By: Julian Caldecott(Author)
272 pages, ill
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.
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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.
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