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Water in Crisis

A Guide to the World's Fresh Water Resources

Edited by Peter H. Gleick

Publication Date - 26 August 1993

ISBN: 9780195076288

504 pages
8-1/2 x 11 inches


Among the most compelling environmental issues of today and tomorrow are those concerning the world's fresh water resources. Peter H. Gleick's important new volume, Water in Crisis, addresses the timely and sometimes controversial aspects of world water use. At stake are water quality, quantity, and possible future conflicts over shared international water resources. Nine essays by leading specialists from fields as diverse as hydrology, zoology, and law, among others, cover such issues as the status of developments in international water law; hydroelectric power; the possible effects of climatic change on water resources; and the state of fresh water fisheries. Particular chapters explore access to clean drinking water and sanitation; the use of water for energy and food production; the quality of rivers, lakes, and inland seas; and the condition of natural aquatic ecosystems. A joint project of the Pacific Institute and the Stockholm Environment Institute, this book is a comprehensive guide to the world's fresh water resources. Hydrologists, engineers, policy makers, professionals in the environmental sciences, as well as lay readers will find Water in Crisis a dynamic resource and information-packed reference. More than 200 tables of fresh water data supplement this important volume.

About the Author(s)

Peter H. Gleick is the Director of the Global Environment Program of the Pacific Institute for Studies in Development, Environment, and Security. Dr. Gleick has served on the Climate and Water Panel of the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) and co-chaired Working Group 2 of the Advisory Group on Greenhouse Gases (AGGG), sponsored by the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) and the World Meteorological Organization (WMO). Dr. Gleick received a John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation Research and Writing Fellowship in 1988 to explore the implications of global environmental changes for water and international security and currently directs programs at the Pacific Institute looking at a wide range of water resource problems and at the links between global environmental issues and international security.

Table of Contents

    Part I.
    1. An Introduction to Global Fresh Water Issues, P.H. Gleick
    2. World Fresh Water Resources, I.A. Shiklomanov
    3. Water Quality and Health, L. Nash
    4. Water and Ecosystems, A.P. Covich
    5. Water and Agriculture, S. Postel
    6. Water and Energy, P.H. Gleick
    7. Water and Economic Development, M. Falkenmark and G. Lindh
    8. Water, Politics, and International Law, S.C. McCaffrey
    9. Water in the 21st Century, P.H. Gleick
    Part II.
    Over 200 Tables of Fresh Water Data.