Now with the Trump administration's assault on the Environmental Protection Agency, we assume that things will get worse. With climate change, intense storms with downpours and flooding are becoming more common; 3 the many ways we use water with minimal consideration of sustainability. For example, we use trillions of gallons of freshwater in energy production.
We need increasing amounts of water for food production. Conflict breaks out both historically and contemporaneously when humans fight over water.
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We are privatizing water supplies in many places in the world, including the U. Of course, we continue to pollute water with all kinds of substances - among them, oil, plastics, and pharmaceuticals. I was most interested in the sections on drought and water supply in the American Southwest where the future looks grim. And Prud'homme has a fascinating commentary on T. Boone Pickens and other water entrepreneurs' who engage in "water mining" of the Ogallala Aquifer in the Panhandle of Texas where I grew up. Pickens and others have withdrawn huge amounts of fresh groundwater to pipe it to the Dallas-Ft.
Worth metroplex The Ogallala is disappearing. Although this book was published in , it is definitely worth the read. The Ripple Effect gives context to the water supply and water quality issues we are reading about in the news every day. In the end, though, he is unable to provide a clear solutions or set of solutions to solve the water problem.
Alex Prud’homme - The Ripple Effect: The Fate of Fresh Water in the Twenty-First Century
Highly recommended, primarily to understand what has happened with water and what is happening with water. There are no easy answers, but we have to try or else The author promises to give a look at the fate of freshwater, but the book is amazingly America-centric. Many countries are facing much larger water issues though the ones here are by no means small, and may not be manageable , but these other countries get cursory mentions; some of the most serious water supply issues around the world aren't mentioned at all. He also leaves a few places open for straw-man dismissals of his argument; i.
Copper in the water is only a problem in certain forms, and he didn't discuss that particular. Someone seeking to dismiss his arguments could simply pick up on that, and the whole book is toast at least in the eyes of people who don't want to believe any of it. In addition, the author dismisses the problem of population as not a problem, when in fact, you only need to run the numbers to discover that it is a huge problem, and that it is only by comparing an out-of-control consumptive society that also has a big population see: US with a small footprint, big population country that you can draw the conclusion that population doesn't matter.
In fact, the population problem screams from every page of this book, leaving a high level of depression at the end because it's evident that the solutions he proposes are certainly going to be inadequate. Overall, a readable book, but too long.
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He could have written it tighter, and more people might actually read it. I will recommend it to my students, but with reservations. Here at Walmart.
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Informative and provocative, The Ripple Effect is a major achievement. Prud'homme, a journalist and the coauthor with Julia Child of My Life in France, examines crucial issues concerning the world's finite supply of fresh water pollution, water quantity drought and flood , waste, and governance.
Focusing on the U. And he notes how woefully obsolete laws designed to protect drinking supplies in the s are becoming, when hundreds of untested new chemicals enter U. Prud'homme offers ample and eloquent warnings of a looming water crisis: intersex fish in Chesapeake Bay, the poisoning of water wells in Wisconsin from agricultural runoff, Lake Mead's record-low waterline in Nevada, decaying dams and levees.
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