25 November 2014

The Price of Thirst: Global Water Inequality and the Coming Chaos

For the week of November 30th, 2014

Nearly 800 Million people worldwide lack access to clean water. In response, a number of local governments are turning to private companies to build infrastructure and manage public water systems. But some are questioning whether our most essential natural resource should be sold for profit. On this week’s Access Minnesota, we talk with University of Missouri professor Karen Piper, author of “The Price of Thirst: Global Water Inequality and the Coming Chaos.”

  • Issues:

    Part 1 – Piper’s background; The author’s 7 year journey writing ‘The Price of Thirst’; The colonial roots of water privatization; The companies involved in privatization; Regulations on these companies; How the International Monetary Fund encourages this practice

    Part 2 – The sources of future water shortages; Nanotechnologies and desalinization as a potential solution; Why these problems will get worse before they get better; The global aspect of these issues; Steps we can take to reverse these trends

  • Part 1

    Part 1

  • Part 2

    Part 2