Water: The Fate of Our Most Precious Resource

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Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, 2001 - Nature - 368 pages
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In his award-winning book WATER, Marq de Villiers provides an eye-opening account of how we are using, misusing, and abusing our planet's most vital resource. Encompassing ecological, historical, and cultural perspectives, de Villiers reports from hot spots as diverse as China, Las Vegas, and the Middle East, where swelling populations and unchecked development have stressed fresh water supplies nearly beyond remedy. Political struggles for control of water rage around the globe, and rampant pollution daily poses dire ecological theats. With one eye on these looming crises and the other on the history of our dependence on our planet's most precious commodity, de Villiers has crafted a powerful narrative about the lifeblood of civilizations that will be "a wake-up call for concerned citizens, environmentalists, policymakers, and water drinkers everywhere" (Publishers Weekly).
 

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WATER: The Fate of Our Most Precious Resource

User Review  - Jane Doe - Kirkus

A well-researched, fluent summary of the political and biological state of our global water resources, from Canadian author de Villiers (The Heartbreak Grape, 1993, etc.).The problem is not so much ... Read full review

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Every four months, I participate in one or more university-sponsored, Osher Lifelong Learning In Retirement (OLLI) discussion groups. Each deals with an important contemporary world issue. For the ... Read full review

Contents

2I The Natural Dispensation
27
Water in History
46
Climate Weather and Water 67
69
6I The Aral Sea 105
105
7I To Give a Dam 117
117
The Problem with Irrigation 136
136
Shrinking Aquifers 146
146
The Reengineered River 166
166
The Middle East 7185
185
The TigrisEuphrates System
204
The United States and Its Neighbors
231
The Chinese Dilemma
263
Solutions and Manifestos
275
NOTES
317
BIBLIOGRAPHY
331
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About the author (2001)

Marq de Villiers is the author of six books on exploration, history, politics, and travel, including INTO AFRICE: A JOURNEY THROUGH THE ANCIENT EMPIRES and WITH TRIBE DREAMING, his award-winning memoir of growing up in South Africa. He resides in Nove Scotia, Canada.

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