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Water, water, everywhere
Saturday , September /Sunday 3 September 2017 | Financial Times | Sophie Knight.

The Netherlands has been the champion of water management for centuries, battling to keep its low-lying landmass dry. But as extreme weather events and high temperatures outstrip even the most pessimistic predictions, some argue that even the most sophisticated dikes won’t be enough.....
Rotterdam-based architectural studio ZUS, which has developed “Delta 3000”, a plan to transform the lowlands into a hilly sandy landscape. Covering the country in sand would prevent flooding, produce fresh water and create a naturally sustaining ecological system — which ZUS argues is better than the current cost and energy-intensive defence plan against the rising sea. The Netherlands uses a maintenance- intensive system of seawalls, dams, dikes, sluices, pumps and locks to protect the 55 per cent of the country prone to flooding. The government plans to update this system to combat the increased risk of flooding and reduced freshwater availability that they expect to come with climate change.

“[The current system is] artificial and is completely dependent on human intervention and technical adjustments,” says Kristian Koreman, one of the co-founders of ZUS along with Elma van Boxel. “Whereas with the dunes, finally you’re safe: you’re building higher ground.”.....The climate change debate has provoked a paradigm shift in landscape design due to the uncertainties it brings with it. Forced to abandon the notion that nature can be dominated, architects are now seeking to work with nature rather than against it,resurrecting ailing ecosystems or creating new ones to adapt to the future climate. ...
“The only thing that you can know about climate change is that we can’t predict it,” says Koreman. “But what we do know is that the basic codes of the system are not capable of dealing with the new complexity we are dealing with now: more rain, flooding rivers, salinisation, subsidence and migration were not considered when they made the original Delta plan [in the 1950s].”

ZUS’s counter-proposal is to cover the lowlands in sand, with enormous dunes ringing major cities and creating inland beaches next to lakes and canals. The first plan covered the conurbation that includes Amsterdam, Rotterdam and The Hague, but was extended to run up the entire Dutch coast after requests from vulnerable northern provinces.
water  floods  Netherlands  Dutch  water_management  extreme_weather_events  climate_change  resilience  unpredictability  sea-level_rise  human_intervention 
september 2017 by jerryking
A Texas Farmer on Harvey, Bad Planning and Runaway Growth -
AUG. 30, 2017 | The New York Times | By SEAMUS McGRAW.

Seamus McGraw is the author, most recently, of “Betting the Farm on a Drought: Stories From the Front Lines of Climate Change.” He is at work on a new book about water issues in Texas......Haskell a man who has, in nine decades in Texas, developed a deep appreciation for the complex interplay between nature and the world we create......The cycles of storms and droughts inevitable fact of life in Texas..... those storms and droughts are still more destructive than they ever were before, simply because there is more to the 16 years since Tropical Storm Allison deluged Houston, that city, which famously balks at any kind of zoning regulation, and the surrounding region, which encompasses all or parts of 15 counties, have undergone a period of explosive growth, from 4.8 million people in 2000 to more than 7 million today. Harris County alone, which includes the city of Houston, has grown to 4.6 million, up from 3.4 million.....That’s millions of people guzzling water when times are dry.....A century’s worth of unchecked growth has brought prosperity to many. But it also has altered the landscape in ways that have made both the droughts and the floods more destructive and made that prosperity fleeting. Much of the region sits atop the overtaxed Gulf Coast Aquifer, and though efforts have made over the last 40 years to limit withdrawals from it, enough water has been sucked out of it that the ground still subsides in some places, altering runoff patterns and allowing flood waters to gather.

What’s more, those more than 2 million newcomers to the region are living in houses and driving on roads and shopping in stores built atop what once was prairie that could have absorbed at least some of the fury of this flood and the next. What once was land that might have softened the storm’s blow is now, in many cases, collateral damage in what could turn out to be a $40 billion disaster.....take a moment to consider how best to rebuild, to pause and rethink how and where we build, to reflect not just on whether we’re altering the weather, but whether there is a way to make ourselves less vulnerable to it. Perhaps we could build differently, or set aside land that would both help recharge the dwindling water supplies in times of drought and slow the floods when they come.
adaptability  climate_change  extreme_weather_events  floods  water  resilience  sustainability  Texas  Houston  natural_calamities  disasters  Hurricane_Harvey  land_uses  droughts  books  collateral_damage  buffering  zoning 
september 2017 by jerryking
Looking for leadership on water - The Globe and Mail
Contributed to The Globe and Mail
Published Sunday, Nov. 29, 2015

The federal government has essentially left water issues to the provinces. Yet more than 75 per cent of Canadians live in boundary water basins shared with the United States and most of the rest live in multiprovincial-territorial river basins. The lack of federal leadership ignores the reality of water flow and leaves Canada vulnerable to major water crises that can cripple components of the national economy and are already impoverishing regional economies.

Canada could rapidly start to address its water crisis by implementing flood and drought forecasting and management, and improving water quality and fishery protection and transboundary water management through advice based on enhanced water science and observations.

One way to do this is via a co-operatively formulated, comprehensive Canada Water Agency.
water  leadership  crisis  crossborder  policymaking 
november 2015 by jerryking
The Decline of ‘Big Soda’ - The New York Times
OCT. 2, 2015 | NYT | Margot Sanger-Katz.

The obvious lesson from Philadelphia is that the soda industry is winning the policy battles over the future of its product. But the bigger picture is that soda companies are losing the war.

By the end of this decade, if not sooner, sales of bottled water are expected to surpass those of carbonated soft drinks.
Even as anti-obesity campaigners like Mr. Nutter have failed to pass taxes, they have accomplished something larger. In the course of the fight, they have reminded people that soda is not a very healthy product. They have echoed similar messages coming from public health researchers and others — and fundamentally changed the way Americans think about soda.

Over the last 20 years, sales of full-calorie soda in the United States have plummeted by more than 25 percent. Soda consumption, which rocketed from the 1960s through 1990s, is now experiencing a serious and sustained decline.
calories  beverages  sugar  diets  water  eating_habits  Coca-Cola  Pepsi  obesity  decline 
october 2015 by jerryking
Three generations of de Gaspé Beaubien family give back to Canada - The Globe and Mail
GATINEAU, QUE. — The Globe and Mail
Published Friday, Jun. 05, 2015

Working with Ottawa Riverkeeper’s capable executive director, Meredith Brown, the partnership last weekend hosted a summit, AquaHacking 2015, in a hotel just across the river from Parliament Hill. With the help of co-sponsor IBM, they held a “hackathon” and gave out $20,000 in prizes to computer wizards who came up with the best applications to help gather data on the health of the river. Some came from as far away as California to compete.
philanthropy  family  family-owned_businesses  water  family_business  public_service  Quebec  civics  youth  leadership  giving  serving_others 
june 2015 by jerryking
Water Data Deluge: Addressing the California Drought Requires Access to Accurate Data - The CIO Report - WSJ
April 22, 2015| WSJ | By KIM S. NASH.

California, now in its fourth year of drought, is collecting more data than ever from utilities, municipalities and other water providers about just how much water flows through their pipes....The data-collection process, built on monthly self-reporting and spreadsheets, is critical to informing such policy decisions, which affect California’s businesses and 38.8 million residents. Some say the process, with a built-in lag time of two weeks between data collection and actionable reports, could be better, allowing for more effective, fine-tuned management of water.

“More data and better data will allow for more nuanced approaches and potentially allow the water system to function more efficiently,”...“Right now, there are inefficiencies in the system and they don’t know exactly where, so they have to resort to blanket policy responses.”...the State Water Resources Control Board imports the data into a spreadsheet to tabulate and compare with prior months. Researchers then cleanse the data, find and resolve anomalies and create graphics to show what’s happened with water in the last month. The process takes about 2 weeks....accuracy is an issue in any self-reporting scenario...while data management could be improved by installing smart meters to feed information directly to the Control Board automatically... there are drawbacks to any technology. Smart meters can fail, for example. “The nice thing about spreadsheets is anyone can open it up and immediately see everything there,”
lag_time  water  California  data  spreadsheets  inefficiencies  municipalities  utilities  bureaucracies  droughts  vulnerabilities  self-reporting  decision_making  Industrial_Internet  SPOF  bottlenecks  data_management  data_quality  data_capture  data_collection 
april 2015 by jerryking
Wiping out California’s almond industry won’t fix the water crisis - The Globe and Mail
Wiping out California’s almond industry won’t fix the water crisis
PORTLAND, ORE. — The Globe and Mail
Published Tuesday, Apr. 21 2015, 11:08 AM EDT
Last updated Tuesday, Apr. 21 2015,
California  droughts  water  scarcity  farming  agriculture  water_footprints  almonds  Omar_el_Akkad 
april 2015 by jerryking
Water shortages could open taps on corporate risk - The Globe and Mail
NEW YORK — Reuters Breakingviews
Published Monday, Jan. 05 2015

two-thirds of the world’s largest companies worry about how constraints may affect their business....A few high-profile droughts have helped shake off some complacency. ...Illinois and Indiana are starting to use their relative abundance of water to lure companies to their states....Often, a company’s idea of water risk is very narrow,
water  scarcity  water_footprints  risks 
january 2015 by jerryking
The Risks of Cheap Water -
OCTOBER 14, 2014 | NYT | Eduardo Porter.

the proliferation of limits on water use will not solve the problem because regulations do nothing to address the main driver of the nation’s wanton consumption of water: its price.

“Most water problems are readily addressed with innovation,” said David G. Victor of the University of California, San Diego. “Getting the water price right to signal scarcity is crucially important.”... markets and prices are an indispensable part of the tool kit to combat scarcity....The signals today are way off. Water is far too cheap across most American cities and towns. ...Adding to the challenges are the obstacles placed in the way of water trading.
California  droughts  water  scarcity  pricing  signals 
october 2014 by jerryking
In California’s brown fields, an arid future - The Globe and Mail
The Globe and Mail
Published Monday, Aug. 25 2014

Astoundingly, considering that it supplies a vast proportion of North America’s agricultural goods and regularly suffers terrible droughts, California is the only state without a groundwater-management strategy.

This, as you might imagine, has scientists alarmed. “I see a state that is standing on the edge of a cliff,” Jay Famiglietti of the University of California’s Center for Hydrologic Modelling wrote in National Geographic. “This current drought, if it continues, will be like none other in recent times. The stress on groundwater will be far greater than ever before.”

Another UC professor studying water use, Richard Howitt, put it this way: “We’re acting like the super rich who have so much money they don’t need to balance their chequebook.”

Dr. Howitt and his team estimate the drought is costing the state $2-billion this year alone. The only reason that price tag isn’t even higher is because farmers are relying on groundwater to keep their crops growing and sent to market – kind of like taking out a second mortgage, with no prospect of repaying it. Maybe that price tag will be enough to shock California into action. More likely, it’ll be the sight of all those depressing brown lawns.
California  water  scarcity  droughts 
august 2014 by jerryking
Age of the water wars - The Globe and Mail
Contributed to The Globe and Mail
Published Wednesday, Oct. 09 2013
water  scarcity  conflicts 
august 2014 by jerryking
Clare Hasler-Lewis on the Future of Agriculture - WSJ
July 7, 2014

I also see a steady stream of new farming technologies, practices and ideas that are increasing our ability to use limited resources efficiently—particularly water. And that promises a future agriculture that can feed the world, sustainably, for generations to come.

Smart Winery
Capturing, recycling and reusing water will become the rule rather than the exception in food production and processing. Processing the food we eat every day makes up 50% of our total water footprint. It is not difficult to imagine most consumer products of the future bearing a "Water Footprint" rating.

A glimpse of that water-efficient future is already visible at the University of California, Davis, where my colleagues recently opened the world's only LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) Platinum-certified winery, brewery and food-processing facility.
agriculture  farming  future  water  scarcity  water_footprints  food 
august 2014 by jerryking
How do we avert a thirsty future? - The Globe and Mail
Special to The Globe and Mail
Published Tuesday, Jul. 15 2014
water  scarcity  conflicts 
august 2014 by jerryking
In a water war, Canada could get hosed - The Globe and Mail
The Globe and Mail
Published Friday, Feb. 28 2014

According to Canada’s ambassador to the United States, water is the new oil. In a recent interview, Gary Doer said that by the end of the decade, the pressure on water quality and quantity will be immense. He predicted that water debates and disputes between the two countries will make the clash over the Keystone XL pipeline “look silly” by comparison.... A 2012 intelligence report from the U.S. State Department predicted global water shortages beyond 2022 that could lead to armed conflict and failed states. Water as a tool or target of war or terrorism will increase, the report said, particularly in South Asia, the Middle East and North Africa.

In his Postmedia interview, Mr. Doer listed off a string of potential Canada-U.S. flashpoints, ranging from the St. Lawrence Seaway to Lake of the Woods, which borders Ontario, Manitoba and Minnesota and has seen growing concerns about water quality.

But the most pressing issue is drought. Some hold the view that the moment an ounce of our water is exported south, it will become subject to the provisions of the North American free-trade agreement. And that once that tap is turned on, there may be no stopping it – Canada’s water resources will suddenly become a U.S. national security concern.
crossborder  water  Great_Lakes  droughts  scarcity  security_&_intelligence  flashpoints 
july 2014 by jerryking
What should Canada do to prepare for the day oil runs out?
Sept. 12 2013 The Globe and Mail JAMES MARTIN.

Even if we don’t allow bulk water exports, and I certainly wouldn’t rule that out, water is going to become key in driving a much revitalized agricultural sector. If there’s one area of the economy that will grow beyond many others, it will be a throwback to the past economy, with the agricultural sector playing a greater role. World food prices have increased. We have a rising world population with rising protein consumption.

I would also argue that those far-flung suburbs that surround cities may soon return back to the farmland that they were 30-40 years ago because of changes in relative prices.
agriculture  competitiveness_of_nations  farmland  Jeffrey_Rubin  oil_industry  peak_oil  water 
september 2013 by jerryking
Raise the Great Lakes? If only it were so simple
Jun. 10 2013 | The Globe and Mail | by Lana Pollack

I support the principal findings of the IJC’s Advice to Governments, especially that we invest in understanding how to best manage and live with extreme water levels with adaptive management. And I wouldn’t object if the governments studied the costs, consequences and engineering challenges associated with installing adjustable structures in the St. Clair River. But I don’t want to contribute to the false belief that today’s extreme low levels can be largely explained by 50- to 150-year-old dredging projects. The science points to complexities with a lot of flashing yellow lights warning us to go slow in considering the best way forward.
Great_Lakes  crossborder  water  complexity 
june 2013 by jerryking
High and dry: drought in the American Midwest
January 10th, 2013 | World Finance | By Rita Lobo
water  droughts 
april 2013 by jerryking
A New York Mom Outsmarts Coke And Pepsi With A Cool Marketing Idea - Forbes
Avi Dan, Contributor

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water  beverages  marketing  New_York_City 
february 2013 by jerryking
Polak's pumps help farmers out of poverty
By David Scott
Thursday, April 19, 2007

The Mwanza family, IDE customers in
Zambia, whose crops have imporved.

Paul Polak's development company receives grant from Gates Foundation

By Krystyna Slivinski, BA'89
Africa  Gates_Foundation  farming  water  irrigation  filters  filtration  UWO  alumni  LDCs 
november 2012 by jerryking
Would You Drink Recycled Wastewater? -
August 24, 2012 | WSJ | By PAUL KIX. With water in short supply across the country, it's time to take a serious look at recycling sewage...If all the wastewater dumped into waterways or the ocean were recycled instead, the U.S. would increase its water supply by as much as 27%, according to a report released earlier this year by the National Academy of Sciences. Nationally, that amounts to 12 billion gallons.
recycling  water  wastewater-treatment  droughts 
august 2012 by jerryking
Water, Water, Everywhere, Nor Any Drop to Drink
June/July 2007 | Canadian TREASURER | by David Dewan.

50% of water is lost in transmission in many U.S. cities because of poor infrastructure. That's just the tip of the proverbial iceberg. Clearly, demand will far exceed supply. However, we humans are a resourceful bunch, and necessity is the mother of invention. This is why we recommend investments in all facets of the global water industry. For example:
* water technology;
* filtration & purificatiun;
* environmental services;
* engineering;
* consulting:
* irrigation;
* packaged water;
* utilities;
* pipelines & distribution;
* hydroelectricity:
* water rights, and
* instrumentation & measurement components.
water  investing  commodities  infrastructure  environmental_services 
august 2012 by jerryking
Where Do Great Ideas Come From?, Starting a Business Article - Inc. Article
Oct 15, 2002 | Inc. Magazine | By Anne Stuart | To hear these Inc 500 all-stars tell it, it's not from books or market research; it's from keeping your eyes and ears open...

57 % of the Inc 500 CEOs surveyed got the original idea for their business by spotting an opportunity in the industry they worked in.
ideas  idea_generation  flavours  start_ups  filters  overlooked_opportunities  filtration  water  auctions  accessories  maintenance  ATMs  lighting 
june 2012 by jerryking
Hot Commodities
May 2004 | Robb Report Worth |by John Fried.

When you invest in say, copper, you have to determine whether there is too much supply of copper or too little. You have to figure out how many copper mines are being opened and how many are dpelted. Once you uncderstand those dynamics, you invest. If you inves tin the stock of a copper company, you have to look at those samle macro issues as well as corporate fundamentals. You have to worry about management, balance sheets, continuing practices, and how well the board of directors handles its pension plan . You have to worry about the overall mood of the stock market, the U.S. economy, and well as foreign economies. To me, cutting out the middle man is a lot easier....As a savvy commodities investor you must pay attention to the macro fundamentals--supply, demand, inventories--as well as the mood of the market in order to find your sell sign.
Jim_Rogers  commodities  investing  China  water  gold  market_sentiment  pay_attention 
may 2012 by jerryking
Move Over, Coke -
January 30, 2006 | WSJ | By GWENDOLYN BOUNDS | Staff Reporter of THE WALL STREET JOURNAL

How a small beverage maker managed to win shelf space in one of the most brutally competitive industries
Gwendolyn_Bounds  beverages  shelf_space  Coca-Cola  grocery  Pepsi  fees_&_commissions  branding  distribution_channels  water 
may 2012 by jerryking
“Mining” Groundwater in India Reaches New Lows
Mason Inman

for National Geographic News

Published December 31, 2010
water  India  crop_insurance 
april 2012 by jerryking
Water and Agri-Food Innovation: Does our future profitability depend on it? - Discover Ivey - Richard Ivey School of Business.
Water and Agri-Food Innovation: Does our future profitability depend on it?

January 17, 2012
Event Details

Registration and breakfast: 7:30 a.m.
Panel discussion & Q&A: 8:00-10:00 a.m.
Location: Ivey's ING Direct Leadership Centre, Exchange Tower (King & York St.), Toronto

Tickets: $20 per person, $15 current student rate
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Although Canada appears to have an abundance of water, very little is accessible and usable. Water efficiency and innovation is critical for ensuring food businesses can be both profitable and sustainable.

Ontario’s food industry is now the largest manufacturing employer in the province. However, the industry is challenged by a high Canadian dollar, lagging productivity, higher input costs and the need to respond to customer demands for health and sustainability in their products and processes. Concerns over future water resources and sustainability are causing the industry to rethink its practices, but any changes must also contribute to profitability.
water  agriculture  innovation  Ivey 
december 2011 by jerryking
Fiji Water Closes Operations in Fiji -

Island's Tax Increase Gives Fiji Water a Bitter Taste
Lynda_Resnick  Fiji  water  pomegranates 
august 2011 by jerryking
Book Chat on 'The Big Thirst': The Future of Water
May 3, 2011 | | By DAVID LEONHARDT. Who reviews,
‘The Big Thirst’: The Future of Water by Charles Fishman, who a longtime
writer for Fast Company magazine. Fishman previously wrote “The
Wal-Mart Effect,” which was an Economist “book of the year” in 2006 and a
finalist in The Financial Times’s awards for best business
book.....Free water — water so cheap you never think about cost when
making water use decisions — is a silent disaster. When something is
free, the message is: It’s unlimited. Free water leads to constant waste
and misallocation.
“We will not, going forward, have water that has all three of those
qualities at the same time: unlimited, unthinkingly inexpensive and
safe.” ....Reminds me of an adage often cited in engineering circles:
"Good, fast, cheap - - pick any two."
water  books  water_footprints  future  free  optimization  fast  cheap  pricing  resource_allocation  misallocations  waste  inexpensive  engineering  fast-paced 
may 2011 by jerryking
Plans to export water, though unpopular, keep springing up
Mar. 30, 2011 | Globe and Mail | RENATA D’ALIESIO. In Canada,
MPs of all political stripes are in no mood to entertain water exports.
Mr. Chrétien’s call for a debate was essentially rejected by the NDP,
the federal Conservative government, and the party he led for nearly 13
years, the Liberals. All said they oppose large water exports.

“The vast, vast majority of Canadians are against the idea of exporting
our water in bulk,” said Quebec Liberal MP Francis Scarpaleggia, noting
most of the nation’s renewable water flows north, away from large
population centres. “It could cause irreparable damage to ecosystems.
Moving water around brings invasive species from one basin into

Mr. Scarpaleggia, the party’s water critic, said Canada should instead
look to export its scientific and technological expertise to developing
countries coping with water scarcity – a growing problem in many regions
of the world, particularly the Middle East and North Africa.
water  exporting  scarcity  Jean_Chrétien 
april 2011 by jerryking
Water's Scarcity Spells Opportunity for Entrepreneurs -
March 21, 2011
2030 Water Resources Group = an association of the World Bank, major
industrial water users and the consulting firm McKinsey.
Hydrovolts, a start-up company in Seattle, has developed a portable
turbine that generates energy from water flowing in irrigation canals.
BlackGold Biofuels, from Philadelphia, takes fats, oils and grease out
of wastewater to create biodiesel. WaterSmart Software = software helps
residential users track their consumption to save water and money.
Imagine H2O competition
the Artemis Project, a specialist consulting practice based in San
water  water_power  scarcity  start_ups  XPV  venture_capital  vc  entrepreneur  water_footprints  wastewater-treatment  contests  GE  Veolia  fats 
march 2011 by jerryking
Energy Lessons from Ancient Rome -
Jan. 20, 2011| BusinessWeek| By Alessandra Migliaccio &
Flavia Rotondi. The ancient Romans used water pressure to bring the
city's monumental baths and fountains to life. Flavio and Valerio
Andreoli are using it to produce clean power. Encouraged by generous
renewable energy incentives, their company, Hydrowatt, specializes in
generating electricity from turbines in aqueducts. ..The brothers tap
into modern water pipelines that follow the same routes as the old
aqueducts. Like ancient engineers who studied the land seeking sources
at higher elevations to provide the pressure needed to reach Rome,
Hydrowatt's engineers seek out places where pipelines have valves
designed to release excess pressure as the water flows rapidly down the
mountainsides. Once they identify such a site, the brothers offer local
authorities that control the aqueducts a deal to replace the valves with
Hydrowatt's turbines.
water  hydroelectric  energy  cleantech  green  Italian  start_ups  Romans  electric_power  water_power 
february 2011 by jerryking
Dan Dorfman: The Man Who Turns Water Into Gold
Dan Dorfman

Financial Columnist, Market Commentator
Posted: January 22, 2011
water  investors 
january 2011 by jerryking
Water-saving in the north-east: Trees grow in Brooklyn
Nov 11, 2010 | The Economist. NYC has a serious sewer problem,
spilling more than 27 B gal. (102 B L) of untreated overflow into its
harbour each year.U.S cities rely on decrepit sys. that collect
storm-water run-off, industrial waste & human sewage in the same
pipes.Usually these pipes take waste water to treatment plants.But any
overflow is released into rivers & streams.Time, erosion &
increasingly erratic weather have made this a national issue. NYC
recently unveiled a plan to clean up its waterways.Instead of spending
billions on new tanks & pipes (i.e, “grey infrastructure”), which
take yrs. to build & never quite address the problem, NYC will
invest in “green infrastructure”, e.g. roofs covered with vegetation,
porous pavements & kerbside gardens.Instead of treating rainfall as
waste to be quickly whisked away, NYC will let it sink usefully into the
ground: helping to make the city greener, improve air quality, raise
property values, increase jobs & lower water & energy costs,
green_roofs  water  infrastructure  New_York_City  Brooklyn  wastewater-treatment  overflow  environment 
november 2010 by jerryking
20 Small Businesses of the Future: Water Trader - BusinessWeek
Water Trader
The Idea: Water becoming scarce

Stage: Bottled water already a billion-dollar business

It has been said that water is the oil of the 21st century. But humans
don't need to drink a liter or two of oil every day. Early signs of
coming conflicts over water are already apparent around the world and in
the U.S., where the Southwest is ever-thirsty. Dickson Despommier, a
professor of microbiology at Columbia University, says water issues are a
coming tidal wave, especially considering the amount of water needed
for agriculture. "People will actually make a choice: I could drink this
water, or I could let my plants drink this water," Despommier says.
"It's going to be the subject of conflicts and wars."
small_business  water  scarcity  commodities  traders 
november 2010 by jerryking
Water Shortages: How to Prevent Them -
OCTOBER 18, 2010 \By MICHAEL TOTTY. Software that can spot
leaks, improved recycling—and other innovations to keep things flowing
water  desalination  recycling  wastewater-treatment  scarcity  shortages 
october 2010 by jerryking
Managing Water as Scarcity Looms -
SEPT. 27, 2010 | WSJ | By GERALDINE AMIEL. Suez
Environnement's CEO Taps Opportunities Amid Escalating Global Shortages;
a Particular Thirst for China. As the world's population grows and
migrates to cities, water shortages are happening in places where
scarcity was unthinkable only 5 yrs ago, such as the Spanish coast,...
London,--is described by the U.K. Environment Agency as "seriously water
stressed." And in March 2009, a report by the WEF said the lack of
water would "soon tear into various parts of the global economic system"
and "start to emerge as a headline geopolitical issue."...``on the U.S.
East Coast, "people are used to having water—they don't think further,
they don't think about future generations." Mr. Chaussade prefers
thinking for the long term. His main hobby is planting trees in his
garden and watching them grow, imagining what people will think of them
in 100 yrs. "The garden must be beautiful when you create it,--It must
remain so when you're gone."
water  scarcity  China  Suez  Veolia  CEOs  smart_grid  desalination  imagination  wastewater-treatment  sensors  HBS  gardening  long-term  far-sightedness  unthinkable  geopolitics 
september 2010 by jerryking
Op-Ed Contributor - Drowning Today, Parched Tomorrow
August 15, 2010 | - | By STEVEN SOLOMON. HARD
as it may be to believe when you see the images of the monsoon floods
that are now devastating Pakistan, the country is actually on the verge
of a critical shortage of fresh water. And water scarcity is not only a
worry for Pakistan’s population — it is a threat to America’s national
security as well.

Given the rapid melting of the Himalayan glaciers that feed the Indus
River — a possible contributor to the current floods — and growing
tensions with upriver archenemy India about use of the river’s
tributaries, it’s unlikely that Pakistani food production will long keep
pace with the growing population.
water  scarcity  Pakistan  India  U.S.foreign_policy 
august 2010 by jerryking
An Array of Water Filters for Your Home -
MARCH 10, 2010 | Wall Street Journal | By GWENDOLYN BOUNDS. A Better Vintage of Tap Water
water  filtration  filters  Gwendolyn_Bounds 
march 2010 by jerryking
True Blue - From the Founder
June 2009 | Zoomer Mag | Moses Znaimer
CARP  water 
january 2010 by jerryking
Liquid assets
Winter 2008 | Globe Investor Magazine | by Nick Rockel. Water
may be the oil of the 21st century, but its infrastructure is a mess.
Ergo, there's billions up for grabs to keep the taps on
water  infrastructure 
november 2009 by jerryking
Business & Water: Water 2007
March 22 2007 | Finacial Times | Related reports
november 2009 by jerryking
Turning on the Tap: Is Water the Next Oil?
10/17/2005 | HBS Working Knowledge | by Garry Emmons.
Water, not petroleum, may emerge as this century's most essential—and
contested—product. Here's how new, private enterprises are exploring the
complexities of water delivery and treatment globally. From HBS Alumni
november 2009 by jerryking
onPhilanthropy: Articles: Water Projects: The Harm Caused by Well-meaning Philanthropists
Water Projects: The Harm Caused by Well-meaning Philanthropists
By Ned Breslin, 8/1/07
water  philanthropy 
september 2009 by jerryking
Water, water everywhere, each drop more precious
July 20, 2009 | Knowledge @ INSEAD | by Shellie Karabell.
august 2009 by jerryking
There's a mentor for every entrepreneur; Universities are likely places to find someone willing to give time and feedback
Jun 22, 2009 | National Post pg. FP.6 | Anonymous

Deborah Jardine, senior manager of the Business Development Bank of
Canada's Entrepreneurship Centre, which provides its young entrepreneur
loan recipients with business coaching services, says a mentor or
informal business coach can be instrumental in mapping how to grow a
business and meet goals.
XPV  BDC  water  mentoring 
august 2009 by jerryking
Water Cops Crack Down in Drought Areas -
AUGUST 24, 2009 | Wall Street Journal | by SABRINA SHANKMAN
water  droughts  enforcement  conservation 
august 2009 by jerryking
Water for Profit
November/December 2002 Issue| Mother Jones | By Jon R. Luoma.
Private water providers have positioned themselves as the solution to
the developing world's water problems, notes Hugh Jackson, a policy
analyst at the advocacy group Public Citizen. "But it's a lot harder for
them to make the case when here, in the world's center of capitalism,
cities are delivering tremendous amounts of high-quality, clean,
inexpensive water to people."
water  PPP  privatization  Suez  Vivendi  infrastructure  high-quality 
august 2009 by jerryking
Droughts drive a tide of investment in water industry;
Jul 5, 2006 | Financial 17 | by FIONA HARVEY.
investing  water  filtration 
august 2009 by jerryking
Climate change: Wake up to the value of water
April 17 2008 | Financial Times | By Fiona Harvey, Environment
Correspondent. For most companies in the developed world, water is not
much of a problem. Water bills are generally a tiny part of overheads,
and unless there is a drought or flood, companies can count on it
flowing from the tap. Companies with higher water uses – such as food
processors or computer chip makers – may pay more attention, but the
increasing scarcity of water around the world, which is being
exacerbated by global warming, is forcing a rethink. Embedded water,
also known as virtual or hidden water, is the water used in the
production of goods that is invisible to the end user.
water  climate_change  scarcity 
august 2009 by jerryking
Businesses face clean water scarcity risks
March 30 2008 | Financial Times | By Aline van Duyn. Companies
around the world face disruptions to their supply chains and other
risks from the growing scarcity of clean water, but assessing such
exposure is near-impossible due to the highly inadequate information
companies make available. Managing water supplies, has, of course also
generated large investment opportunities for investors and banks like
JPMorgan Chase. Around the world there have been privatisations of water
systems and investments in water supply infrastructure and waste water
scarcity  risks  water  investing  privatization  supply_chains 
august 2009 by jerryking
On the WaterFront: two years after the E.coli mess in Walkerton, Andrew Benedek of Zenon Environmental is marketing an ingenious new idea: clean, safe drinking water
Apr 2002 | Report on Business Magazine Vol. 18, Iss. 10; pg.
31 | by D'Arcy Jenish. Profiles Andrew Benedek, founder-CEO of Zenon,
founded in 1980, which is now marketing an innovative, new product-a
membrane filtration system that removes chemical pollutants, as well as
new and dangerous parasites, out of drinking water. To date, Zenon has
focused on the municipal and industrial market, but this spring will
launch its first consumer product, called Homespring.
Zenon  water  filtration  parasites  pollutants 
august 2009 by jerryking
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