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Water: Life in Every Drop [Paperback]

Julian Caldecott
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7 Aug 2008

All known forms of life depend on water. Covering 71 per cent of the Earth's surface, water seems to be plentiful. But there are 1.2 billion people who currently live without a safe water supply, the amount of available drinking water is shrinking and the need for it is increasing relentlessly. While some regions are receiving too much rain, others are receiving too little. We are approaching a global water emergency.

Julian Caldecott examines the vital role this fascinating substance plays on our planet and explores the historical, scientific, political and economic reasons behind the looming water crisis. He reveals where the water we use comes from, and at what social and environmental cost. This is an intriguing and sometimes unsettling portrait of the future of water in our changing world and what we can all do to make a difference.

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  • Paperback: 272 pages
  • Publisher: Virgin Books; Reprint edition (7 Aug 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0753513242
  • ISBN-13: 978-0753513248
  • Product Dimensions: 19 x 13 x 2 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 727,944 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"This fascinating book explains not only why we need to restore balance, but more importantly how we can do it." (Zac Goldsmith, Director, Ecologist)

"A brilliant overview of an enormous subject" (Guardian)

"Should be read far, wide and as soon as possible ... it does an excellent job of promoting a rational, effective, trans-ideological approach to environmental decision making" (Resurgence)

"I recommend this well written and presented book to everyone interested in earth, its water, life and animals" (Edward P Echlin)

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5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant must read! 8 Nov 2007
What could be more important than water? This book looks at every aspect of water from its chemistry and mystery to its central role in the ecology of EVERY LIVING THING. And yet, it's a riveting read, full of fascinating stories from an author who actually knows what he's talking about. So many of these environmental books are written by journalists with no real grounding in the subject. But Julian Caldecott is an ecologist with decades of field experience which enrich this work. He's been there, done it, seen it and best of all, has put into practice ways of solving local water crises of every hue. Give it to all your friends and relations for christmas - they'll love you for providing a good read and you'll glow with the pleasure of sharing knowledge on the big issue of the coming decade.
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2.0 out of 5 stars An odd mixture of science, pseudo science and pseudo religion 10 Aug 2009
By J. Wright - Published on Amazon.com
The book starts off well with some interesting background on the chemistry of water. Then references to "water memory", Gaia, and chi start appearing. In someway in contradictory ways where the author cites scientific research to explain somethings, and then a paragraph later says that scientists don't yet understand some spiritual aspect of water as if it is a given truth waiting to be revealed. A pity since there are many interesting tidbits throughout the book and it raises important issues. But the continual sprinkling of pseudo science and spirituality among more rigorous arguments is bound to leave many readers confused about the real issues and state of understanding. It creates a real dissonance while reading, though the careful and knowledgeable reader may come away with something. The book doesn't quite live up to it's subtitle "The Causes, Costs, and Future of a Global Crisis" and lacks a coherent narrative. It is more like a collection of thoughts and vignettes from the author. The texts contains no footnotes or references. There is a short reading list where the author cites Wikipedia as the source of much of the book's material.
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