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Water, peace, and war : confronting the global water crisis

Author: Brahma Chellaney
Publisher: Lanham, MD : Rowman & Littlefield, [2015] ©2013
Edition/Format:   Print book : English : Updated edition.; First paperback editionView all editions and formats
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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 sobering fact is that the retail price of bottled water is already higher than the  Read more...
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Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Brahma Chellaney
ISBN: 9781442249134 1442249137
OCLC Number: 904822564
Notes: "First paperback edition 2015. Updates to some of the original text and statistics have been made for this paperback edition"--Title page verso.
Description: xxiv, 400 pages : illustations, maps, charts ; 23 cm
Contents: Introduction : Our most precious resource under threat --
1. The specter of water wars : Water, the new oil : Falling water tables and declining river flows ; Implications of the widening water gap ; A basic right denied to many --
The fundamentals of resource pressures : Our changing world ; Resource acquisition as a geopolitical driver ; Key factors behind spiraling resource consumption --
The increased risk of water conflicts : Weak water accords and institutions ; Waging water war by another name ; Water as an object, target, or tool of warfare --
3. The power of water : The green/blue water equation --
Water stress and rising food demand : The role of irrigation in resource depletion ; Changing diets accentuate water scarcity --
The intersection of water and energy : Water appropriations for energy production ; Hydropower: strengths, impacts, and vulnerabilities ; Nuclear power's water risks ; Addressing water-related energy challenges --
Can "virtual water" trade be the answer? : A nascent, evolving field ; Striking realities ; The limits of virtual-water trade benefits --
3. The future of water : New challenges, new beginnings --
The commoditization and marketing of water : The rise of the bottled-water industry ; Water trading within and between nations --
New Threats to water: environmental and climate change : Assessing the growing anthropogenic impacts ; The hydrological impacts of environmental change ; Water-related challenges in an era of global warming --
Forestalling a thirsty future : Water refugees and water warriors ; The dangers of a parched future --
Changing water cooperation, competition, and conflict : Water control as potential political weapon --
Water as a driver of territorial disputes : Redrawing political maps compounds water challenges ; The nexus between territorial and water feuds --
Lessons from past water cooperation : The Danube and Rhine COmmissions ; The U.S.-Canada and U.S.-Mexico treaties ; Building transnational water institutions: an evolutionary process --
Today's grating hydropolitics : The intersection of water scarcity, overpopulation, and terrorism ; Fashioning water pipelines for peace --
A water hegemon with no modern historical parallel : China's establishment of hydro-hegemony ; The wages of dam frenzy --
Shaping water for peace and profit : Building international water norms and rules : Strengthening international rules ; The UN Convention, Helsinki rules and Berlin rules ; The role of the International Court of Justice --
Building bilateral or basinwide institutions : Transnational "no harm" principle in practice ; Moderating the problematic doctrine of prior appropriation ; Broader parameters to alleviate conflict --
Pathways to help contain the risks : Stemming the security risks ; Mitigating the economic risks --
Why cooperative politics holds the key : law versus politics ; Investing in water peace --
Appendixes : Web links to international water norms --
Genuine intercountry water-sharing agreements currently in effect.
Responsibility: Brahma Chellaney.

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