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When the Rivers Run Dry

Water--The Defining Crisis of the Twenty-First Century

by Fred Pearce

When the Rivers Run Dry
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    Mar 2006, 320 pages
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    Mar 2007, 336 pages

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Powerful imagery, penetrating analyses, and passionate advocacy make this required reading

Pearce traveled around the world, visiting more than thirty countries, to research When The Rivers Run Dry, and the report he brings back is, to be honest, pretty depressing but nonetheless very important to know about. From the Indus in Pakistan, to the Yangzte in China and to the Colorado River in the US, not forgetting the Amazon, the Nile and the Congo - the majority of the world's great waterways, and thus the huge populations who rely on them, are in crisis; and it's not just the rivers themselves but the vast underground reservoirs that are being drained too.

The solution isn't easy but, according to Pearce, it is possible - we need to change how we think of water - instead of thinking of water as an endlessly renewal source that falls from the sky we need to think of it as a limited and precious resource that needs to be conserved - and he's not talking ...

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