Water

The Epic Struggle for Wealth, Power, and Civilization

Author: Steven Solomon

Publisher: Harper Collins

ISBN: 0061994782

Category: History

Page: 624

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“I read this wide-ranging and thoughtful book while sitting on the banks of the Ganges near Varanasi—it's a river already badly polluted, and now threatened by the melting of the loss of the glaciers at its source to global warming. Four hundred million people depend on it, and there's no backup plan. As Steven Solomon makes clear, the same is true the world over; this volume will give you the background to understand the forces that will drive much of 21st century history.” —Bill McKibben In Water, esteemed journalist Steven Solomon describes a terrifying—and all too real—world in which access to fresh water has replaced oil as the primary cause of global conflicts that increasingly emanate from drought-ridden, overpopulated areas of the world. Meticulously researched and undeniably prescient, Water is a stunningly clear-eyed action statement on what Robert F Kennedy, Jr. calls “the biggest environmental and political challenge of our time.”
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Encyclopedia of the U.S. Government and the Environment

History, Policy, and Politics

Author: Matthew J. Lindstrom

Publisher: ABC-CLIO

ISBN: 1598842374

Category: Political Science

Page: 912

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Presents reference entries on the environmental policies of the United States, covering such items as legislation, treaties, common terms, companies, and environmental organizations.
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Pursuing Justice

Traditional and Contemporary Issues in Our Communities and the World

Author: Ralph A. Weisheit,Frank Morn

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 1317521838

Category: Political Science

Page: 248

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Pursuing Justice, Second Edition, examines the issue of justice by considering the origins of the idea, formal systems of justice, current global issues of justice, and ways in which justice might be achieved by individuals, organizations, and the global community. Part 1 demonstrates how the idea of justice has emerged over time, starting with religion and philosophy, then moving to the justice as a concern of the state, and finally to the concept of social justice. Part 2 outlines the very different mechanisms used by various nations for achieving state justice, including systems based on common law, civil law, and Islamic law, with a separate discussion of the US justice system. Part 3 focuses on four contemporary issues of justice: war, genocide, slavery, and the environment. Finally, Part 4 shows how individuals and organizations can go about pursuing justice, and describes the rise of global justice. This updated timely book helps students understand the complexities and nuances of a society's pursuit of justice. It provides students with the foundations of global justice systems, integrating Greek philosophies and major religious perspectives into a justice perspective, and contributes to undergraduate understanding of international justice bodies, NGOs, and institutions. New edition is completely updated and revised to achieve relevance for today's students Covers concepts of justice as well as ideas for pursuing and achieving justice Examines how our modern laws began, and traces their evolution to today's laws Presents concepts and issues in justice studies as well as a comparison of several systems of law Teaching resources include discussion questions and real-world examples
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International Conflict over Water Resources in Himalayan Asia

Author: R. Wirsing,C. Jasparro,D. Stoll

Publisher: Springer

ISBN: 1137292199

Category: Political Science

Page: 273

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The authors explore the fresh water crisis of Himalayan Asia. While the region hosts some of the world's mightiest rivers, it is also home to rapidly modernizing, increasingly affluent, and demographically multiplying societies, ensuring the rapid depletion of water resources and of disputes over ownership of transboundary waters.
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Resource Efficiency Complexity and the Commons

The Paracommons and Paradoxes of Natural Resource Losses, Wastes and Wastages

Author: Bruce Lankford

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 1134079311

Category: Nature

Page: 248

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The efficient use of natural resources is key to a sustainable economy, and yet the complexities of the physical aspects of resource efficiency are poorly understood. In this challenging book, the author proposes a major advance in our understanding of this topic by analysing resource efficiency and efficiency gains from the perspective of common pool resources, applying this idea particularly to water resources and its use in irrigated agriculture. The author proposes a novel concept of "the paracommons", through which the savings of increased resource efficiency can be viewed. In effect he asks; "who gets the gain of an efficiency gain?" By reusing, economising and avoiding losses, wastes and wastages, freed up resources are available for further use by four ‘destinations’; the same user, parties directly connected to that user, the wider economy or returned to the common pool. The paracommons is thus a commons of – and competition for – resources salvaged by changes to the efficiency of natural resource systems. The idea can be applied to a range of resources such as water, energy, forests and high-seas fisheries. Five issues are explored: the complexity of resource use efficiency; the uncertainty of efficiency interventions and outcomes; destinations of freed up losses, wastes and wastages; implications for resource conservation; and the interconnectedness of users and systems brought about by efficiency changes. The book shows how these ideas put efficiency on a par with other dimensions of resource governance and sustainability such as equity, justice, resilience and access.
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The Knowledge

How to Rebuild our World from Scratch

Author: Lewis Dartnell

Publisher: Random House

ISBN: 1448137381

Category: Science

Page: 352

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If the world as we know it ended tomorrow, how would you survive? A nuclear war, viral pandemic or asteroid strike. The world as we know it has ended. You and the other survivors must start again. What knowledge would you need to start rebuilding civilisation from scratch? How do you grow food, generate power, prepare medicines, or get metal out of rocks? Could you avert another Dark Ages, or take shortcuts to accelerate redevelopment? Living in the modern world, we have become disconnected from the basic processes and key fundamentals of science that sustain our lives. Ingenious and groundbreaking, The Knowledge explains everything you need to know about everything, revolutionising your understanding of the world. ‘A glorious compendium of the knowledge we have lost in the living...the most inspiring book I’ve read in a long time’ Independent ‘A terrifically engrossing history of science and technology’ Guardian http://the-knowledge.org/
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Water

Asia's New Battleground

Author: Brahma Chellaney

Publisher: Georgetown University Press

ISBN: 1626160120

Category: Political Science

Page: 400

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Describes the effect that Asia's exploding population will have on the supply of freshwater, discusses how the scarcity of this resource will give rise to territorial disputes and security implications and proposes strategies to avoid conflict and create equitable sharing.
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The Conscious Planet

Author: Neil M. Pine

Publisher: Xlibris Corporation

ISBN: 1479793574

Category: Self-Help

Page: 560

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The writing of this book was both a spiritual and intellectual journey. It took more than ten years to complete while having to be revised and updated constantly. Th is is no-holds-barred literature where the author says what he means and means what he says! He does not mintz his words. Th e Conscious Planet thinks outside the box and breaks all the rules of traditional thinking. Sometimes this information can be brutally honest or painfully real. Th is author is not trying to win any popularity contest. He tells it like it really is and doesn't care what anyone thinks! Th e Conscious Planet is what the government and big corporations who control it don't want you to know! It is the truth about the truth and nothing but the truth, so help me ! In the modern world, people only know what multinational corporations want them to know, not what they should know! and it is this tainted knowledge which is creating a society of pathetic drones, who like poor doomed sheep, are too busy just trying to survive to see that the wool is being pulled over their eyes while being led to slaughter! Because these corporate imperatives are being paid for at the expense of the future of mankind! Before you patronize any product, be conscious about what it's doing to your health, to the earth, and how it will aff ect future generations. Skeptics have warned the author that this book will receive nominal success, that it represents a small niche market, and not everyone would be interested in such literature. and in retort to this assertion, it should be acknowledged that yes, it is sadly true that not everyone would be interested in this book because the information herein may not pertain directly to their life or general well being. So in understanding, who would be interested in this book, let's narrow it down by eliminating the types of individual who would not directly benefi t: x 1. People who are immortal: Yes, these people might not care about this book: heck, if you were immortal, you might eat Twinkies and cheese-burgers all day long. 2. People who have another planet to live on: Th is is true: why would they care if the world goes to hell in a hand basket? See Ya! Well, lucky them: however, for the other seven billion people who inhabit the planet earth who are not immortal, and who don't have another planet to live on --then this book is absolutely the most important book they may ever read! Become a part of the Conscious Planet
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Ethical Water

Learning to Value What Matters Most

Author: Robert William Sandford

Publisher: Rocky Mountain Books Ltd

ISBN: 192685571X

Category: Nature

Page: 168

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Provocative, passionate and populist, RMB Manifestos are short and concise non-fiction books of literary, critical, and cultural studies. Fresh water is essential to both the ever-expanding human population and the ever-threatened natural landscapes that surround us. And yet, society seems to continually ignore the need for a common-sense approach to—and appreciation of—our freshwater resources and our consumption of this remarkable, life-giving substance that now exceeds its future availability. This ground-breaking and approachable work, by two of Canada’s most authoritative experts on water issues, redefines our relationship with fresh water and outlines the steps we as a society will have to take if we wish to ensure the sustainability of our water supply for future generations.
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