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Postel, Sandra

Works: 147 works in 342 publications in 8 languages and 10,833 library holdings
Genres: History  Periodicals 
Roles: Author, Editor, Creator
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Most widely held works by Sandra Postel
Rivers for life : managing water for people and nature by Sandra Postel( )

19 editions published between 2003 and 2004 in English and held by 2,542 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Outlines plans to manage the world's rivers to restore some necessary functions of river ecosystems such as absorbing pollutants, decomposing waste, producing fresh water, and redistributing sediment to create animal habitats
Last oasis : facing water scarcity by Sandra Postel( Book )

25 editions published between 1992 and 2013 in 3 languages and held by 1,429 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"Last Oasis discloses that the technologies and know-how exist today to make every drop of water go further, decreasing the likelihood of both scarcity and conflict. Postel shows us that with currently available methods, agriculture - which uses the lion's share of fresh-water resources - could cut its demands by 10-50 percent, industries by 40-90 percent, and cities by one-third. All this with no sacrifice of economic output or quality of life." "Successful, cost-effective strategies are already up and running. Boston, Massachusetts, reduced its water use 16 percent in four years, thanks largely to home water-saving devices, industrial recycling, and repairing leaks - at a cost only a third to half as much as conventional proposals to expand the supply. Some 70 percent of Israel's sewage gets treated and reused to irrigate 19,000 hectares of farmland. In Germany, state-of-the-art paper manufacturing plants use 100 times less water to produce each kilogram of paper than older factories elsewhere." "In much of the world, it turns out, ways to conserve water and use it more efficiently represent the least costly and most environmentally sound options for achieving water balance. And so far, Last Oasis discovers, they have barely been tapped." "A key challenge is to reform government policies that now price water far below its worth, perpetuating the illusion of plenty. Beyond such practical measures, Postel calls for a new water ethic - one that makes the protection of water ecosystems a central aim in all we do, and that compels us to use less whenever we can, and share what we have." "If we fail to understand the limits of water, Postel reminds us, we may learn the hard way the truth of Ben Franklin's adage, "When the well's dry, we know the worth of water.""--Jacket
Saving the planet : how to shape an environmentally sustainable global economy by Lester R Brown( Book )

24 editions published between 1991 and 1992 in 3 languages and held by 1,259 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Describes an environmental research team's plan for a global economy
Pillar of sand : can the irrigation miracle last? by Sandra Postel( Book )

13 editions published between 1999 and 2000 in English and Japanese and held by 1,019 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"In Pillar of Sand, author Sandra Postel examines the challenges to our modern irrigation society - from mounting water scarcity and salinization of soils to rising tensions between countries over shared rivers. She explores irrigation's role in the rise and fall of early civilizations and connects the lessons of the past with the challenge of making irrigation thrive into the twenty-first century and beyond." "Pillar of Sand points the way toward protecting rivers and vital ecosystems even as we aim to produce enough food for a projected 8 billion people by the year 2030. Postel shows how innovative irrigation technologies and strategies can alleviate hunger and environmental stress at the same time. And she calls for a new ethic of sufficiency and sharing in response to impending water limits."--Jacket
Replenish : the virtuous cycle of water and prosperity by Sandra Postel( Book )

8 editions published in 2017 in English and held by 679 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"Sandra Postel takes readers around the world to explore water projects that work with, rather than against, nature's rhythms. In New Mexico, forest rehabilitation is safeguarding drinking water; along the Mississippi River, farmers are planting cover crops to reduce polluted runoff; and in China, "sponge cities" are capturing rainwater to curb urban flooding. Efforts like these will be essential as climate change disrupts both weather patterns and the models on which we base our infrastructure. We will be forced to adapt. The question is whether we will continue to fight the water cycle or recognize our place in it and take advantage of the inherent services nature offers. Water, Postel writes, is a gift, the source of life itself. How will we use this greatest of gifts?"--Jacket
Dividing the waters : food security, ecosystem health, and the new politics of scarcity by Sandra Postel( Book )

12 editions published in 1996 in English and held by 626 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Reforesting the earth by Sandra Postel( Book )

9 editions published in 1988 in English and held by 563 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Air pollution, acid rain, and the future of forests by Sandra Postel( Book )

11 editions published between 1984 and 1985 in English and Dutch and held by 552 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Liquid assets : the critical need to safeguard freshwater ecosystems by Sandra Postel( Book )

10 editions published in 2005 in English and held by 526 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Water for agriculture : facing the limits by Sandra Postel( Book )

9 editions published in 1989 in English and held by 518 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Water : rethinking management in an age of scarcity by Sandra Postel( Book )

9 editions published in 1984 in English and held by 485 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Zur Rettung des Planeten Erde : Strategien für eine ökologisch nachhaltige Weltwirtschaft ; eine Publikation des Worldwatch-Instituts by Lester R Brown( Book )

4 editions published in 1992 in German and held by 91 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Le Défi planétaire : pour une économie mondiale, écologique et durable by Lester R Brown( Book )

3 editions published in 1992 in French and held by 43 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Die letzte Oase : der Kampf um das Wasser by Sandra Postel( Book )

5 editions published in 1993 in German and held by 39 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Gut verständliche Darstellung von Wasserknappheit, Wasserrecycling, Abwasserverwertung u.a.m. in allen Ländern der Erde
The Last Oasis : Facing Water Scarcity by Sandra Postel( )

2 editions published in 2014 in English and held by 36 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

For decades now we have wasted and mismanaged the world?s water supplies. Today, 27 countries are short of water, a quarter of the world?s population has no safe water, 46 per cent have no proper sanitation and each year four million children die of water-borne diseases. As most of the world?s major river systems cross several national boundaries, the scope disputes and the threat to international security is becoming more and more real. In The Last Oasis, Sandra Postel examines the economic, ecological and political factors affecting fresh water supply. She confronts the issues of mismanagemen
La salvación del planeta : cómo desarrollar una economía global para el medio ambiente by Lester R Brown( Book )

7 editions published in 1992 in Spanish and held by 28 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

State of the world, 1990 : a Worldwatch Institute report on progress toward a sustainable society by Lester R Brown( Book )

4 editions published between 1990 and 1994 in English and held by 26 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Worldwatch Institute's seventh annual assessment of the earth's health focuses on major policy initiatives needed to stabilize the climate, improve air quality, and reduce poverty. Suggests a wholesale reordering of government priorities
Quality of life in the global environment : sharing the earth's water supply( Book )

1 edition published in 1997 in English and held by 23 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

A discussion of the environmental aspects of world water policy. Extended discussion of water policy problems associated with the Colorado River and the Everglades is used to provide examples of complex water-supply problems
The sustainable use of water in the lower Colorado River Basin by Jason I Morrison( Book )

2 editions published in 1996 in English and held by 21 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Zemlja 1993 : poročilo Inštituta Wordwatch o prizadevanjih za okolju prijazno družbo( Book )

1 edition published in 1993 in Slovenian and held by 20 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

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Saving the planet : how to shape an environmentally sustainable global economy
Last oasis : facing water scarcitySaving the planet : how to shape an environmentally sustainable global economyPillar of sand : can the irrigation miracle last?Air pollution, acid rain, and the future of forests
Alternative Names
Būstil, Sāndrā.

Postel, Sandra L.

Posuteru, Sandora.

Sandra Postel American scientist

ساندرا بوستيل

포스텔, 샌드라

ポステル, サンドラ