Global Water Index: Investments for Privatized Water

You may have heard the phrase S&P 500 floating around, background noise as you listen to the news. But if you are a person with even an inkling of interest in the stock market, you will know the S&P 500 is an index exhibiting stocks of the top 500 publicly owned companies primarily from the […]

Will water supply concerns overshadow the 2008 Summer Olympics in Beijing?

Over two million people are expected to visit Beijing this year for the Summer Olympic Games. In August, the population of the metropolis will crest 19 million souls. The arrival of so many visitors to China’s capital will result in exaggerated water use of 2.75 million cubic meters (2,229 acre-feet) a day or, in layman’s terms, enough […]

Singapore’s International Water Week 2008

Singapore is hosting International Water Week from June 23rd to June 27th of 2008. This first-annual event is to be held as a forum for “government officials, industry leaders and water specialists” to discuss policy, business, and water technology. Festivities of the week encompass a Water Trade Show, a Water Summit, and presentation of the […]

World Economic Forum 2008 Wraps Up with Water

Water was a major topic of conversation at the World Economic Forum 2008 (WEF) now coming to a close in Davos, Switzerland. At the forum, according to the Environmental News Service, Bill Gates announced a grant of $306 million dollars for development projects to help boost yields of crops for farmers in developing countries. It […]

Coca-Cola Encouraged to Close Plant in India

Research has just been released that suggests Coca-Cola (Coke) should close a bottling plant in water scarce Rajasthan, India. The Energy and Resources Institute of New Delhi issued the report on January 14, 2008. This report was completed in response to research last year showing high pesticide levels in Coca-cola drinks in India. The assessment […]

Drought Continues in Kashmir

The Kashmir region (India, China, and Pakistan) is hoping for additional precipitation in form of snow.  The region, while traditionally arid, has received little snow or rain over the past several months to replenish waterways. December 22nd commenced an annual season of 40-days known as “Chillai Kalan”, characterized with heavy snowfall and blustery temperatures. However, as of yet, this “Chillai Kalan” […]

Singapore: Water Technology Clearinghouse

Previously, on this water web-log, we have heard of Israel’s attempts to become the next “Silicon Valley” of water technology. Right on schedule, other investment minded countries are jumping on-board. Singapore has stepped-up with hopes of being a major water-technology provider for Asian countries, as reviewed on Earthtimes. The island of Singapore, south of Malaysia, […]

New Water Financier Scopes Markets in Gulf, India, and China

A large Saudi Company, among others, is staking it’s claim in the burgeoning enterprise of water investments. According to Arabian Business On-line, the joint venture is formed of two companies from Bahrain and Saudi Arabia. Starting with a minimal sum of $50 million dollars, the company has plans to finance water projects in arid areas […]

Water Commodity and Global Market Trading

Global market trades of water supplies seem a relative certainty as human populations grow, agricultural practices increase, and precipitation and snow-melt become more unpredictable. Investors are lining up to stake their claims. A recent article on the Times Online UK edition explains the likely scenario in an article entitled: Water whets the appetite of commodity […]

Short Film on Water Privitization

This film, produced by the World Development Movement (WDM), gives a brief overview of the water privatization throughout the world. It is called “Dirty Aid – Dirty Water” because as entities like the World Bank and the International Monetary Fund provided loans to developing countries, often times they did so with the stipulation that the […]

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