11 April 2011

Speed blogging

  • Lloyd Carter predicts a torrent of propaganda from politicians meeting in Fresno to discuss irrigation water today (11 Apr). His dissection of their talking points is brutal, but that won't keep them from pretending they speak truth. Any feedback on what they actually say is welcomed.

  • The EU motivates member countries bureaucrats and politicians to clean up their water with smiley faces (there were fewer before the reporting deadline). Pretty cool.

  • Global Water Intelligence: Politicians force Israel's water authority to sell more water at the cheap price ($2.40/m^3 = $6.80/ccf). More desalination ahead. In Saudi, water prices are up, but customers are happier -- because now they have reliable water. Meanwhile, the folks who took over water service from Veolia are reducing rates in Paris. They claim they are cheaper/more efficient; Veolia claims they are taking advantage of Veolia's earlier capital spending. This story matches my theory of the private-public ownership cycle.

  • Along the same lines as Limits to Growth, consider this publication by the National Intelligence Council: "Global Trends 2025: A Transformed World... offers a fresh look at how key global trends might develop over the next 15 years to influence world events. Our report is not meant to be an exercise in prediction or crystal ball-gazing. Mindful that there are many possible "futures," we offer a range of possibilities and potential discontinuities, as a way of opening our minds to developments we might otherwise miss."

  • "Up to now, there is no central database of universities that are engaged in drinking water, sanitation, and hygiene projects in developing countries, the nature of their activities, or where they are located. A consortium of universities is trying to fill this information gap. If you are affiliated with a US university that is involved with drinking water, sanitation, and hygiene activities in developing countries, please fill out this brief survey to contribute this information to the consortium’s upcoming database."
H/Ts to EB, KB and RD

2 comments:

Bear said...

Glad you liked the "Limits To Growth" and the NIC Global Trends pieces...how about a little attribution to AquaNexus for having connected them for/to you? J.K.- glad you liked them...These extend the Malthus dire thesis but also make the point that resource management and enlightened policy planning can buy time, prevent conflict, limit/avoid needless suffering, and avoid projected military expenditure while technology (advancement and deployment) can very well prevent or at least mitigate the expectable future.
Best
rob@aquanexus.com

David Zetland said...

Rob -- I gave the H/T to RD. That's you!