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Last Oasis: Facing Water Scarcity / Edition 2
     

Last Oasis: Facing Water Scarcity / Edition 2

by Sandra Postel
 

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ISBN-10: 0393317447

ISBN-13: 2900393317441

Pub. Date: 06/28/1997

Publisher: Norton, W. W. & Company, Inc.

As we approach the twenty-first century, we are entering a new era-an era of water scarcity. We have taken for granted seemingly endless supplies of water flowing from reservoirs wells, and diversion projects; access to water has been key to food security, industrialization, and the growth of cities. In this book from the Worldwatch Institute, Sandra Postel explains

Overview

As we approach the twenty-first century, we are entering a new era-an era of water scarcity. We have taken for granted seemingly endless supplies of water flowing from reservoirs wells, and diversion projects; access to water has been key to food security, industrialization, and the growth of cities. In this book from the Worldwatch Institute, Sandra Postel explains that decades of profligacy and mismanagement of the world's water resources have produced signs of shortages and environmental destruction. She writes with authority and clarity of the limits-ecological, economic, and political-of this vital natural resource. She explores the potential for conflict over water between nations, and between urban and rural residents. And she offers a sensible way out of such struggles. Last Oasis makes clear that the technologies and know-how exist to increase the productivity of every liter of water. But citizens must first understand the issues and insist on policies, laws, and institutions that promote the sustainable use of water.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
2900393317441
Publisher:
Norton, W. W. & Company, Inc.
Publication date:
06/28/1997
Series:
Worldwatch Environmental Alert Series
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
191

Table of Contents

An Illusion of Plenty
I Trouble on Tap - Signs of Scarcity - Engineering's Promise - Bread and Water - Paradise Lost - Hydropolitics - A World Heating Up
II Living Within Water's Limits - Thrifty Irrigation - Small-Scale Solutions - Wastewater No More - Industrial Recycling - Conserving in Cities
III Toward Water Security - Pricing, Markets and Regulations - A Water Ethic

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