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001    61748253 
003    OCoLC 
005    20061120111916.0 
008    050920s2006    maub          001 0 eng   
010    2005027495 
020    0807085723 (hardcover : alk. paper) 
020    9780807085721 (hardcover : alk. paper) 
020    9780807085721 
035    (OCoLC)61748253 
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042    pcc 
049    OTCC 
050 00 TC405|b.P43 2006 
070 0  TC405|b.P43 2006 
082 00 333.91|222 
100 1  Pearce, Fred.|0
245 10 When the rivers run dry :|bwater, the defining crisis of 
       the twenty-first century /|cFred Pearce. 
264  1 Boston :|bBeacon Press,|c[2006] 
264  4 |c©2006 
300    xi, 324 pages :|bmaps ;|c24 cm 
336    text|btxt|2rdacontent 
337    unmediated|bn|2rdamedia 
338    volume|bnc|2rdacarrier 
500    Includes index. 
505 0  The human sponge -- North America : crossing the Rio 
       Grande -- Riding the water cycle -- Pakistan : the unhappy
       valley -- India : a colossal anarchy -- Halliburton's job 
       for Qaddafi -- The world's largest mass poisoning -- 
       Mirages -- The common wealth -- Lake Chad : tragedy of the
       floodplains -- Seas of death -- Mekong : feel of the pulse
       -- China : the hanging river -- Changing climate -- 
       Wonders of the world -- Sun, silt, and stagnant ponds -- 
       Dams that cause floods -- Palestine : poisoning the wells 
       of peace -- The first modern water war -- Swords of 
       Damocles -- Elisha's spring and the mysteries of Angkor --
       Losing the west -- Aral sea : the end of the world -- 
       Taking the water to the people -- Sewage on tap -- Closed 
       basins and closed minds -- Out of thin air -- Catch the 
       rain -- On the grapevine -- Unfailing springs -- Learning 
       to love the floods -- Freeing Saddam's captives -- More 
       crop per drop -- Water ethics. 
520    It was with the Colorado River that engineers first 
       learned to control great rivers. But now the Colorado"s 
       reservoirs are two-thirds empty. Great rivers like the 
       Indus and the Nile, the Rio Grande and the Yellow River 
       are running on empty. And economists say that by 2025, 
       water scarcity will cut global food production by more 
       than the current U.S. grain harvest.   Veteran science 
       correspondent Fred Pearce traveled to more than thirty 
       countries while researching When the Rivers Run Dry; it is
       our most complete portrait yet of the growing world water 
       crisis. Deftly weaving together the complicated scientific,
       economic, and historical dimensions of the crisis, he 
       shows us its complex origins, from waste to wrong-headed 
       engineering projects to high-yield crop varieties that 
       have kept developing countries from starvation but are now
       emptying their water reserves. And Pearce"s vivid 
       reportage reveals the personal stories behind failing 
       rivers, barren fields, desertification, water wars, floods,
       and even the death of cultures.  Finally, 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-interest. 
650  0 Water resources development.|0
650  0 Water-supply.|0

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