Water The Fate of Our Most Precious Resource

ISBN-10: 0618127445

ISBN-13: 9780618127443

Edition: 2001

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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).
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Book details

List price: $16.00
Copyright year: 2001
Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company
Publication date: 7/12/2001
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 368
Size: 5.75" wide x 8.50" long x 1.00" tall
Weight: 0.770
Language: English

Marq De Milliers is the author of six books on travel, exploration, history, & contemporary politics, including "Into Africa: A Journey Through the Ancient Empires" & "White Tribe Dreaming", his award-winning memoir of growing up in South Africa. He lives in Nova Scotia.

Acknowledgments
Preface
The Where, What, and How Much of the Water World
Water in Peril
The Natural Dispensation
Water in History
Remaking the Water World
Climate, Weather, and Water
Unnatural Selection
The Aral Sea
To Give a Dam
The Problem with Irrigation
Shrinking Aquifers
The Reengineered River
The Politics of Water
The Middle East
The Tigris-Euphrates System
The Nile
The United States and Its Neighbors
The Chinese Dilemma
What Is to Be Done?
Solutions and Manifestos
Notes
Bibliography
Index
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