Liquid Asset: How Business and Government Can Partner To Solve the Freshwater Crisis

Stanford Univ. Nov. 2023. 320p. ISBN 9781503632417. $30. SCI
By now, mainstream society is aware that it’s facing a water crisis, both in the United States and globally. Thompson (natural-resources law and behavioral sciences, Stanford Univ.; coauthor, Environmental Law and Policy, 5th Ed.), a senior fellow at the Woods Institute for the Environment, utilizes his expertise and background to come at the water issue from a business perspective, exploring how private companies can collaborate with public entities to solve the crisis and create a sustainable water future. Divided into four sections, the book gives an overview of the tension between the public and private sectors in water management; explains the controversy of private-sector involvement; offers potential solutions and technological innovations; and issues a call for public-private collaborations to implement changes in water management. This title covers both history and hope for the future, and Thompson makes a persuasive case for the greater involvement of the private sector in this sensitive public issue.
VERDICT Written with clarity and focus, this book tackles the water crisis from the novel perspective of private industry. A highly recommended addition to collections focused on business and the environment.
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