04 April 2013

Speed blogging

  1. Carpe Diem's "New Visions, Smart Choices" gives several examples of how various communities are coping with water scarcity. I don't agree that all of these choices are smart (San Diego's desalination plant is a waste of money), and many involve water transfers (a zero-sum game) instead of using less, but the details may be instructive.

  2. Cheap nano-tablet to purify water. VERY cool.

  3. Head over to the International Waters Learning Exchange and Resource Network if you're looking for LOTS of ideas, teaching and information. It looks quite bureaucratic (lots of codes) to me, but there's also LOTS of information from places all over the world. Tell me if it's good!

  4. Vulnerable people don't protect themselves from floods; they protect themselves when they experience or know someone who experiences a flood. (Insurers know this.)

  5. I glanced at Water Governance in the 21st Century: Lessons from Water Trading in the U.S. and Australia and found it an exercise in glass-half empty as well as wishful thinking in terms of overthrowing property rights in favor of "social" management of water that's more likely to fail than succeed.That said, I enjoyed its summary of the issues (I would say that there are only a few, limited, water markets in the US).
H/Ts to AA and ER

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