In this groundbreaking book, veteran science correspondent Fred Pearce travels to more than thirty countries to examine the current state of crucial water sources. Deftly weaving together the complicated scientific, economic, and historic dimensions of the world water crisis, he provides our most complete portrait yet of this growing danger and its ramifications for us all.
Fred Pearce is an award-winning author and journalist based in London. He has reported on environmental, science, and development issues from 85 countries over the past 20 years. An environment consultant at New Scientist magazine since 1992, he also writes regularly… More about Fred Pearce
“A strong—and scary—case that a worldwide water shortage is the most fearful looming environmental crisis. With a drumbeat of facts both horrific (thousands of wells in India and Bangladesh are poisoned by fluoride and arsenic) and fascinating (it takes 20 tons of water to make one pound of coffee), the formerNew Scientist news editor documents a ‘kind of cataclysm’ already affecting many of the world’s great rivers.” —Publishers Weekly, starred review
“Oil we can replace. Water we can’t—which is why this book is both so ominous and so important.” —Bill McKibben, author of The End of Nature
“. . . perhaps it is time for you to spend some time with Fred Pearce and his wonderful When the Rivers Run Dry.” —Daily Kos