IAMA Water economist here to talk with you about dirty drinking water, floods, droughts, food security, climate change, etc. AMA!
19:15 UTC Ok folks, I am outta here.
If you just showed up, you can learn a lot from the questions -- and hopefully my replies :)
If you want to think more about water or the commons, then see my books (free to download) below. If you're REALLY into my random curiosities, then check out my Jive Talking podcast or my newsletter (if you can find it!)
I don't make any money from this stuff. I've got a salary as a professor :)
I have done seven (!) AMAs over the years, usually triggered by a surge of stories related to water problems. Here's my last one from Sep 2021.
This year has seen floods in Pakistan, dirty tap water in Jacksonville, record droughts in Europe, the (ongoing) mega-drought in the Western US, and more...
I started blogging on water in 2007, and have written two books on the political economy of water. My 2014 Living with Water Scarcity is free to download from here.
Why "political economy"? Because political water should be shared as a common good* (e.g., water in the environment) while economic water should be managed with prices (drinking water) and markets (irrigation water). Water can pass between political (or social) and economic uses, which complicates everything.
- I published The Little Book of the Commons in 2022. I wrote it because water -- and many other elements of civilization -- exist in a commons ("everyone can use but nobody owns"). It's free to download from here.
Proof: Here's my proof!