Earth has vast amounts of water, yet less than one percent of the world's fresh water (estimated .007% of all the water on Earth) is accessible for direct human uses. This is the water found in lakes, rivers, reservoirs and those underground sources that are shallow enouth to be tapped at an affordable cost. Only this amount is regularly renewed by rain and snowfall, and is therefore available on a sustainable basis. How should we manage our water supply in light of increasing scarcity and pollution?
As we pollute, divert, pump, and waste our limited supply of fresh water we are causing desertification of the Earth and further scarcity of this precious resource. Our population increases and industry expands, and the demand for fresh water only grows. Meanwhile, corporate giants and governments are using water for economic and political gain, setting the stage for battles over water. The following books and other resources will provide a clearer picture of the variety of important issues involved with the life necessity we so often take for granted.
- Water use
- Water resources development
- Water supply
- Water rights
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