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The Price of Thirst

Global Water Inequality and the Coming Chaos

By Karen Piper
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The Price of Thirst: Global Water Inequality and the Coming Chaos by Karen Piper

In The Price of Thirst (2014), author Karen Piper reveals how private water companies have not only failed to offer universal access to clean water but also contributed to environmental degradation and political conflict amid a quest for profit.

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“Eye-opening. Before reading this I did not know that water sources can be owned by private companies and sold at a profit. I read these blinks while researching an article on the Cape Town water crisis and it offered a complementary explanation as to why large parts of the population do not have adequate access to potable water.”

– Therese, Video Producer at Blinkist

  • Environmentalists concerned with global concerns over water
  • Political scientists studying water rights issues
  • Anyone interested in the environment and climate change

Karen Piper is a professor of literature and environmental studies at the University of Missouri. She is also the author of Cartographic Fictions: Maps, Race and Identity and Left in the Dust: How Race and Politics Created a Human and Environmental Tragedy in L.A.

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