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Water and Markets

By Peter Brooks Water is the fundamental source of all life on Earth; it’s also a $500 billion industry[1]. And yet in most places on the planet there is no market for water. How can something with so much inherent value lack a venue for exchange? Or – as Adam Smith argues in his diamond-water […]

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(Response to: “Water and Markets”)

By Viktor (This is a reply to /comment on “Water and Markets.)”     RESPONSE: I left today’s class discussion of “Woolf Farming & Processing” case without being totally convinced that removal of almond trees was the best way move forward for the case protagonist, andI was puzzledabout what he can do to become less […]

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Achieving Sustainable Water Use Through Appropriate Pricing

By Anonymous In keeping with the habit of consuming on borrowed funds, parts of America are waking up to water shortages after using more than was truly available. This overconsumption beyond the replacement rate must be discouraged with appropriate pricing to ensure long-term sustainable resource use. With only 2.5 percent of the world’s water being […]

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Energy efficiency: low-hanging fruit or mirage?

By Erik Desrosiers As governments, businesses and utility companies pursue ways to mitigate the threats of climate change and growing global energy demand, it is intuitive to think that using less energy may be a practical solution. Earlier this semester, we examined the case of Groom Energy Solutions, an energy efficiency retrofit services provider whose […]

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Short-termism and the Time Horizon Problem

By Rick Kjellberg Much is already written about how the incessant pace of the quarterly earnings cycle has created excessive emphasis on short-term results to the detriment of companies’ long-term sustainability and growth. While chasing earnings, most corporate executives have simply complained about the process, but some have earned prison sentences after ‘borrowing’ tomorrow’s receivables […]

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Global Water Shortages and Potential Solutions

By Nick Ling Around 70% of the surface of our planet is covered by water, but less than 1% of this water is fresh and can be used sustainably by humans. The “sustainable water” is not distributed equally around the globe and does not match the distribution of population across the globe (see Figure 1). […]

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California’s Peripheral Canal: Delivering More of Today’s Problems at a Higher Price?

By AV California’s “peripheral canal” project, the Bay Delta Conservation Plan (BDCP), calls for the construction of a tunnel system to collect water from the Sacramento River, bypassing the San Joaquin-Sacramento River Delta, to deliver flows south while improving the delta’s environmental conditions through wetland restoration. The proposal would give water contractors south of the […]

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Water Markets in the Central Valley

By Anonymous It was quite frustrating to discuss such an inefficient allocation of resources as the water system in the Woolf Farming case. Pricing is opaque, farmers refrain from trading excess allocation and per-acre foot overhead costs exacerbate the price variance between shortages and excess. However, I was encouraged to learn about the Australian water […]

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VC and Nuclear – The Next Frontier or A Recipe for Losing Money?

By Anonymous Nuclear technology startups offering the promise of cheap, abundant, and safe electricity for everyone justifiably generate enthusiasm in the VC community as well as in the classroom. However, having worked in the power business, this author’s sense was that it would be beneficial for all those interested in the space from an investment […]

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