widely dispersed among information users, whereas the costs are borne by few information disclosers; the disclosers therefore dominate the political process. Second, disclosure requirements are often drawn up after crises. They therefore tend to be hurried and haphazard, and support for them fades with memory of the hard times."
hattips to DS

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