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This varied collection of 25 essays by leading conservationists, edited by documentarian Salina, range from a warning by Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist Frank Clifford about the ten-year drought threatening 30 million residents of Las Vegas, Los Angeles, Phoenix and Denver, to stories of successful activists like Marion Stoddart, who stopped the industrial pollution of Massachusetts's Nashua River. A photographic study of Mount Everest shows graphic evidence of receding glaciers; several pieces describe traditional methods of "rainwater-harvesting and storage" being implemented in locations like Nepal; Rose George discusses the reasons behind the staggering statistic that 2.6 billion people worldwide live without sanitation, "surrounded by human excrement," which causes 25 percent of global child deaths. The book's central message, that "water conservation is not about scarcity" but rather its careful use and fair distribution, comes through in a number of sober but optimistic calls to action.
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Of all the environmental concerns we face, threats to freshwater rank highest on the list. After creating the documentary film Flow: For the Love of Water, Salina jumped at the chance to create an anthology about the need to value, safeguard, and conserve water the world round as rivers dwindle, reservoirs evaporate, glaciers melt, drought and pollution worsen, and nearly a third of the earth’s people are water-poor. Peter Gleick begins by observing that water reform requires “fundamental changes in thinking, policy, and culture,” a view shared by each of the eloquent and incisive water visionaries who follow. Frank Clifford considers the consequences of the disappearing Colorado River. Rose George writes of water and sanitation. Alexandra Cousteau explains why she continues the water-centric environmental work of her grandfather, Jacques, and her father, Philippe. Sandra Postel, director of the Global Water Policy Project, believes we must be bold in confronting water scarcity while regaining a sense of wonder about this irreplaceable resource, like that of the little girl she saw running toward a shimmering fountain of water, “shrieking in sheer delight.” --Donna Seaman
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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 304 pages
  • Publisher: National Geographic (February 16, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1426205724
  • ISBN-13: 978-1426205729
  • Product Dimensions: 6.1 x 1 x 9.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,965,848 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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I borrowed this book a few months ago. As I enjoyed it very much and see no reviews yet, here's what I remember.

For me, some books about water as a natural resource have induced panicked paralysis, instead of inspiration toward action. This book's "messages of hope" provide the inspiration to act that I sought. Still, the book introduces serious topics.

One chapter is an account of two girls who must walk many miles to fetch water, but the hope is in the friendship that they develop along the way. I appreciated the relational element added to the science and economics of water shortage that is provided in other books.

Another chapter is about a man who developed an economical and portable UV "light stick" to sanitize water. A friend of mine recently brought one of these UV sticks on our trip to Mexico, and it seemed to the rest of us like a luxury item. It was inspirational to read the story behind the invention of what I presume is that same device, which was needed to reduce epidemic childhood disease in the inventor's region in southeast Asia.

Highly recommended for the general public as an introduction to these issues, and to environmental students and professionals for non-technical enrichment.
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Written in Water is a collaboration of essays from different leaders in the field of water solutions and innovations writing about their experience with water. These essays are about a broad spectrum of water sources, storage, struggles, and overcoming limits in; rivers, lakes, aquifers and dams. Some of the essays are tragedies faced with water, and of the people they impact. Contamination of water, where it's coming from, who's its effecting and what is being done and what needs to be done. Some of these problems are fixed and successful or they're still struggling to make it happen to help solve the freshwater problem.
This book is a good introduction to the wide variety of freshwater problems in the world, from third world countries such as Honduras and Africa to here in the United States in New Jersey and New York. This gives a sense of that problems with water are not just in third world countries, and that it's not happening in one area, but all over the world, which this books has. Giving firsthand what these authors have done to help correct the problems these areas face, or are still trying to correct. Creating organizations such as the Clean Water Act and Tarun Bharat Sangh, (building johad that collected water, which percolated into the ground refreshing the aquifers.) In third world countries, the most common problem deals with the availability of drinking water. This has lead to many areas not prospering as well as others. While here in the United States we deal more with pollution of water and cleaning up our freshwater, and trying to conserve on our water use.
This book brings out hope that there is still time to change our habits towards water to preserve freshwater and give everyone access to clean water.
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These essays will leave you with a much richer appreciation for just how rare and precious water really is and how little regard we as a species have had for it historically; treating it as though it were an unlimited resource. A must read for anyone...particularly if you plan on going into natural resources management or hydrology.
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