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The future of water finance in two lines or 127 pages

The High Level Panel on Infrastructure Financing for a Water-Secure World published its latest report this month. It is supposed to send a “wake-up call” for governments to commit to action.

I have a horrible feeling that they will continue to slumber on, not least because this kind of panel is always too wary of frightening the horses to say anything that...

California waves the red flag at big desal projects

Earlier this month the California State Water Resources Control Board adopted new standards for desalination intakes and outfalls. It is a new area of regulation in the US, and the State presumably felt that it wanted to take the lead with a gold standard of environmental protection which might be adopted all over the world, like its successful Title 22 water reuse...

Nine things I learned at the 2015 Global Water Summit

1) Water has a big future in the circular economy: Yachtswoman Ellen MacArthur seemed to come top of everyone’s list of favourite speakers at the event, but it wasn’t her frightening account of racing through the Southern Ocean to be the fastest solo sailor around the world that caught people’s imagination. It was what she did next: set up the Ellen...

An unusual dilemma: sex crimes and global warming

It looks like we lost a speaker for next week’s Global Water Summit in the Indian High Court this morning. Rajendra Pachauri, the former chairman of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, has been refused permission to travel while he is under investigation for alleged sexual harassment of a member of staff at the Energy and Resources Institute, where he...

The battle for desalination technology moves on

We are publishing our new Desalination Markets report today. It is the fourth edition of the report, but there has been a five-year hiatus since we last published anything this comprehensive on the subject. In part, that is because the market has been going in the wrong direction for the past five years, and I always prefer to publish reports on growing markets.

The...

Corporate water risk and burned-out wind turbines

I was in Johannesburg on Monday this week for a Water4Growth workshop with local industrial water users. We had a good turnout representing a cross-section of South African industry, including Eskom, Anglo American, Nestlé, and BMW. The idea of Water4Growth, which is an initiative of the Global Water Leaders Group, is to create a platform to engage industrial...