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Water

The final resource: How the politics of water will affect the world

By William Houston and Robin Griffiths

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About the Authors

William Houston

William Houston joined the Royal Navy at the end of the Second World War and specialised in weapons. After leaving the Service, he qualified as a Chartered Engineer and in administration before embarking on a career as a 'company doctor' - advising a large range of industrial and commercial concerns.

There followed a period acting as industrial advisor to a City merchant bank. His first book ... Read more on William Houston

Robin Griffiths

Robin Griffiths joined Phillips & Drew in 1966, having taken a degree in Economics at Nottingham University. He went on to be a partner at WI Carr, the first British stock broker to have offices in Hong Kong and Tokyo. Part of this firm was acquired by Grieveson Grant, with whom Robin enjoyed a stay in Japan. In 1986 Robin joined James Capel, which was already owned by HSBC. He stayed
there ... Read more on Robin Griffiths

Contents Listing

Introduction

1. The Cycles of Climate and Water
2. Water Circulation and use: Wisdom and Madness
3. The Coming Food Deficit
4. People and Climatic Shifts
5. The Coming Wave Of Refugees
6. Prospects for Conflicts and Peace in the Middle East
7. Potential For Conflict In The East
8. Water And Technology
9. Blue Gold

Afterword
Introduction

1. The Cycles of Climate and Water
2. Water Circulation and use: Wisdom and Madness
3. The Coming Food Deficit
4. People and Climatic Shifts
5. The Coming Wave Of Refugees
6. Prospects for Conflicts and Peace in the Middle East
7. Potential For Conflict In The East
8. Water And Technology
9. Blue Gold

Afterword

Jacket Text

William Houston and Robin Griffiths - the co-authors of Future Storm who in 2006 predicted the present political, economic, commodity and climatic turmoil - have turned their attention to one of the biggest challenges being faced across the globe today: Water.

Up to the turn of the century the world's population had grown with water abundant in most developing countries.

Then everything changed.

Ocean oscillations (which affect the weather patterns) have altered, leading to droughts in areas that were expecting rain, and flooding for those previously anticipating arid conditions. The result is that around a fifth of the world's population will receive much less rain
than expected.

What effect will this have?

- A third of arable land going out of production, reducing yields and increasing prices.

- A rise in seismic activity leading to more tsunamis, earthquakes and volcanic eruptions, which in turn cause climatic shifts.

- A large increase in refugees forced to seek shelter in other countries.

- Potential conflicts over water.

- An immediate need to reduce the amount of water currently allowed to run to waste.

- An urgent need to develop and invest in recycling, desalination and intelligent irrigation and new fuels, such as hydrogen and cold fusion.

The authors address all of these issues and propose solutions to the problems we are about to face, or are already grappling with.

This book sets out the power of water to enrich or destroy the lives of millions.

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