When the Rivers Run Dry (Review)

Even though I didn’t LOVE this book, I still highly recommend that people read it to learn about the social issues with water. It was certainly an eye opener.

When the Rivers Run Dry: Water–The Defining Crisis of the Twenty-first Century by Fred Pearce

My rating: 3 of 5 stars

Like many other reviewers I was hit pretty hard by the social issues highlighted in this book. We’ve seen time-lapse images where rivers and lakes are evaporating away, or where the sea level shifts, and we all know that humans are causing these changes, but in a weird way I always assumed it was simply our effect on the atmosphere (cars, industrialisation, etc). I was left feeling uneasy when every chapter of this book gave some horrible example of greed or ignorance when it comes to water. The chapter about the river Jordan was particularly frustrating to read (especially the whole “who-stole-first” part).
I thoroughly enjoyed reading this book but agree with many other about the sad lack of footnotes and images (though I did like the few small maps littered throughout).

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