Title Quality Unknown
Subtitle The Invisible Water Crisis
Author Richard Damania, Sébastien Desbureaux, Aude-Sophie Rodella, Jason Russ, Esha Zaveri
ISBN 9781464814594
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Binding Paperback
No of pages 142
Book size 152 x 228 mm
Publishing year 2019
Original publisher The World Bank
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Water quantity—too much in the case of floods, or too little in the case of droughts—grabs public attention and the media spotlight. Water quality—being predominantly invisible and hard to detect—goes largely unnoticed. Quality Unknown: The Invisible Water Crisis presents new evidence and new data that call urgent attention to the hidden dangers lying beneath water’s surface. It shows how poor water quality stalls economic progress, stymies human potential, and reduces food production.

Quality Unknown examines the effects of water quality on economic growth and finds that upstream pollution lowers growth in downstream regions. It reveals that some of the most ubiquitous contaminants in water, such as nitrates and salt, have impacts that are larger, deeper, and wider than has been acknowledged. And it traces the damage to crop yields and the stark implications for food security in affected regions.

An important step toward tackling the world’s water quality challenge is recognizing its scale. The world needs reliable, accurate, and comprehensive information so that policy makers can have new insights, decision making can be evidence based, and citizens can call for action. The report calls for a paradigm shift that emphasizes safer, and often more cost-effective remedies that prevent pollution by combining smarter policies with newer technologies. A key message of Quality Unknown is that such solutions exist and change is possible.



Executive Summary

Chapter 1: Unseen Threats And Unknown Costs • Don’t Count on Growing Out of It • Ignorance Is Not Bliss • How Much Does It Cost? • Sunlight Is the Best Disinfectant • Structure of the Report • Notes • References

Chapter 2: Healthy, Wealthy, And Wise • From Toilet to Tap: Water Quality and SDG 6.2 • Nitrogen Pollution: Bread from Air or Toxic Plumes? • Salt Pollution: A Pinch Too Much? • Known Unknowns and a Shroud of Uncertainty• Annex 2A: The Many Uncertainties Of Arsenic Contamination In Drinking Water • Notes • References

Chapter 3: Salt of The Earth • Quantifying the Sensitivity of Agricultural Production to Salinity • Implications for Food Security • Toxic Water, Toxic Crops • The Way Forward • Notes • References

Chapter 4: Water Quality And Its Determinants • Gasping for Air • Global Assessment of the Drivers of Environmental Water Quality • The Way Forward • Notes • References

Chapter 5: Emerging Pollutants, Everlasting Concerns Microplastics And Pharmaceuticals • Profusion of Plastics • Pharmafication of Water Supplies: A Prescription for Disaster • Solutions Remain Elusive • Notes • References

Chapter 6: Policies To Tame A Wicked Problem • A Wicked Problem • The Toolbox: Three Main Approaches • Evidence of Policy Effectiveness • The Prerequisites for Success • The Way Forward • Conclusions • Notes • References

About the Authors:

Richard Damania is the global lead economist in the World Bank’s Water Practice. Prior to this he was the lead economist of the Africa Sustainable Development Department with responsibility for infrastructure, environment, and social issues. He has also served as lead economist in the South Asia and Latin America and Caribbean Regions of the World Bank. Before joining the World Bank he was at the University of Adelaide in Australia. He has held numerous advisory positions at government and international organizations and serves on the editorial board of several academic journals in natural resource economics.

Jason Russ is an economist in the World Bank’s Water Practice. Since joining the Bank in 2012, he has been working on research related to the fields of sustainable development, transport economics, and the economics of water. Prior to joining the World Bank, he was a consultant at PricewaterhouseCoopers. He earned a BA degree from University of Maryland, College Park, an MA degree in economics from Fordham University, and is currently a candidate for the PhD degree in the economics department at George Washington University.

Esha Zaveri is a Postdoctoral Research Fellow at the Center on Food Security and the Environment & Department of Earth System Science, Stanford University.

Target Audience:

This book will be useful to people interested in knowing the effects of water quality on economic growth, environmentalists, economists, water resource management, pollution control and development.

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