Water Atlas: A Unique Visual Analysis of the World's Most Critical Resource / Edition 1

Water Atlas: A Unique Visual Analysis of the World's Most Critical Resource / Edition 1

by Robin Clarke, Jannet King
     
 

ISBN-10: 1565849078

ISBN-13: 9781565849075

Pub. Date: 06/19/2004

Publisher: New Press, The

A comprehensive charting of the global water industry.

In the next ten minutes, forty children around the world will have died because they didn't have enough clean water or sanitation facilities.

In the world today, over a billion people lack safe drinking water. As tension mounts between states competing for diminished supplies of "blue gold," the global

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A comprehensive charting of the global water industry.

In the next ten minutes, forty children around the world will have died because they didn't have enough clean water or sanitation facilities.

In the world today, over a billion people lack safe drinking water. As tension mounts between states competing for diminished supplies of "blue gold," the global water industry is expected to become a trillion-dollar-a-year operation within a decade.

Up until now, no single publication has given shape and meaning to statistics about water use, re-use, and control. With a range of maps of startling clarity and richness of detail, The Water Atlas brings together the latest findings to show water distribution worldwide, the real cost of use in water-rich countries, and the dangers of a future where privatization and profit dictate availability. The atlas covers a wide range of topics, from consumption and scarcity to areas of political tension and looming catastrophes. Including detailed profiles of vulnerable regions—such as California, the Middle East, and India—as well as bold summaries of the global picture, The Water Atlas will be a unique resource for general readers as well as health professionals, advocates, and students.

Author Biography: Robin Clarke is the editor of the World Meteorological Organization's World Climate News and was the editor of the United Nations Environment Program's flagship publication Global Environment Outlook in 2000 and 2002. He is also the author of Water: The International Crisis, The Science of War and Peace, We All Fall Down, The Challenge of the Primitives, and Science and Technology in World Development.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781565849075
Publisher:
New Press, The
Publication date:
06/19/2004
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
127
Product dimensions:
7.46(w) x 9.68(h) x 0.34(d)

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Table of Contents

Preface9
Introduction11
Acknowledgements15
About the authors17
Part 1A Finite Resource18
Fresh Out of Water20
More People, Less Water22
Rising Demand24
Robbing the Bank26
Part 2Uses and Abuses28
Water at Home30
Water for Food32
Irrigation34
Agricultural Pollution36
Water for Industry38
Industrial Pollution40
Water for Power42
The Damend44
Part 3Water Health46
Access to Water48
Sanitation50
Dirty Water Kills52
Harbouring Disease54
Insidious Contamination56
Part 4Re-shaping the Natural World58
Diverting the Flow60
Draining Wetlands62
Groundwater Mining64
Expanding Cities66
Desperate Measures68
Floods70
Droughts72
Part 5Water Conflicts74
The Need for Co-Operation76
Pressure Points78
Weapon of War80
Part 6Ways Forward82
The Water Business84
Conserving Supplies86
Setting Priorities88
Vision of the Future90
Part 7Tables92
Needs and Resources94
Uses and Abuses102
Glossary111
Useful conversions112
Useful sources113
References115
Index125

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