The quality and availability of fresh water are of critical importance to human and ecosystem health. Given its central role in the functioning of all living systems, water is arguably the most important of all natural resources.
Produced biennially, The World's Water provides a timely examination of the key issues surrounding freshwater resources and their use. Each new volume identifies and explains the most significant current trends worldwide, and offers the best data available on a variety of water-related topics.
This 2004-2005 edition of The World's Water features overview chapters on: conservation and efficiency as key tools for meeting freshwater needs; bottled water quality, costs, and trends; United Nations millennium development goals; groundwater issues; case studies of water privatization; the economic value of water; California water policy and climate change.
The World's Water is the most comprehensive and up-to-date source of information and analysis on freshwater resources and the political, economic, scientific, and technological issues associated with them. It is an essential reference for water resource professionals in government agencies and nongovernmental organizations, researchers, students, and anyone concerned with water and its use.
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About the Author
Peter H. Gleick is president of the Pacific Institute for Studies in Development, Environment, and Security based in Oakland, California. He recently received the prestigious MacArthur Fellowship, the so-called "Genius Award," for his work on water issues.
Table of Contents
Foreword Introduction Chapter 1. The Millennium Development Goals for Water: Crucial Objectives, Inadequate Commitments \ Peter H. Gleick -Setting Water and Sanitation Goals -Commitments to Achieving the MDGs for Water -Consequences: Water-Related Diseases -Measures of Illness from Water-Related Diseases -Scenarios of Future Deaths from Water-Related Diseases -Conclusions -References Chapter 2. The Myth and Reality of Bottled Water \ Peter H. Gleick -Bottled Water Use and History Trends -The Price and Cost of Bottled Water -The Flavor and Taste of Water -Bottled Water Quality -Regulating Bottled Water -Comparison of U.S. Standards for Bottled Water and Tap Water -Other Concerns Associated with Bottled Water -Conclusions -References Chapter 3. Water Privatization Principles and Practices \ Meena Palaniappan, Peter H. Gleick, Catherine Hunt, and Veena Srinivasan -Update on Privatization -Principles and Standards for Water -Can the Principles Be Met? -Conclusions -References Chapter 4. Groundwater: The Challenge of Monitoring and Management \ Marcus Moench -Conceptual Foundations -Challenges in Assessment -Extraction and Use -Groundwater in Agriculture -The Analytical Dilemma -A Way Forward: Simple Data as a Catalyst for Effective Management -References Chapter 5. Urban Water Conservation: A Case Study of Residential Water Use in California \ Peter H. Gleick, Dana Haasz, and Gary Wolff -The Debate over California's Water -Defining Water "Conservation" and "Efficiency" -Current Urban Water Use in California -A Word About Agricultural Water Use -Economics of Water Savings -Data and Information Gaps -Indoor Residential Water Use -Indoor Residential Water Conservation: Methods and Assumptions -Indoor Residential Summary -Outdoor Residential Water Use -Current Outdoor Residential Water Use -Existing Outdoor Conservation Efforts and Approaches -Outdoor Residential Water Conservation: Methods and Assumptions -Residential Outdoor Water Use Summary -Conclusions -Abbreviations and Acronyms -References Chapter 6. Urban Water Conservation: A Case Study of Commercial and Industrial Water Use in California \ Peter H. Gleick, Veena Srinivasan, Christine Henges-Jeck, and Gary Wolff -Background to CII Water Use -Current California Water Use in the CII Sectors -Estimated CII Water Use in California -Data Challenges -The Potential for CII Water Conservation and Efficiency Improvements: Methods and Assumptions -Methods for Estimating CII Water Use and Conservation Potential -Calculation of Conservation Potential -Data Constraints and Conclusions -Recommendations for CII Water Conservation -Conclusions -References Chapter 7. Climate Change and California Water Resources \ Michael Kiparsky and Peter H. Gleick -The State of the Science -Climate Change and Impacts on Managed Water-Resource Systems -Moving from Climate Change Science to Water Policy -Conclusions -References Water Briefs Data Section Water Units, Data Conversions, and Constants