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    A World Without Water

    In "Dune," the science fiction classic, intergalactic conspiracies, wars and murder were all a result of a lack of water. In this age of international economic growth and prosperity, access to water is an increasingly serious problem both in developing nations and here in the United States as well. Groundwater reserves are drying up. Once considered a public resource, water rights battles are pitting multinational corporations against local communities while sales of bottled water-a frivolous luxury just a decade ago-are growing at an astounding twenty percent per year.

    In the wake of last month's World Water Day, join host Jerry Kay, publisher of the Environmental News Network as we examine the changes facing our water supply.

    This Week's Guests:

    Robert Glennon — Author, “Water Follies: Groundwater Pumping and the Fate of America’s Fresh Waters”

    Robert is the Morris K. Udall Professor of Law and Public Policy at the James E. Rogers College of Law, the University of Arizona. He has taught law at the University of Arizona since 1985 and specializes in constitutional law, American legal history and water law. His most recent book, “Water Follies: Groundwater Pumping and the Fate of America’s Fresh Waters,” was published by Island Press.

    Juliette Beck — Campaign Director, Public Citizen

    Juliette is the California Director in Public Citizen’s West Coast office. Its “Water for All Campaign” aims to protect the right to clean, affordable water by increasing public oversight and stopping the privatization of this essential resource. Prior to joining Public Citizen, Juliette worked for Global Exchange, a human rights organization, to advocate for fair and democratic trade policies that protect the environment and the rights of workers and communities. Juliette has also worked as an environmental remediation specialist for Ogiso Environmental. She received her B.S. in Environmental Studies at the University of California, Berkeley.

    More information:

  • Water Follies: Groundwater Pumping and the Fate of America’s Fresh Waters
  • Water for All Campaign — Public Citizen
  • The Pacific Institute - The World’s Water 2004-2005
  • The Polaris Institute
  • Thirst — The Movie

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