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Who Controls Water? Conflict, Cooperation, and "Soft" Power

Who Controls Water? Conflict, Cooperation, and "Soft" Power

Sustainability Seminar delivered on February 23, 2011 by UC Irvine Professor David Feldman, "Who Controls Water? Conflict, Cooperation, and "Soft" Power". Water is our planet's most precious resource. It is required by every living thing, yet a huge proportion of the world's population struggles to access it. Agriculture, aquaculture, industry, and energy depend on it - yet its adequacy and safety engender conflict. This conflict is likely to intensify as threats to freshwater abundance and quality, including climate change, urbanization, new forms of pollution, and privatization of control, continue to grow. Can we manage freshwater sensibly, and with proper regard for the welfare of future generations and other species? Must the cost of potable water become prohibitively expensive for the... Show More


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