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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (290 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Fred Pearce Narrator: Tony Craine Publisher: Polity Audio LLC Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date:
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Throughout history, rivers have been our foremost source of fresh water both for agriculture and for individual consumption, but now economists say that by 2025 water scarcity will cut global food production by more than the current U.S. grain harvest.

In this groundbreaking book, veteran science correspondent Fred Pearce focuses on the dire state of the world's rivers to provide our most complete portrait yet of the growing world water crisis and its ramifications for us all.

Pearce traveled to more than 30 countries examining the current state of crucial water sources like the Indus River in Pakistan, the Colorado River in the U.S., and the Yellow and Yangtze rivers in China. Pearce deftly weaves together the complicated scientific, economic, and historic dimensions of the water crisis, showing us its complex origins - from waste to wrong-headed engineering projects to high-yield crop varieties that have saved developing countries from starvation but are now emptying their water reserves. He reveals the most daunting water issues we face today, among them the threat of flooding in China's Yellow River, where rising silt levels will prevent dikes from containing floodwaters; the impoverishment of Pakistan's Sindh, a once-fertile farming valley now destroyed by the 15 million tons of salt that the much-depleted Indus deposits annually on the land but cannot remove; the disappearing Colorado River, whose reservoirs were once the lifeblood of seven states but which could easily dry as overuse continues; and the poisoned springs of Palestine and the Jordan River, where Israeli control of the water supply has only fed conflict between Israelis and Palestinians.

The situation is dire, but not without remedy. Pearce argues that the solution to the growing worldwide water shortage is not more and bigger dams, but a greater efficiency and a new water ethic based on managing the water cycle for maximum social benefit rather than narrow self-interest.... Download and start listening now!


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  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Roger | 2/20/2014

    " In view of the drought in the southeast this book is a real eye opener. We are not alone and the problem is not getting any easier to solve. After reading this book I am beginning to think that we should not let the engineers get anywhere near our rivers or other water sources. Also, if we are going to 'help' less fortunate nations drill wells we should at least test the water before they use it. What has happened in India and other regions where the UN and private charities have helped drill wells is very sad if not criminal. The book is not without solutions. But we all need to pay attention to this crisis. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Brooke | 2/19/2014

    " This book is a great overview of the history and complex present-day challenges facing many of the world's largest river basins. My complaint is that Pearce did not cite any of his sources nor did he include a notes section at the end of his book, which makes it difficult to evaluate. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Mlg | 2/19/2014

    " Global look at the looming water shortage that is beginning to hit the planet. Pearce details where humans have made mistakes and what solutions are workable. The book is a wake up call since everyone is likely to be affected. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Hannah Z. | 2/14/2014

    " long and slow, but very interesting and well researched. a wake up call. "

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