6 Jul 2011

Speed blogging

  • Sudan and Ethiopia are planning dams on the Nile. These are the result of instability in Egypt, which has threatened to attack countries blocking Nile water. Chinese money and engineering mean they are unlikely to pass a benefit-cost test.

  • Virtual water transfers unlikely to redress inequality in global water use: "Most inequality (76%) in water use is due to agricultural production and can be attributed to climate and arable land availability [physics], not social development status. Virtual water use is highly unequal and is almost completely explained by social development status [money]."

  • Coca-Cola's "green" billboard isn't. Why? Because the plants on it (neat!) have zero net impact on carbon (they live, absorb carbon and die, re-releasing it). Coca Cola should buy some rainforest and send customers a postcard with images of REAL carbon conservation.

  • "We have too much water," says Milwaukee's Mayor, as he offers discounts to businesses that use a lot of water and employ people. The economics of these decreasing block rates are sound -- as long as the price covers costs and prices can rise when demand approaches supply.

  • Get to work! The deadline for entering a three minute video in the contest "Tracing the journey of a drinking water drop" for International Water Week in Amsterdam (from October 29 to November 4, 2011) is October 1st 2011.

  • In Water: Asia's New Battleground, Brahma Chellaney expertly paints a larger picture of water across Asia, highlights the security implications of resource-linked territorial disputes, and proposes real strategies to avoid conflict and more equitably share Asia's water resources. (I've ordered a review copy.)
H/Ts to JH, DL, RM and TM

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