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The Water Paradox

Overcoming the Global Crisis in Water Management

Ed Barbier



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Yale University
22 January 2019
A radical new approach to tackling the growing threat of water scarcity Water is essential to life, yet humankind's relationship with water is complex. For millennia, we have perceived it as abundant and easily accessible. But water shortages are fast becoming a persistent reality for all nations, rich and poor. With demand outstripping supply, a global water crisis is imminent.

In this trenchant critique of current water policies and practices, Edward Barbier argues that our water crisis is as much a failure of water management as it is a result of scarcity. Outdated governance structures and institutions, combined with continual underpricing, have perpetuated the overuse and undervaluation of water and disincentivized much-needed technological innovation. As a result water grabbing is on the rise, and cooperation to resolve these disputes is increasingly fraught. Barbier draws on evidence from countries across the globe to show the scale of the problem, and outlines the policy and management solutions needed to avert this crisis.

By:   Ed Barbier
Imprint:   Yale University
Country of Publication:   United States
Dimensions:   Height: 221mm,  Width: 152mm,  Spine: 29mm
Weight:   522g
ISBN:   9780300224436
ISBN 10:   0300224435
Pages:   296
Publication Date:   22 January 2019
Audience:   General/trade ,  ELT Advanced
Format:   Hardback
Publisher's Status:   Active

Edward B. Barbier is professor of economics and senior scholar in the School of Global Environmental Sustainability at Colorado State University. He is an internationally recognized expert on environmental policy, and has served as a consultant and advisor to numerous international organizations.

Reviews for The Water Paradox: Overcoming the Global Crisis in Water Management

In The Water Paradox, Prof. Barbier draws on evidence from countries across the globe to show the scale of the problem and outlines the policy and management solutions needed to avert this crisis. -John Singleton, Methodist Recorder The Water Paradox is, however, jargon-free and readable, brilliantly detailing both problems and remedies. I hark back to Barbier's words on the fountains of Rome. To learn that 2017 was the first time in 2,000 years that these hydro-engineering marvels were turned off in response to drought provokes tears of sorrow and frustration. We know that it is happening. We do not act. That is the paradox. -Margaret Catley-Carlson, Nature ''Edward Barbier does a fabulous job educating the reader on the state of water in the world and on ways to address associated water-issues. While the book is written for a non-technical audience, it is essential reading for water professionals and policy makers.'' - Ariel Dinar, Distinguished Professor of Environmental Economics and Policy at the University of California, Riverside. Barbier is the go-to person on water and water scarcity. This is a comprehensive guide for anyone who cares about one of the most important issues in this century. - Dieter Helm, Professor of Economic Policy at the University of Oxford and author of Natural Capital: Valuing the Planet clear and compelling... recommended reading for all interested in the pressing issue of water scarcity. - Professor Anil Markandya, Former Scientific Director at the Basque Centre for Climate Change.

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