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  • Water |
  • August 26, 2015
Why Water Is More Important To Iran’s Future Than Oil

It’s the water that will determine Iran’s future, and not it’s oil and gas. What’s worse, the current drought, which stretches back more than two decades, shows no signs of letting up. The World Resources Institute projects a 20 percent decrease in water supply across much of Iran toward 2040. Conversely, it sees demand rising by as much as 70 percent in that time.

California Water Wars Escalate: State Orders Farmers To Stop Pumping

The State Water Resources Control Board issued the cease and desist order Thursday against an irrigation district in California’s agriculture-rich Central Valley that it said had failed to obey a previous warning to stop pumping. Hefty fines could follow. The Water Wars are just beginning and, it appears, with big oil still exempt, the small businessman and average joe face the costs.

  • Water |
  • September 8, 2014
Clean Water, Scarcity, and Market Prices

When we fail to understand the basics of scarcity & prices, we are left with current & dominant view of water in which everyone owns it & action to maintain it can only be undertaken communally. Why is it that we have too much dirty water in one place, not enough in another & yet be surrounded by an abundance of bottled water?

Is Water the next Natural Resource to be Exploited by the Market?

Turning water into an economic commodity & making money from water? Is this what Wall Street wants next? At the forefront of this firestorm is Peter Brabeck, chairman & former CEO of Nestle. In his view, citizens don’t have an automatic right to more than the water they require for mere “survival”, unless they can afford to pay for it.

Pumping Groundwater in a Drought is Great, As Long As You Have It

Groundwater decline shocked researchers who conclude that the combination of less surface & groundwater poses a significant threat to the long-term water security of the region. Counting things tends to provide a sense of how much you have; and knowing how much you have tends to provide incentive for taking better care of them.

California Regulators Clamp Down On Water Waste

California regulators are starting to clamp down on water waste & about 60 California cities and agencies have imposed mandatory water-use cutbacks, some as high as 50%. Some residents are angry about the crackdown. There isn’t much choice – It’s either do it or you die.

Water Situation In Las Vegas "Is As Bad As You Can Imagine"

Las Vegas gets just four inches of rain in a good year & in the first four months of 2014 there was just 0.31 of an inch, but still uses 219 gallons of water per person per day, the highest figures in the US. Unless it can find a way to get more water from somewhere Las Vegas is out of business. Yet they’re still building, which is stupid.

Profit from the Hunt for “Blue Gold” - Water

We’re already seeing the powerful effects of these water shortages in several stocks and commodities. Rising coffee prices this year due to dry weather in South America is just one example that’s hitting you right in the wallet. If you’re paying, you might as well bank some gains along the way.

Detroit city shuts off Water for thousands

Detroit’s water department said it would begin shutting off water for up to 3,000 homes & businesses a week in an attempt to stop the utility from sliding even further into debt. Detroit’s water utility keeps raising rates as it falls further into debt; nearly half of customers are behind on payments.

25 Shocking Facts About The Earth’s Dwindling Water Resources

Hundreds of millions of people living in North Africa, the Middle East, India and parts of China already deal with severe water shortages as part of their daily lives. But this is just the beginning. If nothing is done, the lack of fresh water will eventually be deeply felt by nearly everyone on the entire planet.

One Index Finally Makes Water a Great Investment

Water Shortages Pose Growing Risk for American Companies – You’d think water would be a compelling investment theme. And you’d be right. Water has taken a back seat to virtually every other resource in the battle for private investment dollars. When will water investing’s moment arrive… and fulfill its immense potential?

Water - Essential for Life; But is it Good for a Portfolio?

It is undeniable that the provision of safe water systems is a crucial and growing part of the infrastructure needs around the world. This requires tremendous investments by governments & private companies. This spending provides a great number of opportunities for companies, and investors.

What Water Trends Should We Play? -- Summit Global

Stresses of weather events exacerbate water supply issues to industries. Making water investments now is exploiting what I believe to be an inevitable transition to less-subsidized, higher-priced water. Investments in infrastructure & technology to guarantee water safety could be a big trend.

Will California Drought Create Opening In Water?

California is in one of the worst droughts since records began in the 1850s’. Water stress in the western states will increasingly open up opportunities in this sector for investors. If there is a move to a market-priced water system, investors may have more opportunities to enter the sector.

  • Water |
  • December 6, 2013
Why Water Will Soon Become More Valuable Than Oil

If you think that an energy shortage is bad, it will pale in comparison to the next water crisis. So investment in fresh water infrastructure is going to be a great recurring long-term investment theme.

  • Water |
  • October 15, 2013
Rickards Real Cost Water Index™ Calculated by IBM

Waterfund and IBM are developing the Rickards Real Cost Water Index™ (WCI) to benchmark the true cost of water production in individual geographic areas, which includes operating, capital, and “hidden economic” costs.

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