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Grazing the Non-Commons

Central Texas is having its worst drought in 50 years, and since May we have been limited to twice-a-week lawn watering. With things getting worse, on August 24 the limit goes to once per week. I’ll abide by the limit, but I’ll set my sprinklers to run longer each session than during the twice-a-week watering. Read More »



Debating the Future of Water

Photo: r-z If you’re looking to get your mind off the financial disaster and instead focus on another potential disaster — the worldwide water supply — you might want to check out The Economist‘s online debate on the subject. From The Economist: It’ll be a two-week long, Oxford-style online debate on the topic of the […] Read More »



Oil and Water: A Guest Post

David Zetland David Zetland, the S.V. Ciriacy-Wantrup Postdoctoral Fellow in Natural Resource Economics and Political Economy at U.C. Berkeley, blogged here earlier this week about the economics of water. This is his second of two posts on the subject. Oil and Water By David Zetland A Guest Post Over the past few months, newspapers, blogs, […] Read More »



The Economics of Clean Water: A Guest Post

David Zetland David Zetland is the S.V. Ciriacy-Wantrup Postdoctoral Fellow in Natural Resource Economics and Political Economy at U.C. Berkeley. He writes about the economics of water on his blog aguanomics and has recently appeared on Forbes.com and Fox Business News, discussing America’s “water crisis.” He has agreed to guest blog here this week. This […] Read More »



Is Water Too Cheap?

Levitt has blogged about how higher gas prices can be good for the country. Are higher water prices next? Mercatus Center economist David Zetland argues that California’s water supply problems are really just water pricing problems. He recently called for a new price structure that would punish water guzzlers and encourage conservation. Currently, Los Angeles […] Read More »



Say Goodbye to Bottled Water?

Elizabeth Royte‘s new book is called Bottlemania: How Water Went on Sale and Why We Bought It. I haven’t read it yet, but I gather that it ably summarizes the growing economic and environmental backlash against bottled water. So maybe the world is ready for the Xziex Atmospheric Water Generator, a tiny machine that makes […] Read More »