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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (372 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Charles Fishman Narrator: Stephen Hoye Publisher: Tantor Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date:
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The water coming out of your tap is four billion years old and might have been slurped by a Tyrannosaurus Rex. We will always have exactly as much water on Earth as we have ever had. Water cannot be destroyed, and it can always be made clean enough for drinking again. In fact, water can be made so clean that it actually becomes toxic.

As Charles Fishman brings vibrantly to life in this delightful narrative excursion, water runs our world in a host of awe-inspiring ways, which is both the promise and the peril of our unexplored connections to it. Taking listeners from the wet moons of Saturn to the water-obsessed hotels of Las Vegas, from a rice farm in the Australian outback to a glimpse into giant vats of soup at Campbell’s largest factory, he reveals that our relationship to water is conflicted, irrational, neglected, and mismanaged. Whether we will face a water scarcity crisis has little to do with water and everything to do with how we think about water—how we use it, connect with it, and understand it.

Portraying and explaining both the dangers—in 2008, Atlanta came just ninety days from running completely out of drinking water—and the opportunities, such as advances in rainwater harvesting and businesses that are making huge breakthroughs in water productivity, The Big Thirst will forever change the way we think about water, our crucial relationship to it, and the creativity we can bring to ensuring we always have plenty of it.

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  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Bob | 2/11/2014

    " There are lots of statistics in this book. I am very aware of water's importance. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 by Patrick | 2/11/2014

    " Water is waaay undervalued, but falling asleep a few times while reading... Maybe I've been working too hard, but some good research about water could be delivered better. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 by Alex | 1/22/2014

    " Hate it. Hate it. The product of over 200 pages. If you took every rephrased sentence out of there. It would be 20 pages. Wow. Just wow. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Audrey | 1/16/2014

    " Excellent book. Everyone should read it to get a better sense of our relationship to the water on earth. "

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