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The Water Paradox: Overcoming the Global Crisis in Water Management

Edward B. Barbier


Water is essential to life, yet humankind's relationship with water is complex. For millennia, we have perceived it as abundant and easily accessible. But water shortages are fast becoming a persistent reality for all nations, rich and poor. With demand outstripping supply, a global water crisis is imminent. This book argues that our water crisis is as much a failure of water management as it is a result of scarcity. Outdated governance structures and institutions, combined with continual underpricing, have perpetuated the overuse and undervaluation of water and disincentivized much-needed tec ... More

Keywords: water scarcity, water shortage, water crisis, water policy, water management

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2019 Print ISBN-13: 9780300224436
Published to Yale Scholarship Online: September 2019 DOI:10.12987/yale/9780300224436.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Edward B. Barbier, author
Colorado State University