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Water Planet : The Culture, Politics, Economics, and Sustainability of Water on Earth (Hardcover)

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Through case studies, documents, and essays, this volume examines the role of water in culture, politics, social life, and sustainability. The 12 chapters consider water and climate change issues, including the impacts of greenhouse gas emissions since the Industrial Revolution, the increase of arid/water-stressed zones, water conflicts, climate equity for small island societies, and the need for climate change adaptation measures, as well as links to population growth, economic development, energy, agricultural and industrial development, and disruption of the water cycle on a global scale; integrated water management and water as a public good or commodity; and threats and conflicts in ocean, coastal, and island environments due to pollution, acidification, coral reef destruction, tourism, overfishing, seabed mining, oil exploration, and lack of enforcement of international laws. Other chapters address ocean and sea governance rules, people and drug trafficking, piracy, and threats to peace and stability caused by competition for water; the foundation of water for social and economic life and its significance for the expansion of human settlements, including the overexploitation of water for economic areas, water access and privatization, public health risks, the rise of the bottled water industry, water consumption levels around the world, clean water, technologies to conserve it, problems in African cities, and water in California; the role of water for exploration, warfare, land grabs, colonial expansion, the slave trade, the growth of trade linkages, in the generation of energy and controversies over megadams, and in cultural, religious, and spiritual life; gender issues in water collection, distribution, allocation, and ownership rights; and possible ways to cope with water management problems. Contributors work in geography and other fields in the US, Australia, Canada, and Europe. Annotation ©2016 Ringgold, Inc., Portland, OR (

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