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Free Trade or Fair Trade: That is the question

Free Trade or Fair Trade: That is the question

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Two important contributions to the discussion of free and fair trade and the nexus of trade and the environment are reviewed and summarized here. …

Optimistically Speaking– The Straight Story

Optimistically Speaking– The Straight Story

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This week, I participated in a panel-discussion hosted by the United Nations University. Four research fellows espoused on the importance of "Safe Water Provisioning as the Key to Global Health." Yep, I agree. There were about 75 people in attendance, which is unfortunately reflective of the abundant indifference permeating populations…

Water, Money and Education

Water, Money and Education

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Where does water come from, and where does it go? For that matter, where does money come from, and where does it go? I often ponder these questions, resulting in a host of thoughts, because water and money are expansive and varied topics. For today’s musings, I consider the education…

Water and the Lobbyist Culture

Water and the Lobbyist Culture

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OpEd piece on the role of lobbyists in American politics. …

Water Sustainability – Haiti Has Been Thirsty For Years

Water Sustainability – Haiti Has Been Thirsty For Years

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Until we actually walk in the shoes of another human being or culture, our perspective towards that person / society is filtered through our own experiences, opinions and perceptions. The trauma of Haiti and its people is beyond true understanding, especially when witnessing it via the media, while food, water…

Water Sustainability – Power, Poverty and Perception

Water Sustainability – Power, Poverty and Perception

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More people of wealth and wherewithal are waking up to the shared and common goal of preserving our planet, our species, and all living things. It is my view that privately held, socially conscious and engineered companies can energize change and bring solution and sustenance to the end user. In…

What We Don’t Know is Staring Us in the Face

What We Don’t Know is Staring Us in the Face

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Water borne diseases and cancer causing chemicals are in water supply systems all over the world. Developing countries struggle with developing basic infrastructure. Developed countries have aging systems. Author emphasizes a new approach to water management.…

Second Order Change in Agricultural Sustainability: Bedouins in Israel

Second Order Change in Agricultural Sustainability: Bedouins in Israel

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A new model sustainability project has been launched in the desert east of the Dead Sea. It is a close collaboration between both Jewish and Arab communities in an effort to demonstrate cooperative efforts in agricultural and renewable resource management. …

Keep the Baby AND the Bath Water

Keep the Baby AND the Bath Water

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Many water delivery systems originate from the nineteenth century, repair and replacement issues are relatively widespread, especially in large urban areas. Herein lies a possible solution. The potential to combine attitude adjustment and ingenuity can derive significant results. For example, If fresh, clean ground water was regarded as precious in…

Gold Is Green

Gold Is Green

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Byproducts of inflation are debt, wild speculation and increased volatility – booms and busts. Most important from the environmental perspective is that monetary inflation results in persistent generalized increases in consumer prices. This creates a mindset of buy now before prices go up further - exactly what policy makers want.…

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