Wintersalen Sale
 
 

Special Offers see all

Enter to WIN a $100 Credit

Subscribe to PowellsBooks.news
for a chance to win.
Privacy Policy

Tour our stores


    Recently Viewed clear list


    Original Essays | September 30, 2014

    Benjamin Parzybok: IMG A Brief History of Video Games Played by Mayors, Presidents, and Emperors



    Brandon Bartlett, the fictional mayor of Portland in my novel Sherwood Nation, is addicted to playing video games. In a city he's all but lost... Continue »

    spacer
Qualifying orders ship free.
$7.50
List price: $16.00
Used Trade Paper
Ships in 1 to 3 days
Add to Wishlist
Qty Store Section
1 Local Warehouse Environmental Studies- General

This title in other editions

Water: The Fate of Our Most Precious Resource

by

Water: The Fate of Our Most Precious Resource Cover

 

Synopses & Reviews

Publisher Comments:

In his award-winning book WATER, Marq de Villiers provides an eye-opening account of how we are using, misusing, and abusing our planet's most vital resource. Encompassing ecological, historical, and cultural perspectives, de Villiers reports from hot spots as diverse as China, Las Vegas, and the Middle East, where swelling populations and unchecked development have stressed fresh water supplies nearly beyond remedy. Political struggles for control of water rage around the globe, and rampant pollution daily poses dire ecological theats. With one eye on these looming crises and the other on the history of our dependence on our planet's most precious commodity, de Villiers has crafted a powerful narrative about the lifeblood of civilizations that will be "a wake-up call for concerned citizens, environmentalists, policymakers, and water drinkers everywhere" (Publishers Weekly).

Synopsis:

De Villiers reports from hot spots as diverse as China, Las Vegas and the Middle East, where he has crafted a powerful narrative about the lifeblood of civilizations, the global consequences of human thirst, and solutions that may avert the coming water wars. 2 maps.

About the Author

Marq de Villiers is the author of six books on exploration, history, politics, and travel, including INTO AFRICE: A JOURNEY THROUGH THE ANCIENT EMPIRES and WITH TRIBE DREAMING, his award-winning memoir of growing up in South Africa. He resides in Nove Scotia, Canada.

Table of Contents

Contents acknowledgments / viii preface / xiii Part I The Where, What, and How Much of the Water World 1 /Water in Peril / 3 Is the crisis looming,or has it already loomed?

2 / The Natural Dispensation / 27 Who has how much,and whos running out?

3 /Water in History / 46 Some things never change: how humans have always discovered, diverted, accumulated, regulated, hoarded,and misused water Part II Remaking the Water World 4 / Climate, Weather, and Water / 67 Are we changing the first, and will changes to the other two necessarily follow?

5 / Unnatural Selection / 85 Contamination, degradation, pollution, and other human gifts to the hydrosphere 6 / The Aral Sea / 105 An object lesson in the principle of unforeseen consequences 7 / To Give a Dam / 117 Dams are clean, safe, and store water for use in bad years, so why have they suddenly become anathema?

8 / The Problem with Irrigation / 136 Irrigated lands are shrinking, and irrigation is joining dams on an ecologists hit list. Why?

9 / Shrinking Aquifers / 146 If water mines ever run out, what then?

10 / The Reengineered River / 166 If you turn a river into a sewer, you can turn it back into a river again Part III The Politics of Water 11 / The Middle East / 185 If the water burden really is a zero-sum game, how do we get past the arithmetic?

12 / The Tigris-Euphrates System / 204 Shoot an arrow of peace into the air, and get a quiverful of suspicions and paranoias in return 13 / The Nile / 216 With Egypt adding another million people every nine months, demand is already in critical conflict with supply. Another zero-sum game?

14 / The United States and Its Neighbors / 231 In the ménage r trois of Canada, Mexico, and the United States, who is the seducer and who the seducee?

15 / The Chinese Dilemma / 263 China is not running out of water, except in places where water is needed most Part IV What Is to Be Done?

16 / Solutions and Manifestos / 275 If youre short of water, the choices are stark: conservation, technological invention, or the politics of violence notes / 317 bibliography / 331 index / 339

Product Details

ISBN:
9780618127443
Author:
de Villiers, Marq
Publisher:
Mariner Books
Author:
Villiers, Marq De
Author:
de Villers, Marq
Author:
de Villiers,
Author:
Marq
Author:
de Villiers, Marq
Location:
Boston
Subject:
Fish
Subject:
Environmental Science
Subject:
Environmental Conservation & Protection
Subject:
Natural Resources
Subject:
Engineering - Environmental
Subject:
Water
Subject:
Pollution
Subject:
Water-supply
Subject:
Environmental - Water Supply
Subject:
Water -- Pollution.
Subject:
Animals - Fish
Subject:
Environmental Engineering-Water Supply
Copyright:
Edition Description:
Trade Paper
Publication Date:
July 2001
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Pages:
368
Dimensions:
8.20x5.50x.90 in. .80 lbs.

Other books you might like

  1. Blue Gold: The Fight to Stop the... Used Trade Paper $6.95
  2. Water Wars Used Trade Paper $7.50
  3. Troubled Water (04 Edition) Used Trade Paper $10.00
  4. The Secret Knowledge of Water Signed... Used Hardcover $17.95
  5. Watershed: The Undamming of America Used Hardcover $7.50
  6. Water Follies: Groundwater Pumping...
    Used Trade Paper $14.00

Related Subjects

Engineering » Environmental Engineering » Water Supply
History and Social Science » Geography » Water and Hydrology
Science and Mathematics » Environmental Studies » Air and Water
Science and Mathematics » Environmental Studies » Environment
Science and Mathematics » Environmental Studies » General
Science and Mathematics » Nature Studies » Fish
Science and Mathematics » Oceanography » Fish

Water: The Fate of Our Most Precious Resource Used Trade Paper
0 stars - 0 reviews
$7.50 In Stock
Product details 368 pages Mariner Books - English 9780618127443 Reviews:
"Synopsis" by , De Villiers reports from hot spots as diverse as China, Las Vegas and the Middle East, where he has crafted a powerful narrative about the lifeblood of civilizations, the global consequences of human thirst, and solutions that may avert the coming water wars. 2 maps.
spacer
spacer
  • back to top

FOLLOW US ON...

     
Powell's City of Books is an independent bookstore in Portland, Oregon, that fills a whole city block with more than a million new, used, and out of print books. Shop those shelves — plus literally millions more books, DVDs, and gifts — here at Powells.com.