“I read this wide-ranging and thoughtful book while sitting on the banks of the Ganges near Varanasi—it's a river already badly polluted, and now threatened by the melting of the loss of the glaciers at its source to global warming. Four hundred million people depend on it, and there's no backup plan. As Steven Solomon makes clear, the same is true the world over; this volume will give you the background to understand the forces that will drive much of 21st century history.” —Bill McKibben
In Water, esteemed journalist Steven Solomon describes a terrifying—and all too real—world in which access to fresh water has replaced oil as the primary cause of global conflicts that increasingly emanate from drought-ridden, overpopulated areas of the world. Meticulously researched and undeniably prescient, Water is a stunningly clear-eyed action statement on what Robert F Kennedy, Jr. calls “the biggest environmental and political challenge of our time.”
“A tour de force. . . . Thoughtful. . . . Well-written. . . . Solomon shows that when the incentives are right—where governments and markets are allowed to focus on the real costs of and opportunities for using water resources--much better management of water systems follows.”
The indispensable resource -- Water and the start of civilization -- Rivers, irrigation, and the earliest empires -- Seafaring, trade, and the making of the Mediterranean world -- The Grand Canal and the flourishing of Chinese civilization -- Islam, deserts, and the destiny of history's most water-fragile civilization -- Waterwheel, plow, cargo ship, and the awakening of Europe -- The voyages of discovery and the launch of the oceanic era -- Steam power, industry, and the Age of the British Empire -- The sanitary revolution -- Water frontiers and the emergence of the United States -- The canal to America's Century -- Giant dams, water abundance, and the rise of global society -- Water : the new oil -- Thicker than blood : the water-famished Middle East -- From have to have-not : mounting water distress in Asia's rising giants -- Opportunity for scarcity : the new policies of water in the industrial democracies.
Number Of Pages: 624
Published: 5th January 2010
Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers Australia