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The Last Drop: The Politics of Water

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The Last Drop: The Politics of Water

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The one indispensable resource, water is increasingly controlled and even owned by private capital. By 2012, water was a trillion-dollar industry—and as population growth, industrial production, and ecological change make scarcity ever-more common, water may well become the source of military and political conflict in the years to come.
This book looks at how we got here and what we can and should do next. Laying out the complex arguments surrounding water, its ownership and access to it, Mike Gonzalez and Marianella Yanes make the technical and scientific aspects of the discussion clear and accessible—and thereby enable themselves to make the political questions more urgent. Pushing back against the market fundamentalists, the authors argue that it is both possible and necessary that considerations of equity and social justice prevail in the debates about water. Powerful and polemical, The Last Drop will be a vital resource for water activists worldwide.

Mike Gonzalez is professor emeritus of Latin American studies at University of Glasgow in Scotland.

Marianella Yanes is a Venezuelan writer, journalist, and playwright. She wrote soap operas for a number of Latin American television channels and worked in theater for many years.

ISBN: 9780745334912

ISBN-10: 9780745334912

Publisher: Pluto Press

Publication Date: 10/15/2015 - 12:00am

On Sale: 10/15/2015 - 12:00am

Pages: 224

Language: English


Political Science / Geopolitics

Science / Environmental Science