The World's Water 2004-2005: The Biennial Report on Freshwater Resources

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Island Press, 2004 M11 12 - 362 pages

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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Contents

Crucial
1
TWO The Myth and Reality of Bottled Water
17
THREE Water Privatization Principles and Practices
45
The Challenge ofMonitoring
79
A Case Study of Residential
101
A Word About Agricultural Water Use
107
Indoor Residential Summary
118
Residential Outdoor Water Use Summary
125
Two Steps Forward One Step
204
Three The Water and Climate Bibliography
228
Water Conflict Chronology
234
DATA SECTION
257
Data Table 2 Freshwater Withdrawals by Country and Sector
263
Data Table 3 Deaths and DALYs from Selected WaterRelated
272
Data Table 5 Aid to Water Supply and Sanitation by Donor
278
Data Table 6 Bottled Water Consumption by Country 1997 to 2002
280

A Case Study of Commercial
131
Water Use in California in 2000
138
SEVEN Climate Change and California Water Resources
157
WATER BRIEFS
189
Data Table 13 Irrigated Area Developed and Developing Countries
293
Data Table 19 Proportion of Species at Risk United States
311
COMPREHENSIVE TABLE OF CONTENTS
331
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About the author (2004)

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.

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