December 13, 2007

Book Review - When the Rivers Run Dry

When the Rivers Run Dry: Water--the Defining Crisis of the Twenty-First Century
Fred Pearce
TC 405 .P43 2006

Pearce gives us a collection of cautionary tales about what happens to the earth, our resources, and our way of life when water is in short supply. The book is organized by the consequence that results--for example crop failures, floods, water resource wars. Each of these consequences is illustrated by real life lessons supplied by case studies. Of course, the traditionally desert Middle East and North African countries are well represented in these, but so too are China, the Caucasus region, and several parts of the United States. Emphasis is clearly on presenting pictures of conflicts over water throughout the world. What this book does not include are suggestions or prescriptions for conserving water or presenting future conflicts.