Water Planet
The Culture, Politics, Economics, and Sustainability of Water on Earth
by Camille Gaskin-Reyes, Editor
October 2016, 450pp, 7x10
1 volume, ABC-CLIO

Hardcover: 978-1-4408-3816-3
$98, £73, 82€, A140
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Water is both the essential source of life on our planet and a cause of disaster and death.

Through case studies, opposing viewpoints, and primary documents, this reference work examines the environmental and sustainability issues regarding water as well as how water is an intrinsic part of human culture.

Every culture and ecosystem on earth depends on water. As the world’s climate changes, human culture is increasingly threatened by the seemingly opposite problems of having too little clean, potable water and “having too much water”—e.g., flooding, melting polar ice caps, and rising sea levels. What are the solutions that humanity must collectively pursue to protect our ability to flourish on planet earth?

Water Planet: The Culture, Politics, Economics, and Sustainability of Water on Earth offers an unprecedented examination of the critical subject of water sustainability. Its essays, viewpoints, case studies, and documents show how this vital resource that many in first-world countries take for granted is intricately woven into not only basic human survival but also cultural, political, and economic stability. Readers will learn about topics such as flooding and drought; the growing problem of water pollution; the connections between water and gender, including gender equity and gender aspects of water ownership; the effects of global temperature changes on the water supply; concerns regarding fishing and overfishing; water security; and sustainable water management.


  • Presents a variety of resources and multidisciplinary perspectives on water in a single book
  • Offers opposing viewpoints on current world water issues that enable readers to consider these problems from political, cultural, economic, and scientific vantage points
  • Documents how some practical necessities regarding our global water problems are in conflict with established cultural tradition and values
Camille Gaskin-Reyes, PhD, is adjunct professor of Latin American studies at Georgetown University. She is a specialist in Latin American and development studies and has more than 28 years of experience in policy development and practice, natural resource management, environmental planning and economics, project management, and monitoring and evaluation in Latin America and the Caribbean. Gaskin-Reyes is also an international consultant. She received her doctorate at University of Bonn, Germany.


Best Reference Titles of 2016, Sciences—Library Journal, March 2, 2017


"Readers will come away with a much deeper understanding of the topic. A comprehensive resource for those thirsting for information on water, politics, science, environment, and culture."—Library Journal, January 11, 2017
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