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Virtual Water: Tackling the Threat to Our Planet's Most Precious Resource [Illustrated] [Paperback]

Tony Allan

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8 April 2011
The groundbreaking new concept that reveals the true and hazardous extent of our everyday water consumption. How much water does it take to make a cup of coffee? The answer may shock you: 140 litres! That's the true amount of water used in growing, producing, packaging and shipping the beans you use to make your morning coffee. Your lunchtime hamburger takes 2,400 litres and that favourite pair of blue jeans a whopping 11,000 litres. In fact, all the goods we buy - from food to clothing to computers - have a water cost in the form of virtual water: the powerful new concept that reveals the hidden facts of our real water consumption. At a time when the world's resources are being used up at increasingly alarming rates what can we do to help tackle the threat to our planet's most precious resource? World water expert Tony Allan - creator of the virtual water concept - shows the way. In this stimulating and enjoyable book he exposes the real impact of our modern lifestyle and shows how we as individuals, and governments globally, can make a vital contribution to managing our water use in a more sustainable and planet-friendly way.

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'I heartily recommend the book as essential reading as is not only informative but also fun and easy to read.' --Barbara Frost, CE of WaterAid

Books such as this remind us that even in a world deplete with looming environmental crises, we should still find time to contemplate the future of our most precious resource. --Jonathan Wright, Geographical

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Professor Tony Allan is acknowledged as a world authority on water issues and as a leading voice for sustainable water development. He advises governments and organisations around the world and received the prestigious Stockholm Water Prize in 2008 for his pioneering contributions to understanding and communicating water issues. He is Professor of Geography at King's College, University of London.

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1.0 out of 5 stars Verbose, "clever," condescending, redundant, boring. 16 Jan 2014
By C. Hughes - Published on
This is the epitome of that psuedo-scientific swill written at the 4th grade level and marketed to NPR listeners with a promise to make them more worldly--yes, it's much worse that Thomas Friedman (or David Brooks)! Wipe your butt with it and put it in your compost toilet.
2 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The Real Currency of the 21st Century 28 Oct 2011
By James G. Workman - Published on
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Tony Allan has with this book proved himself more than a gentleman and a scholar. He is more than an eminent academic, globally recognized and lauded for changing how the world's water wonks regard water, food, and national security. By making his vision of the world accessible to all readers, including and especially my interdisciplinary liberal arts students, he reveals the side of him that wants us to understand what's at stake and feel empowered to do something about it.
Because of Allan and this book I can't eat a cereal bar without thinking of all the hundreds of gallons of water embedded in the grain, sugar and fruit center. I can't type this review on a computer without thinking of the water embedded in the energy (thermal, hydro, or worst of all biofuel) to keep my screen lit up and the cloud server storage running somewhere. And so it goes with my blue jeans, my insulated office, my paper.
Human ingenuity is unlimited.
Energy may be unlimited.
Fresh water? Profoundly and measurably limited.
That makes water -- more than gold, greenbacks, or oil the most valuable liquid asset on earth, and Allan becomes the modern day Adam Smith of how we can begin to give it the value it deserves.
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1.0 out of 5 stars Nice if you are sitting in an office 12 July 2013
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I am sure Tony Allen is a very clever man, and this is a neat little idea however the whole concept of "virtual water" is about as real world as the title suggests. It is an idea with terrible flaws and the flawed logic that might work on paper has been used by all manner of groups prosecuting agendas in the real world.

This is the stuff of breathless sensationalist headlines on the news and no doubt its author has generated much media for his department and most likely helped attract funding for his university with this concept, and after all isn't this what university academia is all about (or so it seems to me sometimes)

Don't waste your money would be my assessment
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