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Making risky decisions – Is it wise to invest in desalination plants for drinking water?

June 22, 2016

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plugholeA recent and welcome news release informed us that, following several years of severe drought in California, water supplies had recovered to the extent that state officials suspended state-wide restrictions on water use. Regulation of water use reverted to local authorities. During the drought, there had been repeated suggestions that hard-hit localities (San Diego was one) might consider investing in desalination plants. A common response was that California might be wise to take a hard look at Australia’s experience with large-scale desalination during its long-lived “millennium drought” several years earlier. John C. Bergstrom and Alan Randall explain. […]

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Going Dutch in flood management? – by Sander Meijerink and Dave Huitema

March 21, 2014

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flooding in the Somerset levels

photo credit: nicksarebi via Flickr cc

Yesterday we were reminded by the animated Google homepage that it was the first day of spring. As the days get longer and we experience more clement weather, it is easy to forget that only a matter of weeks ago we experienced the wettest weather in the UK for at least 250 years. Flooding inundated thousands of homes and caused at least £1bn of damage.

George Osbourne announced in his budget statement this week that £140m will be pledged to repairing damaged flood defences, but does this represent the best solution for ensuring better protection in the future? We asked Sander Meijerink and Dave Huitema, founding editors of the watergovernance blog, what we could learn from the Dutch approach to flood risk management.


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