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The World's Water 2004-2005

Book Scrutinizes Millennium Development Goals, Bottled Water, Urban Efficiency, Groundwater, and More

In this fourth volume of his highly regarded series, Gleick and his research team focus on the most significant current trends worldwide: how to meet the basic needs of over 1 billion people without access to clean water, the growing controversy over public vs. private water, the role of conservation and efficiency in solving water problems, and concerns about skyrocketing bottled water use.

Other chapters delve into a range of other critical topics -- from the economic value of water, to the unsustainable use of groundwater, to water policy and climate change. The Data Section of the book contains updated and new data on many critical water issues from the local to the global level.

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[12/14/04] A detailed summary page (new window) of the 11/17 event has been prepared by the Woodrow Wilson Center for International Scholars.

[12/06/04] Slides from "The World's Water Crisis and the Need for U.S. Leadership," Dr. Gleick's 11/17 talk at the Woodrow Wilson Center, are now available online.

Table of Contents

THE WORLD'S WATER: 2004-2005
The Biennial Report on Freshwater Resources

INTRODUCTION Introduction to the book (PDF)

ONE The Millennium Development Goals for Water: Crucial Objectives, Inadequate Commitments (PDF)
by Peter H. Gleick

TWO The Myth and Reality of Bottled Water
by Peter H. Gleick

THREE Water Privatization Principles and Practices
by Meena Palaniappan, Peter H. Gleick, Catherine Hunt, Veena Srinivasan

FOUR Groundwater: The Challenge of Monitoring and Management
by Marcus Moench

FIVE Urban Water Conservation: A Case Study of Residential Water Use in California
by Peter H. Gleick, Dana Haasz, Gary Wolff

SIX Urban Water Conservation: A Case Study of Commercial and Industrial Water Use in California
by Peter H. Gleick, Veena Srinivasan, Christine Henges-Jeck,
Gary Wolff

SEVEN Climate Change and California Water Resources
by Michael Kiparsky and Peter H. Gleick


One 3rd World Water Forum in Kyoto: Disappointment and Possibility
by Nicholas L. Cain

Two The Human Right to Water: Two Steps Forward, One Step Back
by Peter H. Gleick

Three The Water and Climate Bibliography
by Peter H. Gleick and Michael Kiparksy

Four Environment and Security: Water Conflict Chronology Version 2004-2005
by Peter H. Gleick


Data Table 1: Total Renewable Freshwater Supply, by Country (2004 Update)

Data Table 2: Fresh Water Withdrawals by Country and Sector (2004 Update)

Data Table 3: Deaths and DALYs from Selected Water-Related Diseases

Data Table 4: Official Development Assistance Burden Sharing Indicators

Data Table 5: Aid to Water Supply and Sanitation by Donor, 1996 to 2001

Data Table 6 Bottled Water Consumption by Country, 1997 to 2002

Data Table 7 Global Bottled Water Consumption by Region, 1997 to 2002 (Preliminary)

Data Table 8 Bottled Water Consumption, Share by Region, 1997 to 2002 (Preliminary)

Data Table 9 Per-capita Bottled Water Consumption by Region, 1997 to 2002

Data Table 10 United States Bottled Water Sales, 1991 to 2001

Data Table 11 Types of Packaging Used for Bottled Water in Various Countries, 1999

Data Table 12 Irrigated Area, by Region, 1961 to 2001

Data Table 13 Irrigated Area, Developed and Developing Countries, 1961 to 2001

Data Table 14 Global Production and Yields of Major Cereal Crops, 1961 to 2002

Data Table 15 Global Reported Flood Deaths, 1900 to 2002

Data Table 16 United States Flood Damage by Fiscal Year, 1926 to 2001

Data Table 17 Total Outbreaks of Drinking Water Related Disease, United States, 1973 to 2000

Data Table 18
18.a Extinction Rate Estimates for Continental North American Fauna (percent loss per decade)
18.b Imperiled Species for North American Fauna

Data Table 19 Proportion of Species at Risk, United States

Data Table 20 United States Population and Water Withdrawals, 1900 to 2000

Data Table 21 United States Economic Productivity of Water, 1900 to 2000



Volume 1: The Biennial Report on Freshwater Resources, 1998-1999

Volume 2: The Biennial Report on Freshwater Resources, 2000-2001

Volume 3: The Biennial Report on Freshwater Resources, 2002-2003



Water / Environmental Policy

PRAISE for The World's Water series:
"Anyone who cares deeply about the human need for water and the future of this planet should take careful note. Highly recommended."
-- Choice

"Essential for students of water--whether environmentalists, educators, engineers--or water policy planners in whatever capacity. A valuable contribution to the water literature as well as an important resource tool."
-- Environment

"The World's Water is an important contribution…. It should be compulsory reading for students of water resources."
-- Water International

"This book takes a truly impressive bite out of an enormous topic. Interested lay readers, students of natural resource management, and water experts will all find abundant use for The World's Water.
-- BioScience

"There are few books that can genuinely be described as indispensable. This is one…. Essential reading."
-- Financial Times Global Water Report

"Dr. Gleick has once again produced the essential book on water. The 2004/2005 edition will be an indispensable addition to our bookshelf."
-- Ismail Serageldin, Director, Library of Alexandria, and Chair of the World Commission on Water for the 21st Century

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