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

ISBN-10: 0807085731

ISBN-13: 9780807085738

Edition: 2007

Authors: Fred Pearce

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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 complicated scientific, 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. "A strong--and scary--case that a worldwide water shortage is the most fearful looming environmental crisis. With a drumbeat of facts both horrific (thousands of wells in India and Bangladesh are poisoned by fluoride and arsenic) and fascinating (it takes 20 tons of water to make one pound of coffee), the former New Scientist news editor documents a 'kind of cataclysm' already affecting many of the world's great rivers." --Publishers Weekly, starred review "Oil we can replace. Water we can't--which is why this book is both so ominous and so important." --Bill McKibben, author of The End of Nature "An enriching and farsighted work." --Jai Singh, San Francisco Chronicle "Pearce cogently presents the alarming ways in which this ecological emergency is affecting population centers, human health, food production, wildlife habitats, and species viability. Having crisscrossed the globe to research the economic, scientific, cultural, and political causes and ramifications of this under publicized tragedy, Pearce's powerful imagery, penetrating analyses, and passionate advocacy make this required reading for environmental proponents and civic leaders everywhere." --Booklist "If you want to quickly get up to date on climate change and its consequences, I recommend With Speed and Violence: WhyScientists Fear Tipping Points in Climate Change. If you can read only one book on climate change, this is it." --Lester Brown, president, Earth Policy Institute ." . . perhaps it is time for you to spend some time with Fred Pearce and his wonderful When the Rivers Run Dry." --Daily Kos, July Review Fred Pearce has been writing about water issues for over twenty years. A former news editor at New Scientist and currently its 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, Turning Up the Heat, and Deep Jungle.
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Book details

Copyright year: 2007
Publisher: Beacon Press
Publication date: 3/15/2007
Binding: Perfect 
Pages: 336
Size: 6.00" wide x 8.75" long x 0.75" tall
Weight: 1.210
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.

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