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Download ç PDF, eBook or Kindle ePUB free  Charles Fishman 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 liuid ice and vapor there is a fourth molecular water fused into rock 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 The Big PDFEPUBit 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. This is a superb book and one that should be reuired reading for every human being Instead of reading some of the drivel classics in high school kids should read about the single most important element in life water There is something enigmatic about our attitude about water Our attitude about water is something akin to the old song line you only really appreciate something when you lose it This book is not a polemic or screaming about yet another crisis Although water is becoming a crisis his point is educational He talks about every aspect of water I especially like the parts in which he described the chemistry and physical uniueness of water One fact about water that absolutely blew me away Every molecule of water that is on the Earth has been here since its formation We neither add nor subtract water It just gets moved around We are so spoiled regarding water in the US especially in the part in which I live He points out the confusion in our minds about water The author compares our 247 water accessibility with the supply in India In most Indian communities even the wealthy ones water is only available one or two hours a day In some parts of India an entire day is consumed mainly by school aged girls walking to a distant water supply and carrying it back on their heads For us water is virtually free and we waste it with impunity People complain about a dollar a month increase in the cost of water supply while they remain silent about a 10% cable TV charge Is it really necessary to flush our solid waste with purified chemically treated potable water Suffice it to say that after reading this book my head was straightened out and I now turn off the water when brushing my teeth I liked this book so much I read it twice It was better the second time

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Download ↠ The Big Thirst å PDF, eBook or Kindle ePUB free ✓ [Epub] ➚ The Big Thirst By Charles Fishman – 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 liui E 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. This is one of the first books that I read that is related to my degree so I have nothing to compare it to But the comparison is not necessary The Big Thirst gives you everything you need to know about water for you to grasp an understanding of our relationship with water Fishman sets down the facts for you from the funny ones that all water was at one point a dinosaurs piss to the stress inducing ones how a water crisis is very close to happening if not happening right now In one of my classes Water Resources Economics there's a solved example that based on the population growth and current water consumption it estimated when we'll run out of water and it estimated that it would be in the 2050s I didn't think much about it then but now I'm thinking that example was a bit inaccurate because it assumed that all water is a finite source that the water isn't getting recycled over and over again If it was just drinking water that would have made a lot sense I'm sueing my university I got into this book thinking it is only about the united states so I was pleased when other countries were talked about However that left me wanting stories from other countries Because this is a global issue you have to at least discuss than 3 countries in detail for it to cover the basics of what's going on But this is already a big book so I see why 3 was the magic number I just wish a follow up book gets published because there's still so much to this topic and this just wasn't enough for me Still I think this book was a good place to start on my journey to understanding water and its sustainability I recommend it to anyone interested in the environment and just wanna know about the invisible life of water

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The Big ThirstExotic 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 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 w. The first section of The Big Thirst contains facts per suare inch than any book I’ve read in a long time and they are all about water How much how little where it comes from what’s in it where it’s located who has it who doesn’t why it’s important what it does as well as it’s physical and chemical properties and its role in the universe There are lists of facts metaphors analogies and comparisons and every one of them is interestingUnfortunately this burst from the starting gate cannot be sustained and Fishman doubles over hands on knees wheezing and coughing from his fit of exertion now begins to rambleIn the second section Fishman gushes not unlike a glistening fountain over how Las Vegas has become a paragon of water stewardship As evidence he points to the fact that conservation measures have reduced overall water consumption by the city since the 1980's while the city's population has grown significantly This is indeed a great accomplishment and one that deserves accolades Here's the problem though it's a city in the desert Vegas is not an area where people are living sustainably or in harmony with the local environment It is in fact just the opposite While that's bad enough per capita water use of a Vegas resident is currently about 255 gallons per day Compare that with 99 gallons per person per day for the average US resident and 51 gallons per person per day for someone living in Maine Not to mention that the capita residential water use in the United States is than four times as high as in England and five times as high as in Germany If Greenpeace mated with the Sierra Club I suspect their offspring would look nothing like Las VegasFishman then goes on to describe a random series of water projects including a reverse osmosis plant at IBM a wool washing facility in Australia reconstruction of a water treatment plant in Galveston Texas after Hurricane Ike in 2008 the Australian droughtIn a few of the above examples Fishman goes into endless mind numbing detail that seemingly serves no purpose or supports a broader point He’s like a child who picks up a shiny rock then another and another then every rock in the vicinity unable to distinguish between those worth saving and those that should be discarded So what is the broader point being made That we should think about water and not take it for granted even those details that are mundane boring irrelevant or trivial We should think about those too