The Books

The World’s Water

Published every two years by Island Press, The World’s Water provides both detailed analysis of the most significant trends and events and up-to-date data on water resources and their use. They are essential references for water resources specialists, resource economists, planners, students, and anyone concerned with water issues.

The World’s Water, Vol. 8

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The newest volume in this highly regarded series, The World’s Water, Volume 8 (2014) features chapters on hydraulic fracturing (fracking), water footprints, sustainable water jobs, and desalination financing, among other timely issues. Water briefs provide concise updates on topics including the Dead Sea and the role of water in the Syrian conflict. Pacific Institute President Peter Gleick serves as series editor, with coauthors Newsha Ajami, Juliet Christian-Smith, Heather Cooley, Kristina Donnelly, Julian Fulton, Mai-Lan Ha, Matthew Heberger, Eli Moore, Jason Morrison, Stuart Orr, Peter Schulte, and Veena Srinivasan. Twenty-four data tables provide an invaluable resource for analyzing the state of the world’s water, accessibility, sustainability, attitudes, and more including top environmental concerns and total water footprint of national consumption, by sector and country. There is also a fun Water Brief on “Zombie Water Projects.” Read more.

View a selection of writings and data tables from the 2011 release, The World’s Water, Vol. 8, as well as material from the previous seven volumes.

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The World’s Water, Vol. 7

book2The World’s Water, Vol. 7 was released as the Pacific Institute headed into its 25th Anniversary year in 2012. Institute President and series editor Peter Gleick, with coauthors Lucy Allen, Juliet Christian-Smith, Michael Cohen, Heather Cooley, Matthew Heberger, Jason Morrison, Meena Palaniappan, and Peter Schulte of the Pacific Institute, address the timely and pressing issues in the management of our most precious resource. Topics range from water and fossil fuels, China and dams, and U.S. water policy to international water quality, transboundary water and climate change, corporate water management, and drought and water management in Australia. Nineteen data tables provide an invaluable resource for analyzing the state of the world’s water, accessibility, sustainability, attitudes, and more including top environmental concerns and bottled water consumption stats. There is also a fun Water Brief on “Water in the Movies.” Read more.

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Watch Peter Gleick’s 2011 presentation on The World’s Water Volume 7 and interviews on peak water and population and sustainable water at the Woodrow Wilson Center. Dr. Gleick talks more about The World’s Water Vol. 7  here.

The World’s Water: 2008-2009

book3In the sixth volume in this highly regarded series, The World’s Water 2008-2009, Pacific Institute President and series editor Peter Gleick, with Institute coauthors Heather Cooley, Michael Cohen, Mari Morikawa, Jason Morrison, and Meena Palaniappan address the ever-more-pressing issues of our use and misuse of the world’s freshwater resources. Topics range from peak water, China’s water crisis, and climate change impacts and adaptations, to updates on the Millennium Development Goals, business reporting on water, and urban water use efficiency. Twenty new data tables provide a definitive resource for everyone concerned with sustainable water use, including the eye-opening chart of “The Water Content of Things.”

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View a selection of writings and data tables from the new volume, The World’s Water 2008-2009.

The World’s Water: 2006-2007

book4In The World’s Water 2006-2007, Pacific Institute President and series editor Peter Gleick convened Pacific Institute staff and others in presenting the fifth edition, covering some of the most significant current worldwide water issues: * water and terrorism, * preserving and restoring instream water allocations, * an update of seawater desalination, * the growing risks of floods and droughts, * environmental justice for water, * water risks facing industry, and * updated information on bottled water, international disputes over water, and the discovery of water on Mars.

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The World’s Water: 2004-2005

book5In this fourth volume of his prominent series, Dr. Peter Gleick and his research team focus on the most significant current trends worldwide: how to meet the basic needs of over 1 billion people without access to clean water, the growing controversy over public vs. private water, the role of conservation and efficiency in solving water problems, and concerns about skyrocketing bottled water use. Other chapters delve into a range of other critical topics — from the economic value of water, to the unsustainable use of groundwater, to water policy and climate change. The Data Section of the book contains updated and new data on many critical water issues from the local to the global level.

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The World’s Water: 2002-2003

book6The third volume of The World’s Water is an effort to explore, understand, and solve a variety of critical water issues that include the global water crisis, global warming and water, privatization and globalization of water, and water-related conflicts. The central thrust of The World’s Water 2002-2003 is that we must rethink the way we capture, distribute, and use water if we are to meet the challenges of increasing scarcity and growing populations. Other chapters cover the increasingly contentious debates over globalization and privatization of water, new measures of water well-being, the risks of climate change, and new information on dams and water.

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The World’s Water: 2000-2001

book7The second volume of The World’s Water contains new chapters on global water use projections, international river basins, the complex connections between water and food production, desalination, wastewater treatment and reuse, and the legal issues around a human right to water. As with the first volume, a large number of data tables are provided on a wide range of water-related issues, including water supply and demand, desalination capacity, reservoir construction, salinization of land, and updated numbers of endangered and threatened aquatic species.

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The World’s Water: 1998-1999

book8The first volume of The World’s Water (1998-1999) includes chapters on the changing global paradigm for water management and use, the environmental implications of large dams, possible consequences of climate change, and the links between water resources and conflict. The book also contains more than fifty charts, tables, and maps that present data on a range of topics including the availability and use of water, numbers of threatened and endangered species, dam and desalination capacity worldwide, and much more.

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