14 December 2010

Speed blogging

  • Gary Libecap (UCSB) has an excellent new paper [pdf] on water policy in the western US. I recommend that you complement this reference with the La Nina drought tracker for AZ and NM (Is there one for CA et al?). While you're at it, check out the Africa Water Atlas... "a visual account of Africa's endowment and use of water resources, revealed through 224 maps and 104 satellite images as well as some 500 graphics and hundreds of compelling photos."

  • Speaking of Africa, the Economist notes that the Sahel may be experiencing greater variation of climate -- more rain and floods interspersed with more heat and droughts. How are people responding to crop failures? They are relying more on food aid. How are donors responding? By sending more food. "Donors are more willing to stump up cash for dramatic emergencies than for prevention, where success is harder to measure. `This is more expensive but more sexy... Donors like to see impact.'" Seems like they are feeding Sahelians like they feed lab rats.

  • Join the Agricultural Wetland Research Network!

  • Bob Williams drops in "Enron" as an excuse to avoid water markets; then he pretends that water trades "privatize" water that's already owned -- via water rights. DOUBLE FAIL.

  • EPA fails to get ahead of lead in the water, but the nutso-wing of the blogosphere is more interested in the possibility that lithium will be added to the water. (They agree with themselves here.) They need more Soma reality in their water.
H/T to Fleck.

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