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Main Title Unquenchable : America's water crisis and what to do about it /
Author Glennon, Robert Jerome,
Publisher Island Press,
Year Published 2009
OCLC Number 262787447
ISBN 9781597264365 (cloth : alk. paper); 1597264369 (cloth : alk. paper); 9781597268165; 159726816X
Subjects Water-supply--United States ; Droughts--United States ; Water consumption--United States--Forecasting ; Water-supply--Political aspects ; Water consumption--Forecasting
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Library Call Number Additional Info Location Last
EIAM  TD223.G578 2009 Region 2 Library/New York,NY 12/07/2009
EJBM  TD223.G578 2009 Headquarters Library/Washington,DC 09/21/2009
ELAM  TD223.G578 2009 Region 5 Library/Chicago,IL 06/17/2009
ELBM  TD223.G578 2009 AWBERC Library/Cincinnati,OH 12/09/2013
EMBM  TD223.G578 2009 NRMRL/GWERD Library/Ada,OK 11/23/2009
EOAM  TD223.G578 2009 Region 8 Technical Library/Denver,CO 05/24/2010
Collation xii, 414 p. : ill., maps ; 24 cm.
Notes Includes bibliographical references (p. 341-400) and index.
Contents Notes Part I. The Crisis. 1. Atlanta's prayer for water -- 2. Wealth and the culture of water consumption -- 3. Our thirst for energy -- 4. Fouling our own nests -- 5. The crisis masked -- Part II. Real and surreal solutions. 6. Business as usual -- 7. Water alchemists -- 8. The ancient mariner's lament -- 9. Shall we drink pee? -- 10. Creative conservation -- 11. Water harvesting -- 12. Moore's law -- Part III. A new approach. 13. The enigma of the water closet -- 14. The diamond-water paradox -- 15. The steel deal -- 16. Privatization of water -- 17. Take the money and run -- 18. The future of farming -- 19. Environmental transfers -- 20. The buffalo's lament -- Conclusion : a blue print for reform -- Epilogue : The Salton Sea. Deep in the Mojave Desert sits Las Vegas where a torrent of water flows freely in massive fountains, pirate lagoons, wave machines, and casinos. Meanwhile, across the country in places that are not particularly dry or hot, communities, farmers, and factories are struggling to find water, and even running out altogether. From the Vegas Strip to faux snow in Atlanta, from our supersized bathrooms to mega-farms, from billion-dollar water deals to big time politics and personalities, this book tells the stories of extravagances and waste that are sucking the nation dry. Our water woes will only grow with new demands for this forgotten resource. Take Washington's love affair with biofuels: it will turn to heartbreak once America realizes that thousands of gallons of water are required to produce one gallon of fuel. Glennon argues that we cannot engineer our way out of the problem with the usual fixes or the zany, but very real, schemes to tow icebergs from Alaska or divert the Mississippi River to Nevada.
Place Published Washington, DC
PUB Date Free Form c2009
BIB Level m
Cataloging Source OCLC/T
LCCN 2008043770
OCLC Time Stamp 20131202125307
Language eng
Origin OCLC
Type CAT
OCLC Rec Leader 03645cam 2200553 a 45020