August 5, 2008

Book Review - Dry Spring

This book focuses on the effects of global warming on the world's water supplies. As temperatures rise, the amount of water suitable for drinking declines. Not only are existing sources evaporating faster, changing weather patterns indicate that aquifers are not being replenished fast enough. We're simply using more water. Wood demonstrates how the decreasing water supply will affect us, particularly in North America, over the next 25 years. He asserts that those closest to river origins, in many cases Canadians or the residents of the northernmost U.S. states, will be using a higher percentage of water, while those further downstream will increasingly face drought conditions. At the same time, other parts of the world will be pounded with rain and devastated by flooding. After explaining the causes of the coming water crisis and predicting how it will play out in the coming years, Wood uses the last few chapters of the book to make suggestions about what we can do, both to lessen the severity of the coming water shortage and to survive it once it gets here.

This book can be found in HECSA Library:

Dry Spring: The Coming Water Crisis of North America
Chris Wood
TD 222 .W65 2008