Tapped Out: The Coming World Crisis in Water and what We Can Do about it

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Welcome Rain, 1998 - Nature - 198 pages
"By the gift of water you nourish and sustain us and all living things." These are the words used in the baptismal rite in Lutheran services. But in our world, increasing numbers of people cannot assume they will be nourished and sustained. Within a few years, a water crisis of catastrophic proportions will explode on us-unless we take action now. Although water sufficiency problems are not nearly as severe in the United States as in most nations, three of our fastest-growing states-California, Texas, and Florida-already feel the squeeze on water supplies and will soon face major difficulties. Their difficulties will have serious ramifications for all of us. In the next forty to ninety years, the world population will double, but our water supply will not increase. Nations go to war over oil, but there are substitutes for oil. There is no substitute for water. However, there are answers if we act before we face the crisis. In this book Paul Simon outlines the problems and the actions that need to be taken-quickly. He includes in the book an outline of specific things the average citizen can do to help.

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5 The Middle East
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Desalination
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Pollution Complicates Everything
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The late Paul Simon served as the founding director of the Public Policy Institute at Southern Illinois University Carbondale. He also taught courses in political science, journalism, and history. Prior to leaving the U.S. Senate and joining the SIUC faculty in 1997, Simon ranked as the senior senator from Illinois. In the 104th Congress, he served on the budget, labor and human resources, judiciary, and Indian affairs committees. He was the author or coauthor of nineteen books, including "Freedom's Champion: Elijah Lovejoy," "Tapped Out: The Coming World Crisis in Water and What We Can Do About It," and "P.S. The Autobiography of Paul Simon,"

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