24 Aug 2010

Speed blogging

  • India debates a new food policy for the poor: Give them coupons for food, so they can avoid corrupt bureaucrats who now steal their food. More on this idea at AidWatch.

  • Lawrence Lessig connects the dots between a corrupt Congress, Deepwater Horizon, financial meltdown, obesity and other policies killing us and our planet.

  • The Carter Administration's Global 2000 Report to the President: Entering the Twenty-First Century was published in 1980. It's got a lot of details on how the sky is falling (a la Limits to Growth), but most of those details were right. What was wrong is the combination of technological advances that made our lives better AND the fact that most Americans are insulated from these problems. The same cannot be said for many people in developing countries.

  • LOTS of information on water trading in Australia's Murray Darling Basin. "Water trading was critically important in moving scarce water around to those who needed it most. It is also helping the irrigation sector adjust to market forces and the need to reallocate water to the environment."

  • On the other hand, we have a report on irrigation subsidies in Spain, which "calculates subsidies... are in the range of €900-1120 million per year (an overall subsidy rate of 55% - water user charges for projects meet only 45% of the costs). More than half of those subsidies finance the modernization and rehabilitation of water distribution infrastructures to allow for water savings."

  • AquaPlanet is for aquaponics professionals.
Hattips to RB, CO and JWT