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x, 337 pages, 16 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations (some color), maps ; 25 cm
  • Introduction: A global water crisis looms
  • Part I: The creation of a water-focused nation. A water-respecting culture ; The national water carrier ; Managing a national water system
  • Part II: The transformation. Revolution(s) on the farm ; Turning waste into water ; Desalination: science, engineering, and alchemy ; Renewing the water of Israel
  • Part III: The world beyond Israel's borders. Turning water into a global business ; Israel, Jordan, and the Palestinians: finding a regional water solution ; Hydro-diplomacy: Israel's use of water for global engagement ; No one is immune: California and the burden of affluence
  • Part IV: How Israel did it. Guiding philosophy.
"As every day brings urgent reports of growing water shortages around the world, there is no time to lose in the search for solutions. The US government predicts that forty of our fifty states-and sixty percent of the earth's land surface-will soon face alarming gaps between available water and the growing demand for it. Without action, food prices will rise, economic growth will slow, and political instability is likely to follow. Let There Be Water illustrates how Israel can serve as a model for the US and countries everywhere by showing how to blunt the worst of the coming water calamities. Even with sixty percent of its country a desert, not only doesn't Israel have a water problem; it has an abundance of water. Israel even supplies water to its neighbors-the Palestinians and the Kingdom of Jordan-every day. Based on meticulous research and hundreds of interviews, Let There Be Water reveals the methods and techniques of the often off-beat inventors who enabled Israel to lead the world in cutting-edge water technology. Let There Be Water also tells unknown stories of how cooperation on water systems can forge diplomatic ties and promote unity. Remarkably, not long ago, now-hostile Iran relied on Israel to manage its water systems, and access to Israel's water know-how helped to warm China's frosty relations with Israel. Every town, every country, and every reader can benefit from learning what Israel did in order to transform itself from a parched land into a water superpower. Beautifully written, Let There Be Water is an inspiring account of vision and sacrifice that will long be admired by government officials and engaged citizens facing water shortages and other seemingly insurmountable challenges"-- Provided by publisher.
"With hardly a day without a water-crisis story somewhere, Let There Be Water offers prescriptions on how countries, cities, and businesses can avoid the worst of it. With sixty percent of the country in a desert and despite a rapidly growing population, Israel has been jumping ahead of the water-innovation curve for decades. Israel's national unity and economic vitality are, in part, the result of a culture and consciousness that understands the central role of water in building a dynamic, thriving society. By boldly thinking about water, Israel has transformed the normally change-averse, water-greedy world of agriculture with innovations like drip irrigation, creation of smart seeds for drought-friendly plants, and careful reuse of highly treated waste-water. Israel has also played a leading role in the emerging desalination revolution. Beyond securing its own water supply, Israel has also created a high-export industry in water technology, a timely example of how countries can build their economies while making the world better. Built on meticulous research and hundreds of interviews with both world leaders and experts in the field, Let There Be Water tells the inspiring story of how this all came to be"-- Provided by publisher.
Green Library
HISTORY-203J-01, HISTORY-303J-01
xv, 298 pages : illustrations, maps ; 24 cm.
  • The machete and the freighter
  • Monte
  • Making the Panama Canal Watershed
  • Frank Robinson's map
  • Life along the river (Miocene-1903)
  • Canal construction and the politics of water
  • Pueblos perdidos or how the lake ate the river
  • The agricultural possibilities of the Canal Zone
  • Getting across and getting around
  • The world united, Panama divided
  • Conquest of the jungle
  • Weeds
  • A demanding environment.
In this innovative book, Ashley Carse traces the water that flows into and out from the Panama Canal to explain how global shipping is entangled with Panama's cultural and physical landscapes. By following container ships as they travel downstream along maritime routes and tracing rivers upstream across the populated watershed that feeds the canal, he explores the politics of environmental management around a waterway that links faraway ports and markets to nearby farms, forests, cities, and rural communities. Carse draws on a wide range of ethnographic and archival material to show the social and ecological implications of transportation across Panama. The Canal moves ships over an aquatic staircase of locks that demand an enormous amount of fresh water from the surrounding region. Each passing ship drains 52 million gallons out to sea -- a volume comparable to the daily water use of half a million Panamanians. Infrastructures like the Panama Canal, Carse argues, do not simply conquer nature; they rework ecologies in ways that serve specific political and economic priorities. Interweaving histories that range from the depopulation of the U.S. Canal Zone a century ago to road construction conflicts and water hyacinth invasions in canal waters, the book illuminates the human and nonhuman actors that have come together at the margins of the famous trade route. 2014 marks the 100th anniversary of the Panama Canal. Beyond the Big Ditch calls us to consider how infrastructures are materially embedded in place, producing environments with winners and losers.
(source: Nielsen Book Data)9780262028110 20170403
Green Library
HISTORY-203J-01, HISTORY-303J-01
xii, 289 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm
  • Part I. Wheeling and dealing water in the Americas
  • Water hoarding in a California drought
  • How a coup opened Chile's water markets
  • Part II. Postcolonial water insurgencies
  • South Africa's water apartheid
  • Mother Ganga is not for sale
  • Part III. Water wars in the Middle East
  • A revolution of the thirsty in Egypt
  • Targeting Iraq's water
  • Conclusion: Imagining a water-secure world.
"There's Money in Thirst, " reads a headline in the New York Times. The CEO of Nestlé, purveyor of bottled water, heartily agrees. It is important to give water a market value, he says in a promotional video, so "we're all aware that it has a price." But for those who have no access to clean water, a fifth of the world's population, the price is thirst. This is the frightening landscape that Karen Piper conducts us through in The Price of Thirst--one where thirst is political, drought is a business opportunity, and more and more of our most necessary natural resource is controlled by multinational corporations. The product of seven years of investigation across six continents and a dozen countries, and scores of interviews with CEOs, activists, environmentalists, and climate change specialists, The Price of Thirst paints a harrowing picture of a world out of balance, with the distance between the haves and have-nots of water inexorably widening and the coming crisis moving ever closer.
Green Library
HISTORY-203J-01, HISTORY-303J-01
464 p. : ill., maps, ports. ; 22 cm.
Examining a series of El Nino-induced droughts and the famines that they spawned around the globe in the last third of the 19th century, Mike Davis discloses the intimate, baleful relationship between imperial arrogance and natural incident that combined to produce some of the worst tragedies in human history and to sow the seeds of underdevelopment in what later became known as the third world.
(source: Nielsen Book Data)9781859843826 20160528
Green Library
HISTORY-203J-01, HISTORY-303J-01
xxiii, 799 p. : ill., maps ; 24 cm.
  • List of Figures List of Maps Preface to the Revised Edition 1. The Aboriginal Waterscape: Manipulation and Near Harmony The Waterscape Waterways and Lifeways Agriculture and Cultural Patterns Symbiosis and Community 2. Hispanic Patterns: Community and Authority "Apportion Water Justly and Fairly" Lessons in Survival Misjudgments Royal Authority and Community Rights Community Obligations Community Rights and Private Rights When Rights Collide: Bien Procumunal The Darker Side 3. The American Takeover: Laissez-Faire, Localism, and Monopoly American Political Culture "First in Time, First in Right" Hydraulicking and Environmental Destruction The Politics of Flood Control Riparian Rights Monopoly and a Clash of Rights Lux v. Haggin and the California Doctrine The Irrigation District and the Persistence of Monopoly Localism and the Search for Alternatives The Rainmakers The Progressive Impulse: From Laissez-Faire to Centralized Planning Toward the Reclamation Act 4. Urban Imperialism: A Tale of Two Cities Los Angeles: From Hispanic Village to American City Legerdemain and the Pueblo Water Right Girding for Expansion: Municipal Control The Owens Valley Caper An Aqueduct for the Future The San Fernando Valley: Insider Information for Private Gain Los Angeles' Water Colonies The Tragedy and Legacy of the Expert: William Muholland San Francisco: Instant City with an Instant Water Problem Hetch Hetchy Predicaments: The Federal Government and Boss Ruef Hetch Hetchy Embattled Toward a Utilitarian Triumph The Ironies of Victory A Comparison of Two Cities 5. Hydraulic Society Triumphant: The Great Projects The Boulder Canyon Project The Imperial Valley Impulse The Colorado River Compact New Players and New Battles Compromises and Enactment The Imperial Valley and the Betrayal of Reclamation Law New Water and Accelerated Urbanization The Central Valley Project Progressive Era Promise and Disappointment Toward a State Plan American Political Culture and the Central Valley Project From State to Federal Project A Project at Last The Battle over Acreage Limitation "Technical Compliance": A Bipartisan Legacy Public versus Private Power The State Water Project A State Plan Fragmentation, Compromise and Confusion New Water, Growth, and Inequities 6. Hydraulic Society on the Defensive Arizona v. California The Environmental Movement The Peripheral Canal Fight: Round One The Peripheral Canal Fight: Round Two The Pueblo Water Right Challenged Mono Lake and the Public Trust Doctrine Owens Valley War: Renewed and Cooled But Not Over The Fight for the Right to Instream Use An Increasingly Vulnerable Southland 7. Water Policy at a Crossroads Tradition versus Reform: The Fate of the Stanislaus River New and Old Challenges to Dams and Levees Dams at Risk The Impermanence of Dams: Earthquakes, Silt, Neglect, and Flawed Planning Los Angeles: A Vexing in Dams, Levees, Floods and Public Policy Vulnerable Levees and the Delta Environmental Crisis: Bay, Delta, and CALFED Environmental Crisis: Central Valley Environmental Crisis: Southern California Subsidized Agriculture and Social Inequity Water Marketing: Hope, Threat, and Challenge The Imperial Valley, MWD, and the Market The Imperial Valley, MWD, San Diego and the Market The Wheeling-Rate War: MWD and San Diego The Government Intercedes One War Down, Another to Go The Central Valley Project, "Reform, " and the Market MWD, the San Joaquin Valley, and the Market The Quest for Security and Equity Open Spaces and Farmland: Going, Going... A Confusion of Laws Chaotic Management Calls for Reform, Fanciful and Otherwise 8. Reflections Notes Bibliography Index.
  • (source: Nielsen Book Data)9780520224568 20160528
The story of 'the great thirst' is brought up to date in this revised edition of Norris Hundley's outstanding history, with additional photographs and incisive descriptions of the major water-policy issues facing California now: accelerating urbanization of farmland and open spaces, persisting despoliation of water supplies, and demands for equity in water allocation for an exploding population. People the world over confront these problems, and Hundley examines them with clarity and eloquence in the unruly laboratory of California. The obsession with water has shaped California to a remarkable extent, literally as well as politically and culturally. Hundley tells how aboriginal Americans and then early Spanish and Mexican immigrants contrived to use and share the available water and how American settlers, arriving in ever-increasing numbers after the Gold Rush, transformed California into the home of the nation's preeminent water seekers. The desire to use, profit from, manipulate, and control water drives the people and events in this fascinating narrative until, by the end of the twentieth century, a large, colorful cast of characters and communities has wheeled and dealed, built, diverted, and connived its way to an entirely different statewide waterscape.
(source: Nielsen Book Data)9780520224568 20160528
Green Library
HISTORY-203J-01, HISTORY-303J-01
xi, 130 p. ; 22 cm.
Green Library
HISTORY-203J-01, HISTORY-303J-01
Green Library
HISTORY-203J-01, HISTORY-303J-01