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

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Overview

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: 6/19/2004
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 127
  • Product dimensions: 7.46 (w) x 9.68 (h) x 0.34 (d)

Table of Contents

Pt. 1 A finite resource 18
Fresh out of water 20
More people, less water 22
Rising demand 24
Robbing the bank 26
Pt. 2 Uses and abuses 28
Water at home 30
Water for food 32
Irrigation 34
Agricultural pollution 36
Water for industry 38
Industrial pollution 40
Water for power 42
The damned 44
Pt. 3 Water health 46
Access to water 48
Sanitation 50
Dirty water kills 52
Harbouring disease 54
Insidious contamination 56
Pt. 4 Re-shaping the natural world 58
Diverting the flow 60
Draining wetlands 62
Groundwater mining 64
Expanding cities 66
Desperate measures 68
Floods 70
Droughts 72
Pt. 5 Water conflicts 74
The need for co-operation 76
Pressure points 78
Weapon of war 80
Pt. 6 Ways forward 82
The water business 84
Conserving supplies 86
Setting priorities 88
Vision of the future 90
Pt. 7 Tables 92
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