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How utilities can adapt cap and trade for water security

By Newsha Ajami   In 1990, the US established the world’s first ever pollution trading system, popularised as “cap and trade.” Governments sought a new way...

Can nutrient pollution markets bring aquatic ‘dead zones’ back to life?

By James Workman   In 2018 researchers estimated that humans annually emit a whopping 1.47 teragrams of phosphorus into major freshwater basins. That’s too fast for...

Trading agriculture’s most valuable asset

How private equity and water markets are forging new links between farm and city By Martin Doyle   Vince Vasquez spends an inordinate amount of time crisscrossing...

Hold back the waters – for cash?

From Australia to the US, cities are starting to embrace stormwater retention credit trading, or ‘catch and trade’ markets. By James Workman Extreme weather wreaks havoc...

Water markets come to town

Why city utilities are turning to new ‘tools of the trade’ to secure future flows By James Workman In June 2016, the northern California city of...

Trust in water markets must be earned

Risks and externalities demand careful and inclusive design By Nell Green Nylen and Michael Kiparsky With markets increasingly viewed as a preferred (or even the only)...

Efficiency follows equity

Australia’s experience shows how water markets can provide a useful response to escalating drought, if governments clearly define allocations in advance and ensure all...
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