27 Nov 2009

Speed Blogging

  • Israeli companies in leak detection and water meters.

  • A good post on the difference between drought (variations in supply) and shortage (the gap between supply and demand). Here's the picture:

  • Want people to use less? Water meters need to be easy to read; bills easy to understand; conservation easy to measure. Hear hear!

  • Mexico is enduring its worst drought in six decades.

  • A blurb on Planet Water: Investing in the World's Most Valuable Resource is written by the guy who created the first water-based exchange-traded fund.

  • Mexican drug lords face competition from... California pot growers. The DEA is making prices go higher, but local potheads are making them go lower. Guess which direction hurts drug gangs more? Fire the DEA and legalize it (like in Portland?).

  • Climate refugees. 10 million now, 25 million by 2050 (or earlier?)

  • An article on swoopo.com, an "“entertainment shopping" site [sic] that runs a version of all-pay auctions (see this post) for stuff. One person will buy a laptop for $23.27, but the losing bidders will pay $1,396. Entertainment? evil? a scam? Caveat emptor!

  • Information on drip techniques, pest control, etc. from these guys: "The Agriculture Guide Organization is an online organization that gets its power from TURKEY and of course, OUR READERS. Our task is to give TURKISH AGRICULTURE adequate publicity while at the same time, enlightening the PUBLIC regarding agricultural terms, techniques, background information, applications and methods."
Hattips to MB, MC, DL, CM, JWT and DW


  1. David,
    Yes on Mexico, no on "climate refugees." On the latter, if you've never read "Silent Violence" by Michael Watts (Geography, Berkeley, right where you are!), try to some time. It's worth reading, even if it sounds...err... structuralist. Bottom line: Most 'natural' hazards are not natural; they are usually the culminating and visible point of a region long-unsettled by violence, colonialism, or internal strife.
    But Mexico has it bad right now, awful, and the weird aspect is its longevity compared to the 1950s drought that devastated portions of northern Mexico.
    Julio Betancourt, and some others, put out an interesting volume about a decade ago on the 1950s drought in the Southwest (and yes, Mexico included).

  2. @Eric -- thanks for the info. Watts administers my postdoc, but I haven't read his stuff. (Adds to long reading list...) I agree, in principle, that our institutions have a LOT to do with the severity of "natural" events...


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