The Global Water Crisis
A Reference Handbook
by David E. Newton
April 2016, 354pp, 6x9
1 volume, ABC-CLIO

Hardcover: 978-1-4408-3980-1
$66, £51, 58€, A91
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Worldwide, an estimated 780 million people lack access to adequate water resources. Two and a half billion people lack access to modern sanitation facilities.

How is water scarcity becoming a serious problem worldwide—including in the United States? This book provides a broad overview of water, sanitation, and hygiene problems faced by both developing and developed nations around the globe and suggests how these problems can be solved by imaginative and innovative thinking.

Human society depends on sufficient clean water. In many parts of the world, however, this most basic commodity is in very short supply. Even in developed, first-world nations, climate change and other factors have begun to create alarming water supply issues. The Global Water Crisis: A Reference Handbook provides a detailed overview of this important topic, enabling readers to understand the nature of the world’s water, sanitation, and hygiene (WASH) problems and to know what resources are best for conducting their own research on the topic.

The first chapter of the book provides the historical background information pertaining to the world’s water and sanitation problems; the second chapter documents the problems, explores the issues, and presents potential solutions for understanding the nature of WASH issues. The other sections provide the needed resources for readers to study the issue of the global water crisis further: perspective essays, primary documents, biographical profiles, data and documents, an extended annotated bibliography, a chronology, and a glossary.

Features

  • Provides readers with an understanding of the severity of the water scarcity in the world today
  • Explains the nature of various sanitation issues around the world, how they arise, the problems for which they are responsible, and some possible solutions
  • Outlines the reasons that droughts are becoming a more serious problem in many parts of the world and what can be done to deal with these water shortages
  • Highlights the new, specialized problems concerning water supply raised by climate change
David E. Newton, EdD, has been a freelance writer of nonfiction books and ancillary materials for young adults for nearly 55 years. He has published more than 400 textbooks, research manuals, trade books, encyclopedias, and encyclopedia articles as well as lab manuals, problems books, and other publications. His published work includes ABC-CLIO's Wind Energy: A Reference Handbook; World Energy Crisis: A Reference Handbook; The Ozone Dilemma: A Reference Handbook; Fracking: A Reference Handbook; Environmental Justice: A Reference Handbook; Science and Political Controversy: A Reference Handbook; The Animal Experimentation Debate: A Reference Handbook; and Vaccination Controversies: A Reference Handbook. He has also been an updating and consulting editor on a number of books and reference works. Newton was formerly a teacher of high school science and mathematics in Grand Rapids, MI; professor of chemistry and physics at Salem State College; and adjunct professor at the University of San Francisco. His special interest is in the social, political, economic, and other aspects of science and technology. He holds a doctorate in science education from Harvard University as well as a bachelor's degree in chemistry (with high distinction) and a master's degree in education from the University of Michigan.

Reviews

"This concise, single-volume resource would be a good addition to high school and academic libraries in need of information on this hot topic."—Booklist, September 14, 2016

"This book serves as a first resource for young adults and provides a reference base for research projects. "—ARBA, September 28, 2016

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