By Julian Caldecott
All identified types of lifestyles rely on water. masking seventy one percentage of the Earth's floor, water appears to be like abundant. yet there are 1.2 billion those who at the moment reside with out a secure water provide. the quantity of obtainable ingesting water is shrinking, and the necessity for it's expanding relentlessly. whereas a few areas are receiving an excessive amount of rain, others are receiving too little. we're forthcoming an international water emergency. analyzing the important function this attention-grabbing substance performs on the planet, this analysis explores the ancient, clinical, political, and financial purposes at the back of the looming water crisis. It finds the place the water humans use comes from, and at what social and environmental price. this can be an fascinating and occasionally unsettling portrait of the way forward for water in this altering global and what humans can do to make a distinction.
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Any unauthorised distribution or use of this text may be a direct infringement of the author's and publisher's rights and those responsible may be liable in law accordingly. uk This edition published by Virgin Books 2008 2 4 6 8 10 9 7 5 3 1 Copyright © Julian Caldecott 2007, 2008 Julian Caldecott has asserted his right under the Copyright, Designs and Patents Act 1988 to be identified as the author of this work. htm The Random House Group Limited Reg. No. 0 For Moyra 'The whole world has now become like one family, almost like one body.