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Bwoglines: Supply and Demand Edition

You fancy, huh?

Supply: of honey is not what it seems! (Food Safety News)

Demand: for water could lead to international tension in the coming years. (NYT)

Supply: of transplant organs in China will drop as the government discontinues the practice of taking them from inmates on death row. (BBC)

Demand: transparency in the administration. (Spec)

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BwogSalon: Consilience

Photo by Erica Bower

In BwogSalon, we feature smashing articles from our many niche campus publications. Today, we look at the most recent issue of Consilience, a Columbia-based online journal of sustainable development.

Name of Publication: Consilience: The Journal of Sustainable Development

Edition: Issue 7, Winter 2011/2012

Description: Consilience is a global, online publication, based at Columbia University, dedicated to promoting interdisciplinary dialogue on sustainable development. It brings students, researchers, professors, and practitioners from a variety of disciplines and geographical regions in direct conversation with each other. It has published research from over 20 countries, on all 6 inhabited continents.

Selected Article: Erica Bower, a sophomore in Columbia College, in her photo essay “Striving Towards a Sustainable Solution: Water and Community in Veron, Dominican Republic”, grapples with the difficulties of providing access to clean drinking water to migrant communities servicing the tourist industry, in the Dominican Republic. Read a selection…

Fireside Chat: DSpar Sacrifices Bathing for the Greater Good

Bwog’s Katheryn Thayer stopped by Sulzberger Parlor on Tuesday night to chat with DSpar about the world’s water problems.

DSpar, perhaps realizing that “water” is a broad topic of discussion for her first Fireside Chat of the year, passed around pictures of the overused, depleted Aral Sea and the arsenic-laced pumps in Bangladesh. She explained that these were some of the most extreme water-use case studies she encountered when she was doing research for a book about water use and management. The fact that she was doing this research while in business school was reflected by her opening question: How do we efficiently use something people have rarely been forced to associate with cost? (more…)