When the Rivers Run Dry : Water--The Defining Crisis of the Twenty-First Century

ISBN-10: 0807085723

ISBN-13: 9780807085721

Edition: 2006

Authors: Fred Pearce
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Description: It was with the Colorado River that engineers first learned to control great rivers. But now the Colorado"s reservoirs are two-thirds empty. Great rivers like the Indus and the Nile, the Rio Grande and the Yellow River are running on empty. And economists say that by 2025, water scarcity will cut global food production by more than the current U.S. grain harvest. Veteran science correspondent Fred Pearce traveled to more than thirty countries while researching When the Rivers Run Dry; it is our most complete portrait yet of the growing world water crisis. Deftly weaving together the complicated scientific, economic, and historical dimensions of the crisis, he shows us its complex origins, from waste to wrong-headed engineering projects to high-yield crop varieties that have kept developing countries from starvation but are now emptying their water reserves. And Pearce"s vivid reportage reveals the personal stories behind failing rivers, barren fields, desertification, water wars, floods, and even the death of cultures. Finally, Pearce argues that the solution to the growing worldwide water shortage is not more and bigger dams but greater efficiency and a new water ethic based on managing the water cycle for maximum social benefit rather than narrow self-interest.

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Copyright year: 2006
Publisher: Beacon Press
Publication date: 3/9/2006
Binding: Hardcover
Pages: 336
Size: 6.25" wide x 9.25" long x 1.25" tall
Weight: 1.430
Language: English

Fred Pearce was born and educated in the UK. He studied Geography at Cambridge University and has since reported on environment, science and development issues from 54 countries. He is a regular broadcaster on radio and TV, with interview credits from Today to Richard and Judy to the Open University. Fred is married with two children and lives in London.

Introduction
When the rivers run dry...the crops fail
The Human Sponge
North America: Crossing the Rio Grande
Riding the Water Cycle
Pakistan: The Unhappy Valley
When the rivers run dry...we mine our children's water
India: A Colossal Anarchy
Halliburton's Job for Qaddafi
The World's Largest Mass Poisoning
Mirages
When the rivers run dry...the wet places die
The Common Wealth
Lake Chad: Tragedy of the Floodplains
Seas of Death
Mekong: Feel the Pulse
When the rivers run dry...floods may not be far behind
China: The Hanging River
Changing Climate
When the rivers run dry...engineers pour concrete
Wonders of the World
Sun, Silt, and Stagnant Ponds
Dams That Cause Floods
When the rivers run dry...men go to war over water
Palestine: Poisoning the Wells of Peace
The First Modern Water War
Swords of Damocles
When the rivers run dry...civilizations fall
Elisha's Spring and the Mysteries of Angkor
Losing the West
Aral Sea: The End of the World
When the rivers run dry...we go looking for new water
Taking the Water to the People
Sewage on Tap
Closed Basins and Closed Minds
Out of Thin Air
When the rivers run dry...we try to catch the rain
Catch the Rain
On the Grapevine
Unfailing Springs
When the rivers run dry...we go with the flow
Learning to Love the Floods
Freeing Saddam's Captives
More Crop Per Drop
Water Ethics
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