Wednesday, August 31, 2011

Webinar inspired by the recent WASH Sustainability Charter


The Test of Time:
A Tour of Practical Tools and Methods for
Post-Implementation Monitoring

Thursday, September 15, 11:00 am – 12:00 pm EDT


upcoming opportunities with blueEnergy

I wanted to spread the news about an SEI workshop and volunteer opportunities with blueEnergy, an NGO working on the Caribbean coast of Nicaragua. I've done one workshop with SEI in Carbondale, CO - a great group of people doing important work!

Monday, August 29, 2011

select review articles planned for Nov 2011 issue of ARER

Reducing Emissions from Deforestation and Forest Degradation
Arun Agrawal, Daniel C. Nepstad, and Ashwini Chhatre

The Political Ecology of Land Degradation
Elina Andersson, Sara Brogaard, and Lennart Olsson

Transportation and the Environment
David Banister, Karen Anderton, David Bonilla, Moshe Givoni, and Tim Schwanen

Agency, Capacity, and Resilience to Environmental Change: Lessons from Human Development, Well-Being, and Disasters
Katrina Brown and Elizabeth Westaway

State of the World's Freshwater Ecosystems: Physical, Chemical, and Biological Changes
Stephen R. Carpenter, Emily H. Stanley, and M. Jake Vander Zanden

Coal Power Impacts, Technology, and Policy: Connecting the Dots
Ananth P. Chikkatur, Ankur Chaudhary, and Ambuj D. Sagar

Energy Poverty
Lakshman Guruswamy

Water and Energy Interactions
James E. McMahon and Sarah K. Price

Global Forest Transition: Prospects for an End to Deforestation
Patrick Meyfroidt and Eric F. Lambin

Improving Societal Outcomes of Extreme Weather in a Changing Climate: An Integrated Perspective
Rebecca E. Morss, Olga V. Wilhelmi, Gerald A. Meehl, and Lisa Dilling

Energy Intensity of Agriculture and Food Systems
Nathan Pelletier, Eric Audsley, Sonja Brodt, Tara Garnett, Patrik Henriksson, Alissa Kendall, Klaas Jan Kramer, David Murphy, Thomas Nemecek, and Max Troell

Ocean Circulations, Heat Budgets, and Future Commitment to Climate Change
David W. Pierce, Tim P. Barnett, and Peter J. Gleckler

Agroecology: A Review from a Global-Change Perspective
Thomas P. Tomich, Sonja Brodt, Howard Ferris, Ryan Galt, William R. Horwath, Ermias Kebreab, Johan H.J. Leveau, Daniel Liptzin, Mark Lubell, Pierre Merel, Richard Michelmore, Todd Rosenstock, Kate Scow, Johan Six, Neal Williams, and Louie Yang

Management and Governance of Soils, Agricultural Lands, Forests, and Rangelands for Greenhouse Gases
Josep Canadell

Adaptation of Coupled Human and Natural Systems
Jianguo Liu

State of the World's Non-Fuel Mineral Resources: The Role of Sustainable Development in Mineral Supply and Demand
Mary M. Poulton, Luke J. Danielson, and Dirk Van Zyl


Friday, August 26, 2011

Poop & paddle

Have a great weekend everyone!


Water for People is looking for a parent organization to scale up their FLOW platform. FLOW allows real-time sharing of information on the operation and maintenance needs of rural water supply systems. Seems like a very promising idea!

Thursday, August 25, 2011

SCIENCE POLICY: Changing Incentives to Publish

An interesting article that shows how different types of incentives impact the number of article submitted--and ultimately published--in Science magazine.

"Our research suggests that government-initiated incentives to publish are associated with increases in submissions and publications at the country level. Career incentives are positively correlated not only with submissions but also with publications, which suggests that they encourage faculty to submit their best work to Science. Institutional incentives are correlated with submissions but not with publications. Cash incentives appear to encourage submission of research regardless of quality, as suggested by correlation with lower acceptance rates."

author list:
C. Franzoni
G. Scellato
P. Stephan

Monday, August 22, 2011

New funding sources

The Gates Foundation is often credited with shaping the direction of the WASH sector, but there are several lesser-known grant-makers that also cater to the general public:

A NY Times article on Fenix International and the Eureka Fund:

Tuesday, August 2, 2011

FELLOWSHIP: Human-Centered Design Innovation Lab Fellow

Interested in designing extremely affordable innovations to tackle problems that are of life-and-death importance?

We are building the first Human-Centered Design Innovation Lab in Cambodia. And we need you to help us launch it. IDE is looking for a Design-Thinker, with 2-4 years experience in mechanical engineering and product development. You will be the lead mechanical engineer on a multi-disciplinary team, based in Phnom Penh for a 1-year Fellowship.

This is an opportunity to work on real-world problems alongside a close-knit, international, top-calibre team. You’ll wear many hats, including that of a coach, to grow HCD in Cambodia. You will have a rich experience that will touch the lives of those who most need life-changing opportunities. And at the end of the year, if we see a mutual fit, you’ll be offered an opportunity to stay on as full-time Leader at the innovation-Lab.

For full details, including how to apply, please download the position description at