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Countdown to Zero: no water and no hope – but are there options?

February 20, 2018

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David Lewis Feldman looks at the impending Day Zero in Cape Town, and explores what this may teach other cities about potential water crises.

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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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Making Waves: entrepreneurs, social change and going for a swim – an interview with Rafael Ziegler

October 2, 2014

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“[T]here is nothing more difficult to carry out, nor more doubtful of success, nor more dangerous to handle, than to initiate a new order of things…” So wrote Machiavelli in 1532.  Social entrepreneurs today might be inclined to agree.  We talk to Rafael Ziegler, co-ordinator of the Social Entrepreneurship Research Plattform GETIDOS at Universität Greifswald and the Institute for Ecological Economy Research (IÖW), about entrepreneurism and the challenge of social change.

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