Water under Threat - 
      Larbi Bouguerra

Water under Threat

Water has been described as 'the oil of the 21st century' with rapid population growth, climate change and pollution conspiring to make it the resource over which wars may be fought in years to come. But does water have a price? Is it a right or a need?

Increasingly, water is viewed as a commodity whose function is to generate profits. Les mer
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Water has been described as 'the oil of the 21st century' with rapid population growth, climate change and pollution conspiring to make it the resource over which wars may be fought in years to come. But does water have a price? Is it a right or a need?

Increasingly, water is viewed as a commodity whose function is to generate profits. In this book, Larbi Bouguerra argues that instead we should view it as a common good of humanity. Water has an exceptional cross-cultural symbolic value and its use raises enormous questions about our lifestyle, our ethics and our relationship to nature. Bouguerra makes a powerful case for a society that is more economical with water and manages it openly and democratically, as a global resource.
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Forlag: Bloomsbury Publishing PLC
Innbinding: Paperback
Språk: Engelsk
Sider: 224
ISBN: 9781842777053
Format: 20 x 13 cm
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SERIE:
VURDERING
Gi vurdering
Les vurderinger

Introduction
Part I: A Symbol and a Source of Fascination for Artists and Scientists
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


2. Science and Water: Research Continues

A banal substance?
Recent scientific findings


Part II: Water as a Political Issue
3. The Problem of Distribution and Management

A highly uneven distribution
Precious traditional techniques


4. Geostrategy, Power and Struggles

Power Games
The Water Weapon


5. Water and Conflicts

Hydropolitics
Internal wars
Water and the Israeli-Arab conflict


6. A Painful Issue in Algeria

Resource pressure
The ambiguity of water
An emblematic case
Algeria is not the only case


7. A Water Crisis?

Scarcity or mismanagement?
A man-made crisis?


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 III: The Public Health Problem
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


10. Pollution in Many Different Forms

Resource competition
The 'save water' watchword
Industrial pollution
Unsustainable development


Part IV: Issues of Ethics, Solidarity and Development
11. The Question of Dams

Leader's pride and white elephants
Dams arouse people's passions


12. Water and Development Ethics
13. Reasons for Hope?
Further Reading
Index

Mohamed Larbi Bouguerra works at the Alliance for a Responsible, Plural and United World, where he is in charge of the Water Programme. He was previously Professor of Science at Tunis University, and Associate Director of Research at the French National Centre for Scientific Research (CNRS).