Water

Water : Life in Every Drop

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All known forms of life depend on water. Covering 71 per cent of the Earth's surface, water seems to be plentiful. But there are 1.2 billion people who currently live without a safe water supply, the amount of available drinking water is shrinking and the need for it is increasing relentlessly. While some regions are receiving too much rain, others are receiving too little. We are approaching a global water emergency. Julian Caldecott examines the vital role this fascinating substance plays on our planet and explores the historical, scientific, political and economic reasons behind the looming water crisis. He reveals where the water we use comes from, and at what social and environmental cost. This is an intriguing and sometimes unsettling portrait of the future of water in our changing world and what we can all do to make a difference.show more

Product details

  • Paperback | 272 pages
  • 129.54 x 190.5 x 22.86mm | 249.47g
  • Ebury Publishing
  • Virgin Books
  • London, United Kingdom
  • English
  • Reprint
  • None
  • 0753513242
  • 9780753513248
  • 2,140,152

About Julian Caldecott

Julian Caldecott is an ecologist who has worked as a senior consultant to the United Nations Environment Programme, focusing on environmental disaster management. His work throughout the developing world has included environmental education, ethnobiology and sustainable ecosystem management. He is the author of Deep Water and the co-author/editor of the World Atlas of Great Apes and Their Conservation.show more

Review quote

"This fascinating book explains not only why we need to restore balance, but more importantly how we can do it." * Zac Goldsmith, Director, Ecologist * "A brilliant overview of an enormous subject" * Guardian * "Should be read far, wide and as soon as possible ... it does an excellent job of promoting a rational, effective, trans-ideological approach to environmental decision making" * Resurgence * "I recommend this well written and presented book to everyone interested in earth, its water, life and animals" * Edward P Echlin *show more

Review Text

"I recommend this well written and presented book to everyone interested in earth, its water, life and animals"show more

Back cover copy

All known forms of life depend on water Water is a basic necessity of life, yet 1.2 billion people currently live without a safe water supply, the amount of available drinking water is shrinking and the need for it is increasing relentlessly. Our oceans have become a global fish quarry and a rubbish dump, and while some countries are flooding with over-abundant rain, others continue to suffer drought and famine. We are experiencing a global water emergency. Exploring the history, science, economics and politics behind the looming water crisis, and the tragedies - both small and large - that are its result, Julian Caldecott reveals where the water we use comes from, and at what cost. His ardent call-to-arms reveals how we can all make a different to the way water is used and abused on our planet. 'This fascinating book explains not only why we need to restore balance, but more importantly how we can do it.' Zac Goldsmith, Director, Ecologistshow more

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