30 Nov 2009

Speed Blogging

  • Some clever researchers have found the source of arsenic contaminating well water in Bangladesh: human-built ponds. This is great news -- the first step to ending one of the greatest poisonings in history.

  • Put these guys in charge (they understand risk): "Citing fears of rising costs from climate change, insurance companies have begun changing the terms of their policies to encourage customers to act more green."

  • Hazardous waste in water and air, and how the government caused it. (22 pages -- take your time :)

  • A researcher has made a measuring device that indicates if industrial water is "clean enough," which promises to cut demand for water by up to 50 percent.

  • China is uprooting 330,000 people (and "paying" them) as it begins digging canals to bring water to Beijing (Delivery -- but not the end of their water problems -- in 2012) Sounds like they might like to do the Peripheral Canal!

  • Chris Brooks compares water use in New Mexico and Texas (same basin and dirt, different property rights) and finds [doc] that "significantly more water is pumped to irrigate lots more land under the rule of capture [TX] than under prior appropriation [NM]."

  • Field trials of (GMO'd) drought-tolerant maize have begun in South Africa. Speaking of that, here's a 3pp Economist article on Monsanto.
hattips to DL and DW


  1. Did you actually manage to read all 22 pages of the diatribe against sewage sludge? I couldn't make it through the first page. What a mess!

    You'll have to tell me if he ever gets around to saying what should be done in lieu of land application. Sh*t's gotta go somewhere.

  2. Wow-- very impressed at the insurance companies who are stepping up to the effort.

  3. Great stuff. I didn't read the whole poop, but I am interested in it as a problem (whoo that sounds bad), and I'm also going to poke you a bit and say that I'm not exactly sure government was the source of the, em, contamination. Tim's right, it's gotta go somewhere.

    If we were a government-less state, would we not have that pollution?

  4. @TiA -- nope. I saw what you saw and stopped. I warned you :)


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