The Price of Thirst

The Price of Thirst

Global Water Inequality and the Coming Chaos

Book - 2014
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"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.
Publisher: Minneapolis : University of Minnesota Press, [2014]
ISBN: 9780816695423
0816695423
Branch Call Number: 333.91 P6615P 2014
Characteristics: xii, 289 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm

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