Cover image: The State of the World's Water


The State of the World's Water

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Water is our most vital resource. The growing demands made by an increasing number of people adopting urban lifestyles and Western diets, coupled with a changing and less predictable climate, are putting pressure on the planet’s freshwater supply as never before. By 2025, four billion people may be living in conditions of water stress. And, even where water is plentiful, the poor are unlikely to have ready access to a safe, cheap supply. This 'atlas of water' maps the competing claims on limited water supplies – made by farmers, industrialists and householders – and investigates the uses and abuses of the resource, as well as the vexed question of how it can be equitably managed. Like other atlases in this series, this book is full of photos, infographics and maps to make the issues and data more comprehensible and accessible. It's bound to be a really useful resource for the upper secondary Geography classroom, for both students and teachers alike. Topics include: water shortages, excessive demands, climate impacts, water footprints, conflict and co-operation, dam construction, pollution, fragile ecosystems, access to water and sanitation, water pricing and privatization, integrated water management. The last chapter looks to the future and, despite the real potential that this issue has for conflict, there is a positive note. Humans and countries around the world are striving to co-operate and are finding innovative ways to manage this precious resource.

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    Sample pages and graphics on the New Internationalist website.


Environment and Sustainability

Age Ranges

KS4: ages 14-16, KS5: ages 16+


Geography: maps / atlases

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