9 Nov 2010

Speed blogging

  • American Water Intelligence is a new publication from Global Water Intelligence. Pricey (but accurate) news and opinion on the business of water.

  • "FLOW (Field Level Operations Watch) is an Android mobile phone app that captures data on water points and sanitation projects in 11 different countries. The data is automatically uploaded to Google Earth so it is free and available for anyone to see and use." Good idea, but it seems to be aimed at techno-geeks instead of people living in LDCs. They may prefer to use their phones to make money.

  • More of our money in the toilet: "The Biomass Crop Assistance Program, estimated to cost $461 million, took effect on Wednesday...U.S. officials say the program will assure a supply of non-food feedstocks as the infant cellulosic industry grows." Seen this waste of OPM before, on other infant industries that never grew up (hydrogen car, micro processors, etc.)

  • "A [free] guide to understanding, assessing and managing water in grocery supply chains," and "A free and easy to use tool for companies and organizations to map their water use and assess risks relative to their global operations and supply chains" Both of these seem to be about more consulting contracts and greenwashing than the bottom line.

  • Massive FAIL: "Saudi Arabia should end government water subsidies to lower demand and save its dwindling water supplies...Consumers pay only 1 percent of the cost of water...half of the domestic oil consumption is used for desalinating water...Roughly 88 percent of water use goes toward agriculture, which contributes less than 3 percent of the country’s gross domestic product."
H/Ts to LD and DL.