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  • Edition: 1st
  • Format: Hardcover
  • Copyright: 2012-10-29
  • Publisher: Polity

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Water is our planet's most precious resource. But must the cost of potable water become prohibitively expensive for the poor - especially when supplies are privatized? In answering these and other pressing questions, the book shows how control of freshwater operates from individual watersheds near cities to water contested by entire countries. a new title in Politys 'Resources series - a range of short, accessible books designed to introduce readers to the geopolitical battles over the worlds most crucial resources. Examines key issues such as the impact of climate change on supply, water pollution, and efforts to privatize water supplies. Draws on a rich range of examples from the US, UK, China, Brazil, sub-Saharan Africa, and the Middle East. David Feldman is a leading expert in water resources management and policy, and his book will appeal both to students and to the interested general reader.

Author Biography

David Lewis Feldman is professor and chair of planning, policy, and design at the University of California, Irvine.

Table of Contents

  • List of Figures and Tables
  • 1. Freshwater: Facts, Figures, Conditions
  • 2. Geopolitics and Sustainability
  • 3. Threats to Freshwater
  • 4. Who's in Control?
  • 5. Water Ethics and Environmental Justice
  • Notes
  • Selected Readings
  • Index

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