- Emily Green draws some lines between god, water and lawns in a thoughtful post. My comment:
Surely a perverse church that’s in charge now, that they sell you cheap water and then pay you to not use it. I’d prefer a single message: water is precious and we will charge you for it. People can then make their own financial and moral decisions on how to behave.
- Circle of Blue continues to do good work on utility water prices, which are rising quickly. Not to prevent shortage, sadly, but to pay for deferred system repairs.
- An Australian case study on rainwater tanks [PDF] that shows that they have a negative environmental impact (from capital costs and pumping water from the tank into the house water system). Is this the next corn ethanol?
- A paper discussing the different institutional responses (supply side, economic incentives) to water scarcity, as applied to Chile. Related, A really good essay on the definition of water scarcity at the Global Water Forum (lots of resources).
- An update on oceanic health (not good) and a paper showing that groundwater overdrafting (mining) has a bigger impact on sea level rise than melting glaciers!