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(When the Rivers Run Dry: Water--The Defining Crisis of the Twenty-First Century.pdf) Throughout history rivers have been our foremost source of fresh water both for agriculture and for individual consumption but now economists say that by water scarcity will cut global food production by more than the current U S grain harvest In this groundbreaking book veteran science correspondent Fred Pearce focuses on the dire state of the world s rivers to provide our most complete portrait yet of the growing world water crisis and its ramifications for us all br br Pearce traveled to more than thirty countries while researching i When the Rivers Run Dry i examining the current state of crucial water sources like the Indus River in Pakistan the Colorado River in the United States and the Yellow and Yangzte rivers in China Pearce deftly weaves together the complicated scientific economic and historic dimensions of the water crisis showing us its complex origins from waste to wrong headed engineering projects to high yield crop varieties that have saved developing countries from starvation but are now emptying their water reserves He reveals the most daunting water issues we face today among them the threat of flooding in China s Yellow River where rising silt levels will prevent dykes from containing floodwaters the impoverishment of Pakistan s Sindh a once fertile farming valley now destroyed by the million tons of salt that the much depleted Indus deposits annually on the land but cannot remove the disappearing Colorado River whose reservoirs were once the lifeblood of seven states but which could dry up as soon as and the poisoned springs of Palestine and the Jordan River where Israeli control of the water supply has only fed conflict between Israelis and Palestinians br br The situation is dire but not without remedy Pearce argues that the solution to the growing worldwide water shortage is not more and bigger dams but greater efficiency and a new water ethic based on managing the water cycle for maximum social benefit rather than narrow self interestDownload and Read Online books ePub/PDF/Audible/Kindle, its easy way to streaming When the Rivers Run Dry: Water--The Defining Crisis of the Twenty-First Century books for multiple devices.