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Frank H. T. Rhodes

Print publication date: 2012

Print ISBN-13: 9780801478239

Published to Cornell Scholarship Online: August 2016

DOI: 10.7591/cornell/9780801478239.001.0001

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Water as Sustenance

Water as Sustenance

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(p.210) Chapter 17 Water as Sustenance
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Earth
Author(s):

Frank H. T. Rhodes

Publisher:
Cornell University Press
DOI:10.7591/cornell/9780801478239.003.0017

This chapter examines water as a means of sustenance and explores its potentials for sustainability. Although water is a renewable resource, it is also a scarce resource in some areas where population growth, growing industrialization, spreading urbanization, climate change, and increasing pollution have, between them, all contributed to mounting concerns for future water supplies. Water is the planet's most abundant resource, yet it is not everywhere plentiful, and one-fifth of Earth's population still lacks access to clean, cheap water. The chapter considers these paradoxes before transitioning the discussion into how and why water is used, how it is disposed of, and whether or not it can be recycled.

Keywords:   water, renewable resources, droughts, water scarcity, recycling water, water supplies, water access

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