The Big Thirst

The Big Thirst The water coming out of your kitchen tap is four billion years old and might well have been sipped by a Tyrannosaurus rex Rather than only three states of water liquid ice and vapor there is a fourt

  • Title: The Big Thirst
  • Author: Charles Fishman
  • ISBN: 9781627655507
  • Page: 380
  • Format: Hardcover
  • The water coming out of your kitchen tap is four billion years old and might well have been sipped by a Tyrannosaurus rex Rather than only three states of water liquid, ice, and vapor there is a fourth, molecular water, fused into rock 400 miles deep in the Earth, and that s where most of the planet s water is found Unlike most precious resources, water cannot be The water coming out of your kitchen tap is four billion years old and might well have been sipped by a Tyrannosaurus rex Rather than only three states of water liquid, ice, and vapor there is a fourth, molecular water, fused into rock 400 miles deep in the Earth, and that s where most of the planet s water is found Unlike most precious resources, water cannot be used up it can always be made clean enough again to drink indeed, water can be made so clean that it s toxic Water is the most vital substance in our lives but also amazing and mysterious than we appreciate As Charles Fishman brings vibrantly to life in this surprising and mind changing narrative, water runs our world in a host of awe inspiring ways, yet we take it completely for granted But the era of easy water is over Bringing readers on a lively and fascinating journey from the wet moons of Saturn to the water obsessed hotels of Las Vegas, where dolphins swim in the desert, and from a rice farm in the parched Australian outback to a high tech IBM plant that makes an exotic breed of pure water found nowhere in nature Fishman vividly shows that we ve already left behind a century long golden age when water was thoughtlessly abundant, free, and safe and entered a new era of high stakes water In 2008, Atlanta came within ninety days of running entirely out of clean water California is in a desperate battle to hold off a water catastrophe And in the last five years Australia nearly ran out of water and had to scramble to reinvent the country s entire water system But as dramatic as the challenges are, the deeper truth Fishman reveals is that there is no good reason for us to be overtaken by a global water crisis We have than enough water We just don t think about it, or use it, smartly The Big Thirst brilliantly explores our strange and complex relationship to water We delight in watching waves roll in from the ocean we take great comfort from sliding into a hot bath and we will pay a thousand times the price of tap water to drink our preferred brand of the bottled version We love water but at the moment, we don t appreciate it or respect it Just as we ve begun to reimagine our relationship to food, a change that is driving the growth of the organic and local food movements, we must also rethink how we approach and use water The good news is that we can As Fishman shows, a host of advances are under way, from the simplicity of harvesting rainwater to the brilliant innovations devised by companies such as IBM, GE, and Royal Caribbean that are making impressive breakthroughs in water productivity Knowing what to do is not the problem Ultimately, the hardest part is changing our water consciousness As Charles Fishman writes, Many civilizations have been crippled or destroyed by an inability to understand water or manage it We have a huge advantage over the generations of people who have come before us, because we can understand water and we can use it smartly The Big Thirst will forever change the way we think about water, about our essential relationship to it, and about the creativity we can bring to ensuring that we ll always have plenty of it.

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    About “Charles Fishman

    • Charles Fishman

      As a reporter, Charles Fishman has tried to get inside organizations, both familiar and secret, and explain how they work.In the course of reporting about water to write The Big Thirst, Fishman has stood at the bottom of a half million gallon sewage tank, sampled water directly from the springs in San Pellegrino, Italy, and Poland Spring, Maine, and carried water on his head for 3 km with a group of Indian villagers.Fishman s previous book, the New York Times bestseller The Wal Mart Effect, was the first to crack open Wal Mart s wall of secrecy, and has become the standard for understanding Wal Mart s impact on our economy and on how we live The Economist named it a book of the year Fishman is a former metro and national reporter for the Washington Post, and was a reporter and editor at the Orlando Sentinel and the News Observer in Raleigh, NC Since 1996, he has worked for the innovative business magazine Fast Company Fishman has won numerous awards, including three times receiving UCLA s Gerald Loeb Award, the most prestigious award in business journalism.Fishman grew up in Miami, Florida, and went to Harvard He lives outside Philadelphia with his wife, also a journalist, their two children, their two Labradors, and their two parakeets He likes his water from the refrigerator spigot, with ice, or splashing across the bow of a Sunfish.

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