Showing posts from January, 2013

Desalination Fail (PR wise)


I've expressed great enthusiasm for desalination as one of the technological end runs we might make on water fickle Mother Nature.

YaleGlobal Online (yep, published by Yale) takes a pretty hard anti-desalination position with:

Desalination is not a solution to freshwater shortages being reported by many dry regions around the globe, including many sections of the United States. Adam Scow of Food & Water Watch argues that conservation of water is the better strategy and notes that “the technology is being pushed by private interests looking to profit from the sale of water while sticking the public with its high financial and environmental costs.” Desalination has high energy costs, and the leftover salt is a pollutant. He explains that about 80 percent of California’s water, for example, is used for agriculture purposes. Farmers could plan for efficient water use by using more care in selecting crops appropriate for their region’s climate and ecology. The United States an…