FREE MOBI ï DOC Blue Gold The Fight to Stop the Corporate Theft of the World's Water 9781565847316 ☆ MAUDE BARLOW

DOC Blue Gold The Fight to Stop the Corporate Theft of the World's Water

FREE MOBI ï DOC Blue Gold The Fight to Stop the Corporate Theft of the World's Water 9781565847316 ☆ MAUDE BARLOW Î [PDF / Epub] ☃ Blue Gold The Fight to Stop the Corporate Theft of the World's Water By Maude Barlow – In Are part of one of the fastest growing and least regulated industries buying up freshwater rights and drying up crucial suppliesA truly shocking exposé that is a call to arms to people around the world Blue Gold shows in frightening detail why as the vice president of the World Bank has pronounced “The wars of the next century will be about water” The book raises some interesting uestions and has some suggestions for solving the water crisis but the tone at times verges into the hysterical This panicked approach may be justified because of the stakes but it makes the book tedious to read at times The author also irritated me by not using units consistently They flip flopped the usage of Imperial and SI units Sometimes the SI units are first and the Imperial would follow Other times it was the reverse Just pick one order and stick with it Also ground water is two words not one

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Twice the rate of population increase At the same time increasingly transnational corporations are plotting to control the world’s dwindling water supply In England and France where water has already been privatized rates have soared and water shortages have been severe The major bottled water producers Perrier Evian Naya and now Coca Cola and PepsiCo The most depressing book I've ever read and a must read for every human beingNOW

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Blue Gold The Fight to Stop the Corporate Theft of the World's WaterIn this “chilling in depth examination of a rapidly emerging global crisis” In These Times Maude Barlow and Tony Clarke two of the most active opponents to the privatization of water show how contrary to received wisdom water mainly flows uphill to the wealthy Our most basic resource may one day be limited our consumption doubles every twenty years This is not a new review The issues are nonetheless still topicalThere are not many surprises in BLUE GOLD The primary message of Maud Barlow and Tony Clarke's book echoes the Blue Planet Project a global campaign to assert the universal right to water of which Barlow is one of the international leaders It is the 'battle against the corporate world' here in particular the 'theft of the world's water' Of course it is not so much a 'theft' of water the world's water supply has been or less stable since the beginning of time rather the increasing control by a small group of multinationals over the water's allocation to the peoples of this planetConseuently the strength of the book is in its coverage of the multi national corporations the 'Global Water Lords' and the exposure of their expanding power over water delivery and processing systems around the globe Initiatives to privatize water delivery at a national level probably started with Napoleon III in France in the middle of the 19th century At that time governments were usually in charge of water management Since then privatization has spread from France to the rest of the world Today Barlow and Clarke maintain some 10 corporate players dominate the global water industry Two French companies hold the lion's share Most of these major players are multi utility providers which increase their hold on the water resources of countries and regions Once a government opens a door to privatization of any of the water related services such as water delivery or waste management it abandons its right to take back control at any stage even if water user groups complain about bad or no service or the company does not live up to the contract The rules and regulations of the WTO see to that the authors claim Although the percentage of national water systems controlled by multi national corporations at the present time is small Barlow and Clarke want to warn of the trend and its implicationExamples are described where things have gone wrong poor uality of project implementation resulted in water pollution and environmental damage andor communities and local business lost the water supply altogether In these instances corporate water suppliers maintained their profit margin through cutting back in previously promised investments andor increasing consumer rates The latter was implemented without any regard to the capacity of the poor to pay As a result they could be cut off from the serviceBarlow and Clarke's analysis of the progression of the global water crisis and its origins is less satisfactory A reader unfamiliar with complex topic of water might find the tour d'horizon overwhelming The review of the diversity of root causes at local national and regional levels is superficial and tends to present generalizations where concrete examples would have been meaningful The tendency to paint a black and white picture with big business as the main villain sidelines other major reasons for water crises around the world Agriculture is only mentioned in passing although some 70% of all water resources are used by agriculture agribusiness and millions of small scale and mid size farmers across industrialized and developing countries Implementing water conservation methods through improved irrigation drought tolerant crops etc could lead to substantial water resource savingsRecent initiatives against global corporate water control highlighted in the section 'Fightback' are selective emphasizing well known international as well as North American cases The approach is usually confrontational with clearly identified opposing sides Examples of constructive multi stakeholder collaboration efforts in many parts of the world which attempt to tackle water scarcity are not given enough recognitionThe 'Way Forward' spells out fundamental principles and recommends a series of standards that should be included in any agreement of public private partnerships in the water delivery sphere These include the involvement of water users in the planning of the systems local stewardship and watershed protection strengthen water preservation and reclaiming of polluted water systems Underlying all these standards is the recognition of water as an essential part of life and the right of all beings to water whatever their social or economic status A call for capacity building and education of consumers communities government officials and private sector actors at all levels should be addedBLUE GOLD is an easy read maybe for some too easy considering the seriousness of the topic It covers very important ground often in an overview fashion that tends to generalize and take a black and white stand Although it is obvious that the authors did comprehensive research in preparation of the book it shows a certain lack of thoroughness by not providing citation references footnotes adeuate source listings and a bibliography or reading list