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WEB RELEASE: 12/05/03

Science Magazine Publishes New Article on "Soft Path"

A new article, "Global Freshwater Resources: Soft-Path Solutions for the 21st Century" by the Pacific Institute's President, Dr. Peter H. Gleick, was published in the December issue of Science Magazine. It is available online from the Science Magazine website without charge.

Abstract: Twentieth-century water policies relied on the construction of massive infrastructure in the form of dams, aqueducts, pipelines, and complex centralized treatment plants to meet human demands. These facilities brought tremendous benefits to billions of people, but they also had serious and often unanticipated social, economical, and ecological costs. Many unsolved water problems remain, and past approaches no longer seem sufficient. A transition is under way to a "soft path" that complements centralized physical infrastructure with lower cost community-scale systems, decentralized and open decision-making, water markets and equitable pricing, application of efficient technology, and environmental protection.



 

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