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The World's Water: The Biennial Report on Freshwater Resources (World's Water)by Peter H. Gleick
Synopses & Reviews
The quality and availability of fresh water is of critical importance to human and ecosystem health. The World's Water 1998-1999 is a comprehensive reference on worldwide freshwater resources and the political, economic, scientific, and technological issues associated with them. It provides both detailed analysis of the most significant trends and events and the most up-to-date data available on water resources and their use. Chapters examine:
access to basic water requirements for drinking and sanitation
hydropower and dam construction
water and conflict
water and global climate change
international water institutions and activities.
The book features more than fifty charts, tables, and maps that present the most current data on a range of factors including: the availability and use of water; numbers of threatened and endangered aquatic species, dam and desalination capacity worldwide; trends in several devastating water-borne diseases; changes by region in global precipitation patterns since 1900; and much more.
To be published on a biennial basis, The World's Water will be an essential reference for water resources specialists with both government agencies and nongovernmental organizations, resource economists, planners, public policy and public administration experts, environmental lawyers, students and anyone concerned with water issues.
Book News Annotation:
In his first installment of this biennial publication, Gleick, director of the Pacific Institute for Studies in Development (an environmental research organization in Oakland, CA), details a range of water issues: the growing danger to human health from inadequate or unsafe water; the international security risks associated with water scarcity; and the effects of climate change on water resources. He then discusses international efforts to address these issues, developments in water law and policy, and his vision for the future. Annotation c. by Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
A comprehensive reference on worldwide freshwater resources and the political, economic, scientific, and technological issues associated with them, this book provides both detailed analysis of the most significant trends and events, and the most up-to-date data available on water resources and their use.
About the Author
Peter Gleick is president of the Pacific Institute for Studies in Development, Environment, and Security in Oakland, California. He received his Ph.D. from the Energy and Resources Group at the University of California, Berkeley and is the recipient of a MacArthur Foundation Research and Writing Grant in Peace and International Cooperation. In addition to his research activities, Dr. Gleick serves on the Global Environmental Change Committee of the American Geophysical Union, the Board of Directors of the International Water Resources Association, the Public Advisory Forum of the American Water Works Association, and the editorial boards of several scientific journals. He has published extensively on climatic change, water resources, and environmental policy. He is widely recognized as one of the world's leading experts on freshwater resources, and is a member of the Water Science and Technology Board of the U.S. National Academy of Sciences, and an Academician of the International Water Academy in Oslo, Norway. He was recently named by the BBC as a "visionary on the environment" in its Essential Guide to the 21st Century.
The Worldwater Website, developed by Peter Gleick, is dedicated to providing up-to-date water resources information and data, with connections to organizations, institutions, and individuals working on a wide range of global freshwater problems and solutions.
Other titles by Peter Gleick:
World's Water 2000-2001
World's Water 2002-2003
Table of Contents
The changing water paradigm — Water and human health — The status of large dams: the end of an era? — Conflict and cooperation over fresh water — Climate change and water resources: what does the future hold? — New water laws, new water institutions — Moving toward a sustainable vision for the earth's fresh water.
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