The Atlas of Water: Mapping the World's Most Critical Resource
'A striking new approach to cartography... no-one wishing to keep a grip on the reality of the world should be without these books.' International Herald Tribune'This book contains not just maps but also visually ingenious tables, graphs, pie charts and colour photos revealing, amongst others, uses and abuses, water health, the reshaping of the natural water flow and cycle, water 'wars', and ways forward'OXFAM Development Resources ReviewToday, more than a billion people are without easy access to safe drinking water. By 2050, almost half the world's population will face severe water shortages.The planet is running out of fresh water fast. Yet water is a key commodity for future development. This crucial and timely atlas shows water distribution worldwide, and considers a future where privatization and profit dictate availability.With snapshots of vulnerable areas - such as Bangladesh, California, Mexico City and the Middle East - as well as the global picture, this is a unique resource for general readers, as well as policy makers and students.
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affected Africa amount of water aquifers Aral Sea areas Asia ATLAS B R A Z Bangladesh Bank World Development Belarus caused chemicals China COLOMBIA Congo contaminated Côte d'Ivoire cubic kilometres cubic metres death desalination developing countries diarrhoea disease divert domestic downstream draining drinking water Ethiopia evaporation ﬁrst flooding fresh water freshwater Gambia groundwater Guinea hectares human hydropower Improved sanitation Improved water source increase India International Iraq Israel Jordan Kazakhstan Kyrgyzstan lakes land large dams latrine less water litres litres of water Mexico City mg/litre MONGOLIA Namibia nitrates Organic water pollutants Pakistan Paraguay percent Percentage pipes plants population with access problem reservoirs sewage SIERRA Tajikistan tankers Three Gorges Dam Turkey underground aquifers untreated urban Uzbekistan waste wastewater water management Water Poverty Index water shortage water supply Water table water withdrawn wetlands World Bank World Bank World World Development Indicators World Water worldwide