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Water, Peace, and War: Confronting the Global Water Crisis
This pioneering and authoritative study considers the profound impact of the growing global water crunch on international peace and security as well as possible ways to mitigate the crisis. Although water is essential to sustaining life and livelihoods, geostrategist Brahma Chellaney argues that it remains the world s most underappreciated and undervalued resource. One sob ...more
Hardcover, 424 pages
Published April 11th 2013 by Rowman & Littlefield Publishers
(first published March 22nd 2013)
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An Informative, insightful & intriguing study. Rising food production, energy generation, water-intensive industries & water guzzling machines for the ever burgeoning population put the world on the threshold of water scarcity. Severe water conflicts are looming large on the horizon if not already started. Over exploitation of ground water beyond replenishment limit, environmental degradation by anthropogenic activities, rapid urbanization, climate change are wreaking havoc on water reso ...more
A thorougly researched and lucidly book that makes impressive reading. The author weaves the big picture by blending materials from the social and natural sciences in a manner suitable for both the general reader and the specialist. This book will probably rank as the best in the market on the global geopolitics of water resources.
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