Global Freshwater Resources: Soft-Path Solutions for the 21st Century

  title={Global Freshwater Resources: Soft-Path Solutions for the 21st Century},
  author={Peter H. Gleick},
  pages={1524 - 1528}
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  • Published 28 November 2003
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