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CRP 109.01 - Assignment #4b October 17, 2007 Draft #2 Water Crisis Solutions - Separating the Viable and Unbiased from the Impossible and Partial Humans, plants, animals, and all other living organisms depend on water. With that said, so long as life continues to exist on Earth, the global water crisis will never disappear unless something is done. The eight readings under evaluation share the common belief that humans will be those who eliminate the global water crisis, but the similarities stop there. The authors present very different solutions to the global water crisis. While one believes more efficient water use is the best solution to the global water crisis, another may disagree and assert that the only sure way to eliminate the global water crisis is to understand water values and empower women. All the arguments, though entirely different, are supported by evidence and are written well; however, when researching the authors separately using popular Internet search engines, some possible biases are uncovered. Certain authors of the reports are prominent figures in the financial world, while another belongs to The Pacific Institute for Studies in Development, Environment, and Security. These affiliations could easily influence how an author presents his evidence or organizes his report. When looking at the global water crisis solutions that are presented in the readings, only one author’s solutions appear to be feasible and unbiased. William Cosgrove and Frank Rijsberman, authors of the World Water Vision, base much of their solutions to the global water crisis on postulation. The men believe that the future of the water crisis “depends on the interaction of numerous factors over the next several years” (“Water Futures” 24). How these factors are addressed in the coming years could lead either to a business 1
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as usual lifestyle, life involving sustainable development, or a lifestyle in which the private sector leads research and development. While this may be true, the authors are, in a sense, predicting the future, so their entire argument is questionable. Cosgrove and Rijsberman could have easily missed other factors that may greatly contribute to water scarcity in the future, like global warming or other climate phenomena. Not only do Cosgrove and Rijsberman fallaciously theorize in their writing, but the information they give cannot be trusted because it is tainted with bias. The bias can easily be seen in Chapter 4 of World Water Vision , entitled “Our Vision of Water and Life in 2025.” It is in this chapter that Cosgrove and Rijsberman discuss the five necessary adjustments to ending the water crisis: the recognition of the water crisis, the integration of land and water resource management with stakeholder representation, full-cost pricing for water services, more public funding for research and innovation, and increased cooperation in international basins (“Our
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