- Nature can clean up some oil, but we can help.
- Eating spicy food? Don't cool it with water. Try these.
- Background on Concord's ban on bottled water. (Bad idea, but activists love it.)
- UAE citizens use 550 lcd, 3x the world average, and their water is subsidized. Dubai's mirage is running into the wall of reality.
- Iraqi tribes are using force to take water (Tragedy of the Commons), sometimes killing irrigation inspectors. Water wars? Nope. More like broken government and insufficient time to create new institutions.
- The Economist on California water:
Silly prices like that send the wrong signal to the market. With people having little incentive to conserve, the authorities then have to resort to rationing when droughts occur. That is neither efficient nor fair: it penalises those who use water sparingly as much as those who waste it. In an ideal world, water would be priced so as to reflect its scarcity. In periods of drought, its price would increase and people would therefore demand less.
It is not a perfect world, least of all in California. But nor is it beyond the wit of those in charge to consider water like oil or any other commodity, and to use market mechanisms to match supply and demand.