Water governance in the Anthropocene

Here is a lecture by Claudia Pahl-Wostl, a name those in the academic community on water research will be familiar with. I’m in La Crosse, Wisconsin looking out at the Mississippi and very much looking forward to the Water Ethics conference that begins tonight.

Ecomodernist’s announce manifesto for a “good Anthropocene”

Quite a few of the folks you might predict, and an interesting read, all available here.

James Wescoat: Climate, Energy, and Water-Conserving Design

Our Public Water Future: New book on the remunicipalisation of water

coverwaterFrom the book launch website:

The book is launched in the run-up to the World Water Forum in South Korea (12-17 April) and comes in the wake of Jakarta’s decision in March 2015 to annul its privatised water contracts citing the violation of the 9.9 million residents’ human right to water.

This is the largest remunicipalisation in the world, suggesting that water privatisation is running out of steam and the pendulum is swinging back in favour of a reinvigorated, accountable and sustainable public control of water.

The TNI book is co-published jointly with Public Services International Research Unit (PSIRU), Multinationals Observatory, European Public Services Union (EPSU) and the Municipal Services Project (MSP).

Key findings of the book

Water remunicipalisation refers to the return of previously privatised water supply and sanitation services to municipal authorities, and is also broadly used to refer to regional and national-level services in some cases.

Between March 2000 and March 2015, researchers have found:

  • 235 cases of water remunicipalisation in 37 countries, affecting over 100 million people
  • Number of cases doubled in the 2010-2015 period compared with 2000-2010
  • Cases are concentrated in high-income countries, with 184 remunicipalisations compared to 51 in low- and middle-income countries
  • The great majority have taken place in two countries: France (94 cases) and the US (58 cases)
  • Public water operators are joining forces within and across countries to facilitate the remunicipalisation process

From Jakarta to Paris, from Germany to the United States, this book draws lessons from this growing movement to reclaim water services. The authors show how remunicipalisation offers opportunities for developing socially desirable, environmentally sustainable and quality water services benefiting present and future generations. The book engages citizens, workers and policy makers in the experiences, lessons and good practices for returning water to the public sector.

Tim Ingold: The creativity of undergoing

James C. Scott: How Grains Domesticated Us

New book: Wildlife in the Anthropocene

image_miniI have posted to Jamie Lorimer’s work (Oxford, Geography) before, but the University of Minnesota Press just released his new book on Wildlife in the Anthropocene.

Here is the description and a talk previously given on the book:

In Wildlife in the Anthropocene, Jamie Lorimer argues that the idea of nature as a pure and timeless place characterized by the absence of humans has come to an end. Offering a thorough appraisal of the Anthropocene—an era in which human actions affect and influence all life and all systems on our planet—Lorimer unpacks its implications for changing definitions of nature and the politics of wildlife conservation.

Two new pieces on the Anthropocene

A couple of new articles – popular – on the Anthropocene, one in anticipation of Jedediah Purdy’s new book on the topic with Harvard University Press. Here is Purdy’s, which appeared in Aeon Magazine. It is mainly focused on politics “after” nature.

The second, written by Andreas Malm, is focused on the relations of capitalism and global change, and came out in Jacobin.