Synopses & Reviews
Produced biennially, The World's Water
is the most comprehensive and up-to-to date source of information and analysis on freshwater resources. Each new volume examines critical global trends and offers the best data available on a variety of topics related to water.
Volume 7 features chapters on U.S. water policy, transboundary waters, and the effects of fossil fuel production on water resources, among other timely issues. Water briefs provide concise updates on topics including bottled water, The Great Lakes Water Agreement, and water and security.
The World's Water is coauthored by MacArthur "genius" Peter H. Gleick and his colleagues at the world-renowned Pacific Institute. Since the first volume was published in 1998, the series has become an indispensable resource for professionals in government agencies and nongovernmental organizations, researchers, students, and anyone concerned with water and its use.
"Gleick, with help from other scientists, revisits some enduring issues in water around the world, and tackles some that have emerged over the past two years." Eithne O'Leyne
"I added the latest [volume] to my own library as soon as it was published."
About the Author
Dr. Peter Gleick is renowned the world over as a leading expert, innovator, and communicator on water and climate issues. He co-founded and leads The Pacific Institute in Oakland, celebrating its 25th anniversary in 2012 as one of the most innovative, independent non-governmental organizations in the fields of water and economic and environmental justice and sustainability.
Dr. Gleick's work has redefined water from the realm of engineers to the world of social justice, sustainability, human rights, and integrated thinking. His influence on the field of water has been long and deep: he developed the first analysis of climate change impacts on water resources, the earliest comprehensive work on water and conflict, and defined basic human needs for water and the human right to water--work that has been used by the UN and in human rights court cases. He pioneered the concept of the 'soft path for water,' developed the idea of "peak water," and has written about the need for a "local water movement."
Dr. Gleick received the prestigious MacArthur "genius" Fellowship and was named "a visionary on the environment" by the BBC. He was elected both an Academician of the International Water Academy, in Oslo, Norway and a member of the U.S. National Academy of Sciences. Wired Magazine featured Dr. Gleick as "one of 15 people the next President should listen to."
He received his B.S. from Yale University and an M.S. and Ph.D. from the University of California, Berkeley. Dr. Gleick serves on the boards of numerous journals and organizations, and is the author of many scientific papers and nine books, including the influential series The World's Water and Bottled and Sold: The Story Behind Our Obsession with Bottled Water, as well as A Twenty-First Century Water Policy.
Heather Cooley is Director of the Pacific Institute's Water Program. She conducts and oversees research on an array of water issues, such as the connections between water and energy, sustainable water use and management, and the hydrologic impacts of climate change.
Table of Contents
Foreword \ Robert Glennon
Chapter 1. Climate Change and Transboundary Waters \ Heather Cooley, Juliet Christian-Smith, Peter H. Gleick, Lucy Allen, and Michael Cohen
-Transboundary Rivers and Aquifers
-Managing Transboundary Basins
-Transboundary Water Management Policies and Climate Change
-Conclusions and Recommendations
Chapter 2. Corporate Water Management \ Peter Schulte, Jason Morrison, and Peter H. Gleick
-Global Trends that Affect Businesses
-Water-Related Business Risks
-Key Factors that Determine Extent and Type of Risk
-Risk and Impact Assessment
-Strategies for Improved Corporate Water Management
-Conclusion: A Framework for Action
Chapter 3. Water Quality \ Meena Palaniappan, Peter H. Gleick, Lucy Allen, Michael J. Cohen, Juliet Christian-Smith, and Courtney Smith
-Current Water-Quality Challenges
-Consequences of Poor Water Quality
-Moving to Solutions and Actions
-Mechanisms to Achieve Solutions
Chapter 4. Fossil Fuels and Water Quality \ Lucy Allen, Michael J. Cohen, David Abelson, and Bart Miller
-Fossil Fuel Production and Associated Water Use
-Fossil Fuels and Water Quality: Direct Impacts
-Impacts on Freshwater Ecosystems
-Impacts on Human Communities
Chapter 5. Australia's Millennium Drought: Impacts and Responses \ Matthew Heberger
-Water Resources of Australia
-Impacts of the Millennium Drought
-Responses to Drought
Chapter 6. China Dams \ Peter H. Gleick
-Dams in China
-Dams on Chinese International Rivers
-Exporting Chinese Dams
-Growing Internal Concern Over Chinese Dams
-International Principles Governing Dam Projects: The World Commission on Dams
Chapter 7. U.S. Water Policy Reform \ Juliet Christian-Smith, Peter H. Gleick, and Heather Cooley
-International Water Reform Efforts
-Common Themes and "Soft Path" Solutions
-A 21st Century U.S. Water Policy
Water Units, Data Conversions, and Constants