- Paperback: 200 pages
- Publisher: Polity; 1 edition (October 29, 2012)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0745650333
- ISBN-13: 978-0745650333
- Product Dimensions: 5.9 x 0.6 x 8.3 inches
- Shipping Weight: 9.9 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 13 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #677,908 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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"Feldman's useful and clear overview of the modern world of water makes a very strong case overall for the involvement of scientists and local people in planning."
"David Feldman has thoughtfully tackled one of the most important global issues of our time - water sustainability - by broadly integrating useful data and examples, clear and accessible writing, and systematic analysis of the problem's human dimensions, including environmental justice, privatization, conflict resolution, stewardship, and conservation."
Tony Arnold, University of Louisville
Doug Kenney, University of Colorado
"David Feldman demonstrates an impressive depth and breadth of knowledge of the functional, geopolitical and policy dimensions involved in dealing with water as a precious, multi-faceted natural resource in its contemporary context of a planet increasingly perceived under pressure."
Theo Toonen, Delft University of Technology
''Feldman innovatively reframes the issue of water management as an ethical challenge and gives the reader a good idea of how water management involves
the integration of various areas of human activity. Yet, the book’s most important
contribution lies in the the discussion beyond economic and political explanations and concentrates on the ethical and human rights aspects of water.''
Nick W. Verouden, Delft University of Technology
About the Author
David Lewis Feldman is professor and chair of planning, policy, and design at the University of California, Irvine.
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Due to the increasing scarcity of water, while demand continues to climb in todays' current culture; will soon have some level of impact on everyone that walks the planet. Three main water companies are buying up water sources (land), in an effort to profit. While this is only one minor point - it is a key to a bigger issue - does anyone have a "right" to own water? As a capitalist system, Americans and other industrial nations seem to think it that this type of allocation of resources is acceptable; after all, to the victor (owner) goes the spoils.
This book delves deeply into the many issues and questions, the citizens' of the world will have to answer.
The Chapters are:
1. Freshwater: Facts, Figures, and Conditions
2. Geopolitics and Sustainability
3. Threats to Freshwater
4. Who's in Control?
5. Water Ethics and Environmental Justice
Many recent issues and how they were handled are mentioned (salt water intrusion, cholera, Bolivian overthrow of privitization, and much more). Likewise, it examines how strategies impact the survival of man. Reclaimed water isn't much of a solution, the cosmetics, shampoo, detergent and prescription and non-prescription pills we excrete into the water supply gets into our soil! Other matters, such as that 10 nations in Africa all have access to the Nile River, what happens upstream effects all those who are downstream from the activity. A council exists that requires cooperation must be developed as well as an arbiter to monitor and punish those not following protocols.
As an example, Egypt ordered its rice farmers to conserve water by planting fewer acres - despite the nation's need for food.
"Economic globalization increasingly knits together products dependent on water (e.g., food, fiber, and fuels), thereby converting freshwater itself into a tradable commodity - and in ways that reach far beyond the borders of a single country."
This book is exceptional in its readability and presentation of the issues, problems and options to address the matters concerning those in a region. The bibilography is comprehensive and would provide great additional reading on select topics.
Fascinating read, if not a bit frightening.
Professor Feldman begins by sharing freshwater facts and figures including water's uneven distributions and conditions around the world. Economic growth is increasing demand while climate change is threatening supply. The author discusses at length how people must learn to do a better job of managing both the quantity and quality of freshwater supplies before a depleted and polluted environment severely constricts our choices in the future.
Professor Feldman illustrates how the geopolitics of freshwater plays in critical locations around the world. From the multiple U.S. states that cooperate on restoration of the Chesapeake Bay to international flash points including India/Pakistan, Israel/Palestine and elsewhere, professor Feldman studies how the various strategies to share and use water resources have produced mixed results. Importantly, we learn about the merits of private versus public control of water systems to help manage production and distribution of water as efficiently and equitably as possible.
On that point, professor Feldman is at his best when he discusses at length the issue of water ethics and environmental justice. The idea that freshwater is a basic human right should guide us towards solutions that seek to fairly reconcile competing claims of both the powerful and the weak including poor and indigenous communities, professor Feldman suggests. We understand how conservation, re-use and desalination might be attractive options for the wise use of water resources. Ultimately, the author is hopeful that people will work peaceably to achieve water equity for the benefit of those living today as well as future generations.