Cynthia Barnett argues that the best solution is also the simplest and least expensive: a water ethic for America.

Product Code: 4906
ISBN: 978080700328-2
Format: Paperback
Publisher: Beacon Press
Published Date: 09/04/2012
Pages: 296
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Americans see water as abundant and cheap: we turn on the faucet and out it gushes, for less than a penny a gallon. We use more water than any other country in the world, rarely considering the consequences for our rivers, aquifers, and other freshwaters. Blue Revolution exposes the truth about the water crisis-driven by a tradition that has encouraged everyone, from homeowners to farmers to utilities, to tap more and more. But the book also offers much reason for hope. Reporting from across the country and around the globe, award-winning journalist Cynthia Barnett argues that the best solution is also the simplest and least expensive: a water ethic for America. Just as the green movement helped build awareness about energy and sustainability, so a blue movement will reconnect Americans to their water. Avoiding past mistakes, living within our water means, and turning to "local water" as we do local foods are all key to this new, blue revolution.

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Chapter 1 The Illusion of Water Abundance

Chapter 2 Reclamation to Restoration

Chapter 3 The Netherlands: Deluge, Dams, and the Dutch Miracle

Chapter 4 Powerful Thirst

Chapter 5 Taproot of the Crisis

Chapter 6 The Water-Industrial Complex

Chapter 7 Singapore: Of Songbirds and Sewage

Chapter 8 The Big Dipper

Chapter 9 The Business of Blue

Chapter 10 Australia: Dry Down Under

Chapter 11 An American Water Ethic

Chapter 12 Local Water




"Barnett takes us back to the origins of our water [with] the same vividness and compassion as Michael Pollan."—Emily Green, Los Angeles Times

"Our future depends on the Blue Revolution that Cynthia Barnett advocates, for, as the ancients knew long before modern science did, 'Water is life.'"—Stephen Roulac, New York Journal of Books

"[Blue Revolution] shows that America's future depends upon our coming to value water-not only in the price we pay but with profound appreciation for each drop."—Robert Glennon, author of Unquenchable

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