20 Jul 2009

Speed Blogging

  • Bad neighbors: Trash from Tijuana, Mexico flows downstream and north, desecrating the environment near San Diego, CA. The solution? Gringo money for pollution controls. The likelihood of this solution? Slightly greater than zero.

  • "Urban Sacramento is the leading source of pesticide contamination disrupting the Delta aquatic environment"

  • "As Borneo's rain forests are razed for oil palm plantations, wildlife centers are taking in more and more orphaned orangutans and preparing them for reintroduction into the wild. But the endangered primates now face a new threat — there is not enough habitat where they can be returned." Blame the dead babies on government bio-fuel policies.

    Note: This post has more on how to recover the rainforest.

  • The cost of obesity in California? $40 billion. The budget deficit? $26 billion. Maybe we can solve both problems by making fat people walk to pick up Arnie's IOUs?

  • The Aral Sea is in even worse shape. The USSR started the murder; the Kazaks and Uzbeks are finishing the job. What's the weapon? Subsidized irrigation water.

    Note: Turkmenistan has an even stupider idea -- diverting a river to make a BIG lake in the desert.

  • Joseph Shaefer has an interesting article [part one part two] on future water wars and investing in the companies that will make money from shortages. Although I am not so pessimistic on wars and think that government policies can destroy many companies' business plans, the articles are thought--provoking and informative. I DO agree that "lifestyle" water (meat, consumption, etc.) is going to be EXPENSIVE.

  • The bottled water industry is diversifying its (advertising) message in an attempt to stay alive. Demand fell last year after years of double-digit growth.
hattips to PB, LC, EF, JWT


  1. So...there is some good news. Bottled water sales are down!

  2. Tame your skepticism. USEPA has invested millions in Tijuana pollution controls. It’s nothing new. 2007 story:


  3. The EPA has funded $36 million in infrastructure improvements, with the cooperation of the Mexican government. The EPA contributed $18 million to rehabilitate some of the most spill-prone areas of Tijuana's sewage-collection system. The project, which will be finished this year, aims to prevent raw sewage from leaking into the Tijuana River, said Su Cox, an EPA environmental engineer.

    The agency contributed $16 million to improve Tijuana's largest sewage pipe, which connects neighborhoods to the San Antonio de los Buenos treatment plant at Punta Bandera. That project was completed in 2000.

    The EPA also spent $2 million drafting an in-depth master plan for Tijuana's water and wastewater infrastructure. The report, which was completed in 2003, estimated that the burgeoning city needed to spend $1.2 billion to make necessary infrastructure improvements to meet its growing population's demand for water and wastewater services by 2023.


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