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Anthony M. Watanabe

New Water Math: Efficiency 2.0 = Sufficiency 1.0 (Part 2)

July 19, 2012 - 9:33 am

William Stanley Jevons. For all the sexiness surrounding it, “efficiency” is a relative term. It speaks to the relationship between an input and an output. The input could be money, time, energy, water, and a host of other things. The output usually links to some sort of economic good, a product...

Tags: blue economy, efficiency, Jevons paradox, sufficiency, Thomas Princen, University of Michigan

New Water Math: Technology + Policy = Ecology (Part 1)

June 4, 2012 - 8:05 am

"If you're not pissing someone off, you're probably not innovating." While some observers might like to attribute this quote to the late Steve Jobs, in fact it comes from a recent article published in the Harvard Business Review (May 4, 2012). The idea: if what you're designing and deploying is not upsetting...

Tags: Brenda Lucas, FedDev, IBM, Larry Moore, Nicholas Parker, Southern Ontario Water Consortium, SOWC, Walkerton Clean Water Centre, Water Opportunities and Water Conservation Act, Water Technology Acceleration Project, WaterTAP, WCWC

Feeding a Thirsty World

March 12, 2012 - 11:29 am

“The world is thirsty because we are hungry.” Such is the tagline for World Water Day, set for March 22. With a focus on Food Security, the United Nations is highlighting how water is connected to much wider economic and societal issues. And the UN is not alone. A new study, titled Global Monthly...

Tags: food security, pollution, water security, World Water Day

Democratizing Data to Build a Blue Future

February 2, 2012 - 10:23 am

This guest column is part of Building Our Blue Future, a monthly web series that narrates Canada’s water story as it happens. In 2003, Don Tapscott published a book called The Naked Corporation, which declared that the boundary-less immediacy of the Internet would expose business practices and radically...

Tags: Alberta, Alberta Environment and Water, Aqueduct Project, Building Our Blue Future, CDP Water, data, Don Tapscott, National Roundtable on the Environment and the Economy, NRT, NRTEE, oil sands, Oil Sands Information Portal, OSIP, report, river flows, The Naked Corporation, Water Canada, water quality, Water's Next, WEHUB, World and Environmental Hub, World Resources Institute

Chapter 1

January 2, 2012 - 1:43 pm

This guest column launches Building Our Blue Future, a monthly web series that will narrate Canada’s water story as it happens. The column also appears in the January/February 2012 issue of Water Canada. Canada is blessed with freshwater resources. These resources provide essential services such...

Tags: Anthony Watanabe, Building Our Blue Future, Canadian Water Summit, FutureBrand, Innovolve Group

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