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Water in the 21st Century: Defining the elements of global crises and potential solutions

TitleWater in the 21st Century: Defining the elements of global crises and potential solutions
Publication TypeJournal Article
Year of Publication2008
AuthorsBrown C, Siegried T., Heikkila T., Lall U
JournalJournal of International Affairs
Volume61
Issue2
Start Page1
Pagination1-17
Date Published07/2008
Accession Number32110389
Abstract

The article argues that there are three distinct water crises, and it is by looking at how these challenges are interrelated that the global characteristics of water resource dilemmas can be better articulated and solved. Such crises include the crisis of access to safe drinking water, the crisis of pollution that is analogous to climate change, and the crisis of scarcity, or resouce depletion. It is also argued that the solutions to these require both local and global action at the policy and economic level to improve agricultural water use.