Running Out of Water: The Looming Crisis and Solutions to Conserve Our Most Precious Resource

Running Out of Water: The Looming Crisis and Solutions to Conserve Our Most Precious Resource

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By (author) Peter Rogers, By (author) Susan Leal, Foreword by Edward J. Markey

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  • Publisher: Palgrave MacMillan
  • Format: Hardback | 256 pages
  • Dimensions: 163mm x 234mm x 28mm | 431g
  • Publication date: 14 September 2010
  • Publication City/Country: Basingstoke
  • ISBN 10: 0230615643
  • ISBN 13: 9780230615649
  • Illustrations note: Illustrations, maps
  • Sales rank: 435,244

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While many believe that water is a renewable resource that will never go away, the truth is the availability of this essential element is delining. Global warming creates moonscapes where there were once snow packed mountains. Population growth has pushed demand straining our current supply almost ensuring that water will become as coveted as oil in the 21st century. As our supply of this precious resource declines, there are critical answers to answer: Can we learn to conserve? Can we find ways to renew this resource? Do we have the political will to act wisely before it is too late? Peter Rogers and Susan Leal are experts who have decades of experience between them dealing with the conversation and protection this precious resource. Through the use of case studies or "success stories", Rogers and Leal explain in accessible terms the water world with its all scientific, economic and political complications. With these success stories, they provide a prescription to address this crisis and manage future needs. Deftly weaving science, politics, economics and human foibles, Running Out of Water offers a comprehensive look at the crisis - from the West coast where mighty rivers are being diverted for California's agriculture to Gulf coast of Florida where the snowbird retreats have grown into major metro areas outpacing their natural resources; to the traditionally thirsty parts of the world like southern India where the water is available but infrastructure to take it to the tap is limited or nonexistent. Focusing on solutions, Running out of Water lays out the political leadership, policy action and technology tools required to sustain out water supplies.

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PETER ROGERS is a leading water expert and Professor of Environmental Engineering at Harvard University, USA and a Senior Advisor to the Global Water Partnership. He has worked in over twenty-five countries on the issue of water shortage and was awarded the Warren Hall Prize from the Universities Council on Water Resources. He has written for many scientific journals including Scientific American on this subject, and has received a Guggenheim, and a Twentieth Century Fellowship. SUSAN LEAL is the former General Manager of the San Francisco Public Utilities Commission, USA. While running this large water and power utility, she established the first Climate Change consortium of U.S. water utilities. Leal is currently a Fellow of the Advanced Leadership Initiative at Harvard University, USA and heads an environmental consulting firm based in San Francisco, California. She also has held elected and appointed offices in California.

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"["Running Out of Water's"] excellent thumbnail introduction to the economics of water makes clear why the market cannot adequately allocate water resources...Presenting a wide range of both private and government-initiated efforts to manage water resources, [Rogers and Leal] offer a kind of how-to manual based on best practices...The great strength of Rogers and Leal's book is its inclusion of cases that are about the unmentionable side of water: sewage."--"Foreign Affairs""A well-written, interesting read...highly recommended."--"Choice""Very straightforward...A few hours with this book, and you'll be able to dominate any party conversation about water. And, even more, you'll want to read -- and think -- more about this most precious of all liquids."--Jesse Kornbluth, The Huffington Post"Peter Rogers and Susan Leal get to grips with how we can keep the taps flowing, showcasing such solutions as "toilet-to-tap" sewage recycling in Singapore, water trading in Australia and smarter irrigation systems in the US...bravely make the case for well-regulated water privatisation...They have got the bottom line right, though: the water crisis is of our own making. There is enough of the stuff to go around."--Fred Pearce, for New Scientist's Culture Lab"This wonderful book you now hold in your hands...will introduce you to leaders around the world who are finding creative solutions for conserving and protecting our water supply...A call to action as well as a celebration of the progress already under way. "Running Out of Water" offers hope and guidance for getting that crucial job done."--from the foreword by Congressman Edward J. Markey"An admirably clear exposition of the lamentable state of the planet's water. But this book is more than just lamentations and excoriations. I particularly liked Rogers and Leal's selection of eminently sensible, easily replicable, scalable solutions, and their sense that yes, the water world can be fixed."--Marq de Villiers, author o

Table of contents

Turn the Tap and Out Comes the Water Making it Last: Using Technology to Recycle Water Taming the Big User: Improving Agricultural Efficiency Wanted: Our Involvement Valuing an Extremely Complicated Resource Leads to Wise Use Waste Not Want Not Trans-Boundary Rivers Water that Lasts a Thousand Years: Bottled Water Conclusion: So, Now What