Tag Archives: Water

Better Foods = More Water-Intensive Foods?

By Dave Uppal In our class on Whole Foods, we discussed the importance of moving our population toward a healthier diet. Students talked about how they felt better when they ate food they bought at Whole Foods and how we could solve a lot of public health crises by eating better. I decided to look […]

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Business Model for Home-scale water and waste water re-use in Kenya

By Edwin My previous blog (see “what business model for home-scale water and waste water re-use in Kenya.”) looked into establishing a business model for home-scale water and waste water re-use in Kenya. At the conclusion of the blog, four possible routes that one could take in establishing a business model are listed. I chose […]

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Dealing with Dilemma: Reconciling Water Tensions between Farmers and Families in CA

By Wyatt Smith In “Woolf Farming and Processing”, our class confronted the vexing challenges of water distribution and shortage, attempting to reconcile the tensions between usage, rights, and payment that define water shortage issues. Digging deeper into the market failures complicating these issues, it becomes clear that solutions are not easy: Accounting for 80% of […]

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What is the value of an endangered species?

By Bret As we have seen in multiple classes thus far, the interests of business and profit often impose on the viability of an endangered species. In California, central valley farmers supporting cash crops with water transported from the north threatened the finger-sized Delta smelt through pumping activity and heightened water salinity. In the Mojave […]

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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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The Limits of the Profit Incentive

by Anonymous Can you have your cake and eat it too? Is it possible to be environmentally sustainable while embracing the consumerism that is at the heart of modern capitalism? Those are the questions that I found myself contemplating as we explored greenwashing in the Fiji Water case. In the quest for profit, Fiji Water […]

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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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Forget Oil. Fight for Water!

By Fabian According to the International Energy Agency (IEA), the US is set to overtake Saudi Arabia and Russia to become the world’s biggest oil producer by 2017. It is forecasted by the World Energy Outlook 2012 to become a net oil exporter by 2030. Meanwhile its European ancestors drive a heavy political agenda to […]

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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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What Can FDR Teach Us About Water Conservation?

By Alison Ernst During our class discussion on water last week, Professor Reinhardt drew an interesting analogy: perhaps current natural resource problems we face, such as water shortages and CO2 emissions, can be addressed the same way that the decreasing supply of U.S. forestland was addressed by President Roosevelt in the 1930s. The measures taken […]

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