The Water Atlas
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 regionssuch as California, the Middle East, and Indiaas 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.
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The Water Atlas: A Unique Visual Analysis of the World's Most Critical ResourceUser Review - Book Verdict
Water, water everywhere? Yes, but...as the authors of this atlas graphically demonstrate, even in water-rich areas of the world, clean water is a finite resource. And for one billion people--one-sixth of the world's population--fresh, clean water is virtually unavailable. Plentiful maps, graphs and tables illustrate the cycle of precipitation and condensation, the percentage of cropland watered by irrigation around the world and the way increasing use of chemicals in agriculture is destroying freshwater sources. A section called"Re-Shaping the Natural World" examines the destructive role of dams and other water systems, while another section looks at the potential for international conflict over scarce water resources in regions such as the already volatile Middle East. But, looking to the future, the authors (Clarke is an editor for the World Meteorological Organization and King has worked on many environmental atlases) don't see privatization and the market as offering more equitable water distribution. Water is a human right, not a commodity, they argue; they recommend"integrated water management and public participation" as the keys to solving the world's water problems. This concise atlas is a useful guide for students or anyone who wants to visualize the world's water supplies and their use and abuse.
Review: The Water AtlasUser Review - Fatma - Goodreads
This atlas would be a good choice for you if you are interested in information and statistics about WATER RESOURCES. Or if you are going to write a project or a paper about WATER issues then it would be an ideal reference in your bibliography. Read full review