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May 17th 2012:The Global Business and Politics of Water: A Crisis of Supply? Or a Crisis Born of Bad Management and Poor Policy Choices?

“The so called global water crisis is really a crisis of water management and water finance,” says this week’s guest, renowned international environmental expert, Albert F. (Al) Appleton. Having worked on water resource management and sustainable development on 6 continents, Al knows how groundwater is mismanaged worldwide. Water is underpriced in all uses—and therefore it’s often wasted. The tradeoffs of water use in agriculture and energy production (as in shale gas fracking) have not been subjected to rigorous cost benefit analyses. Water infrastructure is underfinanced, water management

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Albert F. (Al) Appleton Appleton

Albert F. (Al) Appleton is an international environmental consultant with interlocking expertise in water resource and utility management, watershed protection, and infrastructure and public finance. His consulting work on water resource management and sustainable development spans six continents. He is an Adjunct Associate Professor at the Cooper Union (NYC), teaching the economics of sustainability and focusing on developing investment strategies for green energy, green jobs and regional environmental restoration. He is also a Director of Revett Minerals Inc., a western mining company that is profitably reorganizing its operations around green mining practices. During the early 1990s, he
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