A list of news and blog items we stumbled upon in the past week…
- The rising pressure of global water shortages (Nature) – a commentary by Jan Eliasson discussing the role of hydro-diplomacy to address current and future water challenges stemming from population pressure on water demand.
- ‘Poor plan’ desal plant can’t close (Sky News) – 100 Gigaliter Adelaide Australia desalination plant built during the drought is not needed to meet current post-drought water demand, and it may be too expensive to merely mothball. What happens when variable scale problems with high levels of uncertainty are addressed by too-big-to fail infrastructure investments?
- Compendium of Lessons Learned from ARCC Climate Change Vulnerability Assessments (USAID) – Report from October 2014 includes case studies and examples from Uganda, Malawi, Senegal and the Dominican Republic.
- Floating Toilets That Clean Themselves Grow On A Lake (NPR) – a novel approach to addressing E. coli in Tonle Sap Lake, Cambodia
- Iran’s dam diplomacy (American Enterprise Institute) – Michael Rubin provides a brief commentary on reasons for dam construction beyond water storage and electricity.
Contributed by Tim Griffin, Amanda Repella, and Mahdi Zarghami