JAMES SALZMAN    Book Number: 86876    Product format: Paperback

There is no life without water, but drinking water can kill, and always has. The problem is that, apart from distilled water, no water source can ever be completely risk free, whether from the tap or bottle. The water we drink contains a lot more than just two parts hydrogen and one part oxygen. In the world of 2030, the UN estimates that more than half the world's population will live in water-scarce areas and today communal or free water sources are too far away or contaminated. The ultimate privatisation of water of course comes in the sale of disposable, personal water bottles. The medieval market for holy waters provided the original template for the commercial branding of waters and the 18th and 19th centuries developed the practice of 'taking the waters' at upscale spas such as Vichy and Bath. The introduction of chlorination in municipal water in the early 1900s led to the near collapse of the bottled water industry in America. The history of drinking water highlights the most pressing issues of our time from globalisation, social justice and commerce to terrorism, national security and technology. Bloody conflicts over the control of drinking water sources go back as far as the Bible and natural waters across many cultures have represented eternal youth, passages to the afterlife, miraculous cures and mystical wisdom. The author is Professor of Environmental Policy at Duke University, USA. His book is provocative, insightful and above all fun to read as he shows just how complex a simple glass of water can be. 320pp, paperback, 26 illus.
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ISBN 9780715647288
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Interesting but very American
from Anonymous on 04/07/2020