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For more than a decade, the biennial report The World's Water has provided key data and expert insights into our most pressing freshwater issues.

The World's Water Vol. 7 

"There are few books that can genuinely be described as indispensable. This is one.... Essential reading." -Financial Times 
Global Water Report

Many places may be reaching the point of "peak water" – and to conserve this critical resource without harming the economy or public health, businesses, communities, governments, and individuals need new techniques to move to sustainable water management. The World's Water, Vol. 7 delivers analysis for developing those techniques, addressing:

▪ Reform of U.S. water policy, including economic approaches, decentralized decision-making, and stakeholder participation;
▪ Risks for businesses that do not manage their water resources responsibly;
▪ Impacts of climate change on transboundary water resources and agreements;
▪ The effects of fossil fuel production on water quality;
▪ Regional and worldwide impacts of China's dam policy;
▪ The lessons of Australia's prolonged drought; and
▪ Newly updated data on international water quality.  

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-Order directly from Island Press.

Getting good data on the many issues related to freshwater has long been a challenge. Here you will find data tables from the World's Water series, along with select content from the newest release, Volume 7 (October 2011). For the entire book, order directlyfrom Island Press. 

The World's Water 
Select Content

Table of Contents, Introduction
Chapter 4 (v. 7): Fossil Fuel and Water Quality, Lucy Allen, Michael J. Cohen, David Abelson, and Bart Miller 
Chapter 7 (v. 7): U.S. Water Policy Reform, Juliet Christian-Smith, Peter H. Gleick, and Heather Cooley 
Water Brief 2 (v. 7): The Great Lakes Water Agreements, Peter Schulte 
Water Brief 3 (v. 7): Water in the Movies, Peter H. Gleick 
Comprehensive Index (v. 7)

Chapter 1 (2008-2009): Peak Water, Meena Palaniappan and Peter H. Gleick
Chapter 5 (2008-2009): China and Water, Peter H. Gleick
Water Brief 2 (2008-2009): Past and Future of Salton Sea, Michael J. Cohen 
Water Brief 3 (2008-2009): Three Gorges Dam Project, Yangtze River, China, Peter H. Gleick

The World's Water Volume 7 Data

Table 1: Total Renewable Freshwater Supply, by Country (2010 Update)
Table 2: Freshwater Withdrawal, by Country and Sector (2010 Update)
Table 3: Access to Safe Drinking Water, by Country, 1970 to 2008
Table 4: Access to Sanitation by Country, 1970 to 2008
    Table 9: Death and DALYs from Selected Water Related Diseases,
2000 and 2004
    Table 13: Top Environmental Concerns of the American Public
  Table 19: Per Capita Consumption of Bottled Water

The World's Water 2008-2009 Data

      Table 5: MDG Progress on Access to Safe Drinking Water by Region
    Table 19: Water Content of Things

The World's Water 2006-2007 Data

    Table 6: Annual Average ODA for Water, by Country, 1990 to 2004 (Total and Per Capita)
      Table 7: Twenty Largest Recipients of ODA for Water, 1990 to 2004
      Table 8: Twenty Largest Per Capita Recipients of ODA for Water, 1990 to 2004
      Table 9: Investment in Water and Sewerage Projects with Private Participation, by Region, in Middle- and Low- Income Countries, 1990-2004
      Table 10: Bottled Water Consumption by Country, 1997 to 2004
      Table 11: Global Bottled Water Consumption, by Region, 1997 to 2004
      Table 14: Global Cholera Cases and Deaths Reported to the World Health Organization, 1970 to 2004
      Table 15: Reported Cases of Dracunculiasis by Country, 1972 to 2005
      Table 16: Irrigated Area, by Region, 1961 to 2003
      Table 17: Irrigated Area, Developed and Developing Countries, 1961 - 2003
      Table 18: The U.S. Water Industry Revenue (2003) and Growth (2004–2006)
      Table 19: Pesticide Occurrence in Streams, Groundwater, Fish, and Sediment in the United States
      Table 20: Global Desalination Capacity and Plants—January 1, 2005
      Table 21: 100 Largest Desalination Plants Planned, in Construction, or in Operation—January 1, 2005
      Table 22: Installed Desalination Capacity by Year, Number of Plants, and Total Capacity, 1945 to 2004

The World's Water 2002-2003 Data

Table 10: Irrigated Area, by Region, 1961 to 1999
Table 12: Number of Dams, by Continent and Country
Table 14: Regional Statistics on Large Dams
  Table 15: Commissioning of Large Dams in the 20th Century, by Decade

The World's Water 1998-1999 Data

  Table 13: Waterborne Disease Outbreaks in the United States
    Table 14: Hydroelectric Capacity and Production by Country, 1996
        Table 16: Desalination Capacity by Country, January 1, 1996
        Figure 1.8: Desalination Capacity (chart)
        Table 2.2 Estimates of Global Morbidity and Mortality of Water-Related Diseases


  Sanitation Coverage
  Populations without Access to Drinking Water


Treaty Between the government of the Republic of India and the government of the People's Republic of Bangladesh on Sharing of the Ganga/Ganges Waters at Farakka.

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