When I first decided to get the book, the reviews and briefs had focused my attention on Water availability and shortages. Only after getting into the book did I realize how crucial is the information it provides in TWO OTHER critical areas: Climate change; and Agricultural Sustainability - for the “Developing World” AND the “Developed” world.
The material in this book is VERY important, as the material recently in “the general press” about problems in those three (3) areas seems totally unaware of and MIS-directed in it's ‘technical approach’ to some of the most important background …in all three areas, and especially the interrelationships between factors in each area !!
Ms. Schwartz makes a very interesting – and challenging – statement, to the effect that our world has never contained more, or less, water than it does at present. The “problems” we are having are because of LACK OF understanding, or major misunderstanding, about water's relationship with our soils …and especially how our recent “industrial agricultural” approaches jeopardize both our water supplies and our food sustainability, as well as our climate.
I truly believe that the problems in these areas WILL NOT be solved unless many more people become informed, and understand the material this book provides.
And yet it’s not some long, burdensome tome ...only 224 pages, and readily understandable. I highly recommend this book to anyone concerned about any or all of those three (3) issues above.