Water

Water : Life in Every Drop

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All known forms of life depend on water. It is the single most important substance on Earth. Covering 71 per cent of the Earth's surface, water is plentiful. But the seemingly boundless ocean has been transformed into a global storeroom, mine and rubbish dump. Some regions are now receiving too much rain, while others are receiving too little. 1.2 billion people lack access to a safe water supply, the amount of drinking water available is shrinking and the growth in demand for fresh water is increasing relentlessly. We are approaching a global water emergency. But how did we get into this situation, and what can we do about it? Julian Caldecott reveals where the water we use comes from, and at what social and environmental cost. He explains the history, science, economics and politics behind the looming water crisis, and reveals what the future holds, and what we can all do to make a difference.
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Product details

  • Paperback | 240 pages
  • 154 x 231 x 19mm | 313g
  • Virgin Books
  • London, United Kingdom
  • English
  • None
  • 0753513501
  • 9780753513507
  • 1,831,576

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"A brilliant overview of an enormous subject... There are beautiful, almost cinematic evocations... unarguable rationalism... and Caldecott argues with persuasive urgency" Guardian "This fascinating book explains not only why we need to restore balance, but more importantly how we can do it." Zac Goldsmith "Caldecott keeps a masterly hand on the reins of what is a vast topic, dividing it up well and using the concept and properties of water to explore ecological issues on an impressive scale" The Ecologist
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About Julian Caldecott

Julian Caldecott is an ecologist who has spent the last three years in senior consultancy positions with 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.
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All known forms of life depend on water.

The seemingly boundless oceans that cover most of the globe have been transformed into a global quarry and a rubbish dump. Some countries are flooding with too much rain, while others suffer drought and famine. Over a billion people lack access to a safe water supply, the amount of drinking water available is shrinking and yet the demand for fresh water is increasing relentlessly. We are experiencing a global water emergency.

Julian Caldecott draws on his twenty years' experience of marine conservation to reveal the extratorinary properties of water, where the water we use comes from, and at what social and environmental cost. Exploring the history, science, economics and politics behind the looming water crisis, he discloses the potential future of this basic necessity of life and suggests ways in which we can all have a positive impact on this crucial global resource.

"This fascinating book explains not only why we need to restore balance, but more importantly how we can do it." Zac Goldsmith, editor of The Ecologist.


Julian Caldecott is an ecologist who has spent several years in senior consultancy positions with the United Nations Environment Programme focussing 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 co-author/editor of the World Atlas of Great Apes.
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"Caldecott keeps a masterly hand on the reins of what is a vast topic, dividing it up well and using the concept and properties of water to explore ecological issues on an impressive scale"
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