By Cynthia Barnett
Americans see water as ample and inexpensive: we activate the tap and out it gushes, for only a penny a gallon. We use extra water than the other tradition on the planet, a lot to quench what’s now our greatest crop—the garden. but such a lot american citizens can't identify the river or aquifer that flows to our faucets, irrigates our foodstuff, and produces our electrical energy. And so much don’t discover those freshwater assets are in deep trouble.
Blue Revolution exposes the reality in regards to the water crisis—driven now not as a lot by means of garden sprinklers as through a practice that has inspired everybody, from owners to farmers to utilities, to faucet progressively more. however the booklet additionally deals a lot explanation for wish. Award-winning journalist Cynthia Barnett argues that the simplest resolution is usually the easiest and economical: a water ethic for the USA. simply because the eco-friendly move helped construct knowledge approximately power and sustainability, so a blue stream will reconnect american citizens to their water, assisting us price and preserve our so much life-giving source. fending off prior error, dwelling inside our water skill, and turning to “local water” as we do neighborhood meals are all a part of this new, blue revolution.
Reporting from around the state and world wide, Barnett exhibits how humans, companies, and governments have come jointly to dramatically lessen water use and opposite the water quandary. whole metro components, reminiscent of San Antonio, Texas, have halved in keeping with capita water use. Singapore’s “closed water loop” recycles each drop. New applied sciences can curb agricultural irrigation in part: companies can retailer loads of water—and loads of money—with designs so simple as recycling air-conditioning condensate.
The first e-book to name for a countrywide water ethic, Blue Revolution can be a robust meditation on water and neighborhood in the USA.
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Blue Revolution: Unmaking America's Water Crisis by Cynthia Barnett