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An indispensable guide to a vital issue. - Scientific and Medical Network Review.

Visually ingenious. - OXFAM Development Resources Review.

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Water is our most vital resource. The growing demands made by an increasing number of people adopting urban lifestyles and Western diets, coupled with a changing and less predictable climate, are putting pressure on the planet’s freshwater supply as never before. By 2025, four billion people may be living in conditions of water stress. And, even where water is plentiful, the poor are unlikely to have ready access to a safe, cheap supply.

Completely updated, the new edition of this groundbreaking atlas maps the competing claims on limited water supplies – made by farmers, industrialists and householders – and investigates the uses and abuses of the resource, as well as the vexed question of how it can be equitably managed. Highly visual and graphically stimulating, this Atlas maintains this series reputation for making complex issues and data accessible.

Topics include: water shortages, excessive demands, climate impacts, water footprints, conflict and co-operation, dam construction, pollution, fragile ecosystems, access to water and sanitation, water pricing and privatization, integrated water management.

In a new article for Positive News, Maggie Black, author of The State of the World’s Water, explains how water shortage can spark innovation Read more.

About the Author:

Maggie Black has written on international issues, including for UNICEF, WaterAid and the Global Water Partnership. Her books include: Water: A Matter of Life and Health (with Rupert Talbot), Water Life Force, The NoNonsense Guides to Water and International Development (New Internationalist), and The Last Taboo: Opening the Door on the Global Sanitation Crisis with Ben Fawcett (Earthscan 2008).

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ISBN-13: 978-1-78026-373-1
Dimensions: 245mm x 190mm
Format: Paperback
Page extent: 160 pages
Publication date: November 2016

Date added: July 7, 2016

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