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The Atlas of Water


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Table of Contents

Part I: A Finite Resource * Fresh Out of Water * Unequal Shares * Consumer Demand * Robbing the Bank * Part II: Uses and Abuses * Water at Home * Water for Food * Watering the Land * Growing Pollution * Making Water Work * Producing Pollution * Water for Power * The Dammed * Part III: Water Health * Water Quality * Water Access * Sanitation * Cycle of Disease * Harbouring Disease * Chemical Killers * Part IV: Reshaping the Natural World * Diverting the Flow * Draining Wetlands * Expanding Cities * Groundwater Mining * Desperate Measures * Floods * Droughts * Part V: Water Conflict * The Need for Cooperation * Pressure Points * Weapon of War * Part VI: The Way Forward * The Business of Water * Conserving Supplies * Setting Priorities * Visions of the Future * Index

About the Author

Robin Clarke is author of many books on the environment and was editor of UNEP's flagship publications Global Environment Outlook 2000 and 2002. Janet King has worked for many years editing and researching environmental, political, and historical atlases.


'Reading this book is engrossing.' Waterlines 'A striking new approach to cartography... no-one wishing to keep a grip on the reality of the world should be without these books' International Herald Tribune 'A companion volume to the equally excellent Atlas of Food... The format of text, maps, charts and diagrams enables a great deal of information to be presented concisely and attractively... This is an indispensable guide to a vital issue.' Scientific and Medical Network Review 'This colourful publication presents [water] issues in facts, figures, graphs and maps, and the result is a very attractive and useful book - Highly recommended' New Agriculturist 'This book is for young and old and essential for school libraries' Sherkin Comment 'This useful atlas should be on the desk of everyone concerned with the provision, conservation and optimal use of freshwater resources. It gives a wealth of information in comparatively few pages.' Mike Baker, World Meteorological Organization Bulletin 'This book is highly valuable for readers to gain wider knowledge particularly on the importance of water conservation, water equity and water democracy.' Bookshelf 'The book shows the importance of water globally and through specific regional examples - I would recommend schools purchase three or four copies.' Geographical Education 'This useful atlas should be on the desk of everyone concerned with the provision, conservation and optimal use of freshwater resources.' Bulletin of the World Metereological Organization '[A] crucial and timely atlas.'

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