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Title : 11.S196 Global Freshwater Crisis (MIT)

Description : For the first time in history, the global demand for freshwater is overtaking its supply in many parts of the world. The U.N. predicts that by 2025, more than half of the countries in the world will be experiencing water stress or outright shortages. Lack of water can cause disease, food shortages, starvation, migrations, political conflict, and even lead to war. Models of cooperation, both historic and contemporary, show the way forward. The first half of the course details the multiple facets of the water crisis. Topics include water systems, water transfers, dams, pollution, climate change, scarcity, water conflict/cooperation, food security, and agriculture. The second half of the course describes innovative solutions: Adaptive technologies and adaptation through policy, planning, mana

Fromsemester : Spring

Fromyear : 2011

Creator :

Date : 2011-12-28T15:54:18+05:00

Relation : 11.S196

Relation : 11.191

Language : en-US

Subject : Freshwater

Subject : water shortage

Subject : water systems

Subject : water transfers

Subject : dams

Subject : pollution

Subject : climate change

Subject : scarcity

Subject : water conflict/cooperation

Subject : food security

Subject : agriculture

Publisher : MIT OpenCourseWare

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