The World’s Water 2004-2005: The Biennial Report on Freshwater Resources
Edited by Peter Gleick
320 pages, softcover $35.
Island Press, 2004.

The fourth installment of this annual report covers water issues that span the globe. Gleick — president of the Pacific Institute for Studies in Development, Environment, and Security — and other water brainiacs contemplate climate change and water in California, urban water conservation, and Third World groundwater development, which offers farmers a path beyond subsistence, but poses huge management and sustainability challenges.