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Updated with new material Every day, we hear alarming news about droughts, pollution, population growth, and climate change—which threaten to make water, even more than oil, the cause of war within our lifetime. Diane Raines Ward reaches beyond the headlines to illuminate our most vexing problems and tells the stories of those working to solve them: hydrologists, politician Updated with new material Every day, we hear alarming news about droughts, pollution, population growth, and climate change—which threaten to make water, even more than oil, the cause of war within our lifetime. Diane Raines Ward reaches beyond the headlines to illuminate our most vexing problems and tells the stories of those working to solve them: hydrologists, politicians, engineers, and everyday people. Based on ten years of research spanning five continents, Water Wars offers fresh insight into a subject to which our fate is inextricably bound.


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Updated with new material Every day, we hear alarming news about droughts, pollution, population growth, and climate change—which threaten to make water, even more than oil, the cause of war within our lifetime. Diane Raines Ward reaches beyond the headlines to illuminate our most vexing problems and tells the stories of those working to solve them: hydrologists, politician Updated with new material Every day, we hear alarming news about droughts, pollution, population growth, and climate change—which threaten to make water, even more than oil, the cause of war within our lifetime. Diane Raines Ward reaches beyond the headlines to illuminate our most vexing problems and tells the stories of those working to solve them: hydrologists, politicians, engineers, and everyday people. Based on ten years of research spanning five continents, Water Wars offers fresh insight into a subject to which our fate is inextricably bound.

16 review for Water Wars: Drought, Flood, Folly, and the Politics of Thirst

  1. 5 out of 5

    Ivan Kinsman

    One of the best researched books I have read on the water crisis afflicting many parts of the world. You often hear about how conflicts might start in the future over water, and Diane Ward's book helps to explain why. In too many places water is taken for granted and polluted or wasted, where in fact it should be treated as a precious resource. Of particular interest to me was the development of big dam projects and how these have been associated with both strong advantages and disadvantages. I r One of the best researched books I have read on the water crisis afflicting many parts of the world. You often hear about how conflicts might start in the future over water, and Diane Ward's book helps to explain why. In too many places water is taken for granted and polluted or wasted, where in fact it should be treated as a precious resource. Of particular interest to me was the development of big dam projects and how these have been associated with both strong advantages and disadvantages. I read this book as part of my current research into water harvesting techniques being used in Ethiopia to turn arid parts of the country - that are the result of man's actions - into fertile areas once again, mainly through agroforestry and water conservation methods.

  2. 5 out of 5

    Jake Smaje

    An interesting book in so far as it shows water management is complex and that large scale engineering projects generally create as many problems as they solve. These are often ecological, but also the potential for catastrophe. The book is very basic and I would only recommend it for someone trying to develop a basic knowledge of water related infrastructure. The points made are often simple, with little referencing or broader discussion. It is work done by the author and as such seems heavily An interesting book in so far as it shows water management is complex and that large scale engineering projects generally create as many problems as they solve. These are often ecological, but also the potential for catastrophe. The book is very basic and I would only recommend it for someone trying to develop a basic knowledge of water related infrastructure. The points made are often simple, with little referencing or broader discussion. It is work done by the author and as such seems heavily anecdotal at times. It is not a particularly serious book and the tone and style are not academic.

  3. 4 out of 5

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