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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.

Book News Annotation:

Water is life, but as human lives grow in number and expectations, the amount of water that can sustain them shrinks. Gleick (Pacific Institute for Studies in Development, Environment and Security) examines this situation from the overall intentions of the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) on down to the bottle of water on supermarket shelves, concentrating on the situation in California. He and his contributors find inadequate commitment to the MDGs, resulting in diseases and death, confusing regulations about bottle water and tap water that may make tap water actually safer, privatization efforts that may or may not provide clean water, groundwater that exists in various jurisdictions under various conditions, and efforts to conserve residential and commercial water supplies. They close with information on changes in climate and how they should be considered in water policy. They include brief papers on the third World Water Forum, the human right to water, references linking water and climate, and security. They also include an extensive data section giving information on freshwater worldwide.
Annotation 2004 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)

Synopsis:

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.

Synopsis:

"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.

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

Product Details

ISBN:
9781559638128
Author:
Gleick, Peter H.
Publisher:
Island Press
Author:
Kiparsky, Michael
Author:
Haasz, Dana
Author:
Palaniappan, Meena
Author:
Hunt, Catherine
Author:
Pacific Institute
Author:
Wolff, Gary H.
Author:
Moench, Marcus
Author:
Srinivasan, Veena
Author:
Cain, Nicholas
Author:
Cain, Nicholas L.
Author:
Henges-Jeck, Christine
Author:
Gleick, Peter
Subject:
Natural Resources
Subject:
Water-supply
Subject:
Public Policy - Environmental Policy
Subject:
SCI081000
Subject:
Environmental - Water Supply
Subject:
Environmental Engineering-Water Supply
Edition Number:
REV
Edition Description:
Hardcover
Series:
World's Water
Publication Date:
20041131
Binding:
HARDCOVER
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Illustrations:
Y
Pages:
262
Dimensions:
11 x 8.5 in

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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.

"Synopsis" by , "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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