The Mediterranean region is rich in beauty, history and culture. But a most basic resource – water – is getting scarcer every day. Already, 20 million people in the southeastern Mediterranean have no access to clean drinking water, and only 55 percent of large coastal cities have sewage treatment facilities. Meanwhile, the population is growing rapidly.
Gail Holst-Warhaft, director of Cornell’s Instutute for European Studies and the Mediterranean Studies Initiative, and Tammo Steenhuis, Cornell professor of biological and environmental engineering, explore the issue in depth in “Losing Paradise: The Water Crisis in the Mediterranean.”
– Lauren Gold