Reference Shelf: National Debate Topic, 2021-2022: Water Resources
All life on Earth depends on water and, for humanity, water is the key to all civilization. In the modern world, humans consume vast quantities of water and waste even more, and this repeated pattern of overuse is leading to a serious and potentially existential water crisis. In this volume of The Reference Shelf, selected publications from a variety of sources discuss issues related to water conservation and preservation. In addition to looking at how states and the federal government can use laws and policies to preserve water, it examines how citizens can participate in this effort, locally and at the global level. Also discussed will be the role of research and scientific development in both water conservation and water reclamation. Finally, the environmental factors affecting water resources will be discussed, including droughts, floods, and the ongoing impact of climate change.