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When the Rivers Run Dry

When the Rivers Run Dry

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Written by Fred PearceAuthor Alerts:  Random House will alert you to new works by Fred Pearce

  • Format: Trade Paperback, 336 pages
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  • Publisher: Beacon Press
  • On Sale: March 15, 2007
  • Price: $16.00
  • ISBN: 978-0-8070-8573-8 (0-8070-8573-1)
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Named as one of the Top 50 Sustainability Books by University of Cambridge’s Programme for Sustainability Leadership and Greenleaf Publishing.

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