Inkstain (John Fleck)
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What economists call “weak sustainability” is the notion that, as you deplete some stock of natural capital, you reinvest in some stock of replacement capital. An example might be taking some of the surplus from extracting oil and gas and investing in solar or wind energy so you’ve still got some supply of energy when ...Continue reading ‘Sustainability, Texas style’ »
The case for dumping prior appropriation, the doctrine under which the first water users have the highest priority rights – Travis Stills: The 21st century water-use debate must move past “I got it first,” which children on the playground know is patently unreasonable and unfair.
Jay Famiglietti in Nature Climate Change (paywalled): The irony of groundwater is that despite its critical importance to global water supplies, it attracts insufficient management attention relative to more visible surface water supplies in rivers and reservoirs. In many regions around the world, groundwater is often poorly monitored and managed. In the developing world, oversight ...Continue reading ‘Famiglietti on draining the global groundwater bank’ »
I am endlessly fascinated (and frustrated) by the mess that is societal risk perception. Here (behind a Google survey wall), a look at efforts to regulate septic systems in Bernalillo County, primarily on the kind-of-rural fringes of the Albuquerque metro area: As groundwater contamination problems go, the stuff leaking from septic systems isn’t terribly sexy. ...Continue reading ‘Stuff I wrote elsewhere: septic systems and groundwater contamination’ »
Most of the way through October, it’s been a dry start to the 2014-15 “water year”, the season in which we build the snowpack to feed the rivers of the southwestern United States. As Jonathan Overpeck says: + @jfleck if there ever was a water year/ winter when we needed snow in our SW headwaters, ...Continue reading ‘Dry start to southwestern U.S. 2014-15 water year’ »
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