Paper $31.95 ISBN: 9781842777053 Published August 2006 For sale in North and South America only
Cloth $72.95 ISBN: 9781842777046 Published August 2006 For sale in North and South America only

Water under Threat

Larbi Bouguerra

Water under Threat

Larbi Bouguerra

Distributed for Zed Books

224 pages | 5.0625 x 7.8125 | © 2006
Paper $31.95 ISBN: 9781842777053 Published August 2006 For sale in North and South America only
Cloth $72.95 ISBN: 9781842777046 Published August 2006 For sale in North and South America only
This richly documented book asks the major questions about the enormously important political and geostrategic issue of water. Does water have a price? Is it a right or a need? Is there a water crisis? Will wars be fought over water? Should we be worried about water pollution? Can the available technological solutions keep it under control? It also provides some elements of an answer. It shows that the ways in which water is used and managed raise central issues about our lifestyle, our ethics, and our relationship to nature and the biosphere. It makes the case for a society that is more economical with water, and calls for global management of water resources in a spirit of solidarity, openness, and respect for the rules of democracy.
Contents
Introduction

Part 1: A Symbol and a Source of Fascination for Artists and Scientists
Chapter 1: Unparalleled Symbolism
Water, the driving force of Nature
Cosmologonies and religions
A symbolically charged element
An object of fascination for artists, poets and writers
The global water cycle and the biosphere: a strong link
Water, cities and architecture

Chapter 2: Science and Water: Research Continues
A banal substance?
Recent scientific findings

Part 2: Water as a Political Issue
Chapter 3: The Problem of Distribution and Management
A highly uneven distribution
Precious traditional techniques

Chapter 4: Geostrategy, Power and Struggles
Power Games
The Water Weapon

Chapter 5: Water and Conflicts
Hydropolitics
Internal wars
Water and the Israeli-Arab conflict

Chapter 6: A Painful Issue in Algeria
Resource pressure
The ambiguity of water
An emblematic case
Algeria is not the only case

Chapter 7: A Water Crisis?
Scarcity or mismanagement?
A man-made crisis?

Chapter 8: A Common Good Coveted by the Market
Water privatization in Britain
Water privatization has worsened the situation in the South
When politics gets mixed up in it
Privatization imposed on the South
Privatized water is more expensive
Is the state powerless?
The social treatment of water

Part 3: The Public Health Problem
Chapter 9: Water and Health
Water-related illnesses: like 300 Boeings crashing every day
A giant step: the chlorination of water
Bottled water: what a godsend for business!
The ravages of publicity
A lifestyle in question

Chapter 10: Pollution in Many Different Forms
Resource competition
The 'save water' watchword
Industrial pollution
Unsustainable development

Part 4: Issues of Ethics, Solidarity and Development
Chapter 11: The Question of Dams
Leader's pride and white elephants
Dams arouse people's passions

Chapter 12: Water and Development Ethics

Chapter 13: Reasons for Hope?


Further Reading
Index
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