Dry Spring: The Coming Water Crisis of North America Chris Wood

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Dry Spring: The Coming Water Crisis of North America  by  Chris  Wood

Dry Spring: The Coming Water Crisis of North America by Chris Wood
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As it warms, our world is running out of fresh water — fast. Lakes, aquifers and rivers are disappearing, but we consume more than ever. What will this mean for North Americans?The scarcity of water challenges the soaring success of some of ourMoreAs it warms, our world is running out of fresh water — fast. Lakes, aquifers and rivers are disappearing, but we consume more than ever.

What will this mean for North Americans?The scarcity of water challenges the soaring success of some of our continent’s fastest-growing regions: the American Southwest, the arid plains of Western Canada, the cross-border Great Lakes Basin.

Yet paradoxically, while unprecedented dryness afflicts such areas as these, violently wet storms pummel many others. And drought and flooding will only worsen over time.Dry Spring shows dramatically how water loss will devastate countless communities over the next 25 years — cities and farms, forests and coastlines, ranches and orchards. We meet people coping with the new weather: ranchers and vintners- fishermen and ship captains- families fleeing homes devastated by fire and rising tides- a “water cop” who monitors excessive sprinkling of lawns- and many others.

We visit Vancouver Island, a rainforest experiencing drought for the first time- British Columbia’s burning Okanagan- Alberta and Montana, both parched- the Great Lakes, drying out on the two sides of the U.S.-Canadian border- the inundated coast of Acadian New Brunswick- Las Vegas and northern Mexico, coping with ever-increasing drought, and more.In the years to come, Canada will get more water and the U.S. less. Wood demonstrates provocatively what this will mean for political relations. And he offers inspiring examples of choices we can all make that will help us preserve our water for future generations.



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