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When The Rivers Run Dry

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Drought is THE environmental issue of the 21st century and Fred Pearce provides us with the most complete portrait yet of the causes of this global crisis.

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Fred Pearce is a former news editor at New Scientist magazine, and is currently its environment and development consultant. He has written 14 previous books, which have been published in the UK and US and translated into French, German, Japanese, Spanish, Norwegian and Portugueseis. He writes regularly for the Independent and the Times Higher Education Supplement, the Boston Globe and Foreign Policy in the US. He is also syndicated in Japan, Australia and elsewhere and has filed articles from more than 50 countries in the past decade. e was voted BEMA Environment Journalist of the Year in 2001 and has been short-listed for the same award in 2000, 2002 and 2003. He is a past recipient of the Peter Kent Conservation Book Award and the TES Junior Information Book Award. His books have been translated into eight languages. e is a regular broadcaster on radio and TV, with interview credits from Today to Richard and Judy to the Open University.


"If ever a book has been written that demands to be read it is this one. This is that rare thing - a journey through a hugely important and complex subject in the company of a natural storyteller who makes you feel intelligent." -- Tim Smit "Of all the travel books I have ever read this is the most frightening, the most inspiring and the most important...A book every politician must be made to read and understand." David Bellamy "Environmental journalist Fred Pearce's book, When the Rivers Run Dry could not be better timed" -- Robin McKie The Observer "...Pearce argues powerfully that unless mankind can rethink its whole attitude towards the use and misuse of resource, the consequence could be famine, pestilence and even war for huge numbers of human beings." -- Trevor Grove Daily Mail "Veteran science writer Pearce (Turning Up the Heat) makes a strong - and scary - case that a worldwide water shortage is the most fearful looming environmental crisis. With a drumbeat of facts both horrifc...and fascinating...the former New Scientist news editor documents a 'kind of cataclysm' already affecting many of the world's great rivers." Publishers Weekly

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