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When the Rivers Run Dry: Water--The Defining Crisis of the Twenty-first Centuryby Fred Pearce
Synopses & Reviews
Fred Pearce is environment consultant at New Scientist and a weekly columnist and investigative journalist for the Guardian. He has also written for Audubon, Popular Science, Time, theBoston Globe, and Natural History. His books include The Coming Population Crash, Confessions of an Eco-Sinner, With Speed and Violence, When the Rivers Run Dry, Keepers of the Spring, Turning Up the Heat, and Deep Jungle. Pearce lives in England.
Traveling to more than thirty countries to define the scientific, economic, and historical dimensions of the water crisis, offers a solution based on managing the water cycle for the maximum social good, rather than pure self-interest.
In this groundbreaking book, veteran science correspondent Fred Pearce travels to more than thirty countries to examine the current state of crucial water sources. Deftly weaving together the complicatedscientific, economic, and historic dimensions of the world water crisis, he provides our most complete portrait yet of this growing danger and its ramifications for us all.
About the Author
Fred Pearce is a former news editor at New Scientist. Currently that magazine's environment and development consultant, he has also written for Audubon, Popular Science, Time, the Boston Globe, and Natural History. His books include With Speed and Violence, When the Rivers Run Dry, Keepers of the Spring, Turning Up the Heat, and Deep Jungle. He lives in England.
Table of Contents
1. The human sponge — 2. North America : crossing the Rio Grande — 3. Riding the water cycle — 4. Pakistan : the unhappy valley — 5. India : a colossal anarchy — 6. Halliburton's job for Qaddafi — 7. The world's largest mass poisoning — 8. Mirages — 9. The common wealth — 10. Lake Chad : tragedy of the floodplains — 11. Seas of death — 12. Mekong : feel of the pulse — 13. China : the hanging river — 14. Changing climate — 15. Wonders of the world — 16. Sun, silt, and stagnant ponds — 17. Dams that cause floods — 18. Palestine : poisoning the wells of peace — 19. The first modern water war — 20. Swords of Damocles — 21. Elisha's spring and the mysteries of Angkor — 22. Losing the west — 23. Aral sea : the end of the world — 24. Taking the water to the people — 25. Sewage on tap — 26. Closed basins and closed minds — 27. Out of thin air — 28. Catch the rain — 29. On the grapevine — 30. Unfailing springs — 31. Learning to love the floods — 32. Freeing Saddam's captives — 33. More crop per drop — 34. Water ethics.
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