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When the Rivers Run Dry: What Happens When Our Water Runs Out?

Hard-hitting new book by Pearce on the degradation of some of the world's largest rivers

By: Fred Pearce

368 pages, no illustrations

Eden Project Books

Paperback | Apr 2007 | #168463 | ISBN-13: 9781903919583
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Hardback | Mar 2006 | #152819 | ISBN: 1903919576
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Some of the world's largest rivers - the Nile, the Yellow River and the Indus - no longer reach the sea. Exhausted by the demand of humans to irrigate crops, fill taps and generate hydroelectricity, they trickle into the sand. And the wells are drying up too. We are emptying ancient reserves of underground water and most will never naturally refill. Even England faces a crisis: the South-East has less water per capita than Ethiopia or Sudan and our demand for water is accelerating but it is raining less.

As landscapes shrivel, conflicts over water grow. So is there hope? Yes - but only if we revolutionise the way we treat water. Terrifying about the consequences if governments fail to act, Pearce is also truly empowering in his advocacy of the ways in which we all need to change.

Fred Pearce is an artist with a pen, writing beautifully and movingly about an emerging crisis that will galvanize the world's attention. - James Speth, ex head of blue-chip World Resources Institute and the UN Development Programme, and now dean of Yale School of Environmental Studies:"

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Fred Pearce is a former news editor at New Scientist magazine, and is currently its environment and development consultant. He has written 14 previous books, which have been published in the UK and US and translated into French, German, Japanese, Spanish, Norwegian and Portugueseis. He writes regularly for the Independent and the Times Higher Education Supplement, the Boston Globe and Foreign Policy in the US. He is also syndicated in Japan, Australia and elsewhere and has filed articles from more than 50 countries in the past decade. He was voted BEMA Environment Journalist of the Year in 2001 and has been short-listed for the same award in 2000, 2002 and 2003. He is a past recipient of the Peter Kent Conservation Book Award and the TES Junior Information Book Award. His books have been translated into eight languages. He is a regular broadcaster on radio and TV, with interview credits from Today to Richard and Judy to the Open University.

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