Books About Water

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They say the love makes the world go round, but perhaps it would be more accurate to say it is water instead. It makes up 75% of the world, 70 % of the human body, we need it live, it is the ultimate renewable resource, it is the future and it is the past. When we find water on a celestial body, it is headline news. When we find archaeological evidence of old irrigation canals in ancient cultures, there is excitement in the scientific community. When we talk about the water crisis, the world worries. Without water, there is no life; it is indeed what makes the world go around.

  1. The Ripple Effect: The Fate of Fresh Water in the Twenty-First Century by Alex Prud’Homme: This book answers many of the questions we have about water today (right or commodity), many questions that will arise in the future (Will there be enough water for the future?) and asks many questions we couldn’t imagine.
  2. The Big Thirst: The Marvel, Mysteries and Madness Shaping the New Era of Water by Charles Fishman: The book explores the many complexity of water—its very nature; it delves into the philosophical exploring the fascinating facts like immutability of water and the practical like the water crisis of present and future.
  3. Elixir: A History of Water and Humankind by Brian Fagan: Accurately named, the book chronicles and examines the history of this vital resource. It goes back thousands of years and looks at how ancient civilizations like Mesopotamia, Greek and Roman civilizations and ancient China managed and tackled their water resources. The author attempts to draw conclusions from his observations of these historical narratives and make them relevant to the present day.
  4. Bottled and Sold: The Story Behind Our Obsession with Bottled Water by Peter H. Gleick: This talented author combines scientific enquiry with sparkling wit to examine the corporatization of water. He examines the business of bottled water and why we drink it from perspectives of economics, profit, and sociology and examines its impact on the environment.
  5. Deep Water: The Epic Struggle over Dams, Displaced People and The Environment by Jacques Leslie: Offering a look into a different aspect of water management, this book examines the issue of dams from three perspectives—an anti-dam activist, an anthropologist and a water manager. A balanced book, it is a startling and fascinating look at a little thought about topic.
  6. Water 4.0: The Past, Present and Future of the World’s Most Vital Resource by David Sedlak: A must-read book, it describes the hidden systems behind what we take for most granted—water. It goes back into history to the early Romans and through the revolutions in water technology to the present day.
  7. Water Wars: Privatization, Pollution and Profit by Vandana Shiva: In this stirring book, the author shines a light on the human cost of the water crisis highlighting the importance of water in culture and tradition and the suffering of the poor and the disenfranchised as they are hit the hardest.
  8. Virtual Water: Tackling The Threat to Our Planet’s Most Precious Resource by Tony Allan: This shocking book tells us the real cost of our lifestyle on our water resources—how much water it takes to make your daily cup of coffee, clothes, a burger, a computer. This book will change the way you look at everything you use.
  9. Water: A Natural History by Alice Outwater: A book written by an environmental engineer who is now an ecology writer it focusses on the history of water ways and their pollution and what the future holds.
  10. All the Water in the World by George Ella Lyon: In the face of the water crisis the world faces, this illustrated children’s book captures the beauty of this essential and life-giving substance with a set of simple poems.

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