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Unquenchable America's Water Crisis and What to Do about It

ISBN-10: 1597264369
ISBN-13: 9781597264365
Edition: 2nd 2009
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Book details

List price: $29.95
Edition: 2nd
Copyright year: 2009
Publisher: Island Press
Publication date: 5/11/2009
Binding: Hardcover
Pages: 432
Size: 6.20" wide x 9.25" long x 1.00" tall
Weight: 1.826
Language: English

In the middle of the Mojave Desert, Las Vegas casinos use billions of gallons of water for fountains, pirate lagoons, wave machines, and indoor canals. Meanwhile, the town of Orme, Tennessee must truck in water from Alabama because it has literally run out. Robert Glennon captures the irony-and tragedy-of America's water crisis in a book that is both frightening and wickedly comical. From manufactured snow for tourists in Atlanta to trillions of gallons of water flushed down the toilet each year, Unquenchable reveals the heady extravagances and everyday inefficiencies that are sucking the nation dry. Glennon's answers to this crisis are fittingly provocative. He proposes market-based solutions that value water both as a commodity and a fundamental human right.

Introduction
The Crisis
Atlanta's Prayer for Water
Wealth and the Culture of Water Consumption
Our Thirst for Energy
Fouling Our Own Nests
The Crisis Masked
Real and Surreal Solutions
Business as Usual
Water Alchemists
The Ancient Mariner's Lament
Shall We Drink Pee?
Creative Conservation
Water Harvesting
Moore's Law
A New Approach
The Enigma of the Water Closet
The Diamond-Water Paradox
The Steel Deal
Privatization of Water
Take the Money and Run
The Future of Farming
Environmental Transfers
The Buffalo's Lament
Conclusion: A Blueprint for Reform
Epilogue: The Salton Sea
Acknowledgments
List of Figures
Sources
Index

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