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Overview

Part of the Global Issues series, Freshwater Supply is designed to be a first-stop resource for research on a key challenge facing the world today. Each volume in the series contains three sections, beginning with an introduction that clearly defines the issue, followed by detailed case studies of the issue's affect in the United States and several other countries or regions. The second section draws together significant U.S. and international primary source documents, and the third section gathers useful research tools, such as brief biographies, facts and figures, an annotated bibliography, and more. A foreword written by an expert in the field complements each volume. A chronology, glossary, and index provide additional help.

While many are concerned about the world's shrinking oil supply, experts and scientists predict that the acquisition of water will soon supersede that of oil as a main source of international tension. Citizens of numerous countries already endure the hardships that come from the daily search for water. Yet water availability is only part of the struggle. The world's increasing population and industrialization are raising the level of pollutants and toxins, tainting water sources that could be used for consumption or agriculture.

Freshwater Supply investigates the increasing water crisis and outlines the inevitable political, environmental, and cultural ramifications of the issue. It offers case studies from the United States and four areas of current international concern: Bolivia; Egypt, Ethiopia, and Sudan; Israel, Jordan, and the Palestinian Territories; and India, Pakistan, and Bangladesh. Each case study also provides an assessment of counterstrategies to mitigate possible disaster, including global discussion and cooperation, desalinization of ocean water, recycling, and filtration.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780816078264
  • Publisher: Facts on File, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 2/1/2010
  • Series: Facts on File Global Issues Series
  • Pages: 368
  • Age range: 14 - 17 Years
  • Product dimensions: 6.32 (w) x 8.98 (h) x 1.14 (d)

Table of Contents

List of Maps, Graphs, and Tables x

Foreword Aaron T. Wolf xi

Acknowledgments xv

Metric Conversion xvi

Part I At Issue

Chapter 1 Introduction 3

The Issue 3

The Challenges 10

Counterstrategies 16

Chapter 2 Focus on the United States 21

The American West 24

The Great Lakes Region 38

Southeastern United States 46

Canada and Mexico 52

Chapter 3 Global Perspectives 60

Bolivia 61

Egypt, Ethiopia, and Sudan 68

Israel, Jordan, and the Palestinian Territories 81

India, Pakistan, and Bangladesh 89

Part II Primary Sources

Chapter 4 United States Documents 113

Chapter 5 International Documents 179

Bolivia 179

Egypt, Ethiopia, and Sudan 188

Israel, Jordan, and the Palestinian Territories 201

India, Pakistan, and Bangladesh 216

Part III Research Tools

Chapter 6 How to Research Freshwater Supply 247

Defining the Topic 247

Gathering Research Material 249

Evaluating Material 251

Citing Sources 252

Further Tips 254

Chapter 7 Facts and Figures 255

General 255

United States 256

Bolivia 262

Egypt, Ethiopia, and Sudan 263

Israel, Jordan, and the Palestinian Territories 264

India, Pakistan, and Bangladesh 266

Chapter 8 Key Players A to Z 270

Chapter 9 Organizations and Agencies 279

Chapter 10 Annotated Bibliography 289

General 289

United States, Canada, and Mexico 295

Bolivia 301

Egypt, Ethiopia, and Sudan 302

Israel, Jordan, and the Palestinian Territories 304

India, Pakistan, and Bangladesh 306

Chronology 309

Glossary 327

Index 335

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