Category Archives: Water

No Flood Insurance Subsidy for New UK Homes

A scheme to reduce the cost of insurance for UK homes at risk of flooding comes into effect today.  Some of the details can be criticised, but the exclusion from the scheme of new homes is absolutely right. Flooding in … Continue reading

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Water: a Commodity AND a Human Right

The European Union has established a procedure for citizens’ initiatives.  The first such initiative to meet the threshold of 1 million signatures asks the EU to legislate to implement the human right to water, and to promote the public provision … Continue reading

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Groundwater Extraction and Sea-Level Rise

The global consequences of groundwater extraction have received less attention than many other environmental issues.  Here are the main points, in Question and Answer form. Does groundwater extraction contribute to sea-level rise? Yes, at a global level.  A basic principle … Continue reading

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The Economics of Urban Rainwater

Lack of natural drainage in urban environments can lead to flooding and pollution.   Economics can help find appropriate solutions. There is a furore in Maryland, USA, where many residents will soon have to pay a “stormwater management fee” based on … Continue reading

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