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An infographic introduction to Earth's most important resource.
Children are aware that they should not waste water - "turn off the tap when you brush your teeth", "take a quick shower". But do they understand why? And that they could do more?
In 'Enough Water?' children will discover the reasons that water warrants concern. In simple text, the book explains the actual "cost" of the water that sustains their lifestyle. This "water footprint" is the amount of freshwater used to produce the goods and services they consume, including manufacturing, growing, harvesting, packaging, and shipping to market where they buy it. The human water footprint contributes to an irreversible loss of Earth's finite water supply.
Aimed at children, the clear infographics show how much water is used to make everyday things - what they wear, what they eat, and so on. The examples will shock: 240 gallons of water (visually comparable to 240 ice cream containers!) to make a smartphone; 92.5 gallons to make a T-shirt and 2,100 for jeans; and 634 gallons to make a cheeseburger (no toppings). The water footprint of just one bottle of cola is equivalent to 350 bottles of water which if stacked on top of each other would reach the roof of a 25-story building.
'Enough Water?' introduces a cross-section of water issues, including personal and industrial consumption, pollution, irrigation, Earth's limited freshwater supply, and drought which affects all continents. The clever, easily understood infographics raise awareness of how our all-consuming lifestyle is literally made of water.
For home, school and the library, 'Enough Water?' is essential for this generation of inquisitive children facing an uncertain future.
About the Author
Steve Conrad is the Associate Director of the Pacific Water Research Centre at Simon Fraser University in British Columbia. He is a content expert on assisting organizations, municipalities, and regional governments reach sustainability goals in energy, water demand and supply, greenhouse gas management, and operational efficiency.
Water management is a key environmental issue for controlling floods and reducing droughts; sustainable drainage systems provide a clear alternative to traditional hard infrastructure.
The built environment has become more susceptible to flooding because urbanisation has meant that landscapes that were once porous and allowed surface water to infiltrate, have been stripped of vegetation and soil and have been covered with impermeable roads, pavements and buildings.
Sustainable Surface Water Management: A Handbook for SuDS emphasises the SuDS philosophy and explains the sustainable surface water management agenda with a wealth of insights brought together through the experts who have contributed chapters. By integrating physical and environmental sciences, and combining social, economic and political considerations, the book provides a unique resource for a wide range of policy specialists, scientists, engineers and subject enthusiasts.
It brings together experts across the whole field of SuDS from the social to the hard physical sciences in order to both highlight the breadth of the subject itself, but also to show the flexibility and multiple benefits that such an approach can bring to the management of surface water. By integrating the physical and environmental sciences, and combining social, economic and political considerations, a unique resource has been produced.
This approach addresses issues as diverse as flooding, water quality, amenity and biodiversity, together with the mitigation of, and adaptation to, global climate change, human health benefits and reduction in energy use. In straightened economic times, efficiency and efficacy of approaches are paramount; value for money, payback and whole life costing underlie all undertakings, and SuDS is no exception.
Many of the chapters have a UK focus, but globally the UK (and particularly England and Wales) lag behind such countries as the USA and New Zealand. Hence, chapters are included to cover issues from around the world, alongside particular designs associated with the implementation of SuDS in tropical areas, problems with retrofitting SuDS devices, SuDS modelling, water harvesting in drought-stricken countries using SuDS and the inclusion of SuDS in the climate change strategies of many large cities. Such issues and technologies are far-reaching and, as such, can easily be extended to other European and global nations.
Susanne M. Charlesworth is Professor of Urban Physical Geography at Coventry University in the Centre for Agroecology, Water and Resilience.
Colin A. Booth is Associate Head of Research and Scholarship for the School of Architecture and the Built Environment and is Deputy Director of the Centre for Floods, Communities and Resilience at the University of the West of England, Bristol.
Using the latest mapping techniques, J.A.A. Jones, Chair of the IGU Commission for Water Sustainability, examines water availability, the impact of climate change and the problems created for water management worldwide as well as possible solutions. Water Sustainability: A Global Perspective is one of the first textbook to meld the physical and human aspects affecting the world's water resources. Part One outlines the challenges and investigates the human factors: population growth; urbanization and pollution; the commercialization of water, including globalization and privatization; and the impacts of war, terrorism and the credit crunch. Part Two examines the physical aspects: the restless water cycle, the impact of past and future climate change and the problems change and unreliability create for water management. Part Three discusses current and future solutions including improved efficiency and water treatment systems, desalination, weather modification and rainwater harvesting, and improved legal and administrative frameworks.
Jones concludes by asking how far technical and financial innovations can overcome the limitations of climatic resources and examining the human and environmental costs involved in such developments. This book is the ideal text for any student of water sustainability whether approaching the subject from the point of view of international relations, geography or environmental management.
During the second half of the nineteenth century the enormous increase in agricultural production, unmatched by technical advance in harvesting, drew vast numbers of rural and migrant workers into the harvest that lasted from June to October.
This book, first published in 1982, examines the technology, conditions and customs of the harvest and, through that, the life of the rural population of central England from the 1840s until the end of the century when hand tools finally gave way to mechanisation.
The economic framework of the period in agriculture is set out and there flows a detailed analysis of hand tools and work methods in the harvest. The population of harvesters, agricultural labourers and their entire families, townspeople and the gangs of migrant workers are studied, as are the crops they harvested.
This volume presents a selection of the main contributions made to the international conference on Integrated Water Resources Management (IWRM) entitled 'Management of Water in a Changing World: Lessons Learnt and Innovative Perspectives' that was held from 12 to 13 October 2011 in Dresden, Germany.
The book summarise the main messages issuing from the conference and contains selected papers which were presented during the conference, either as keynote lectures in plenary sessions or as submitted papers in one of the thematic sessions. The key themes of the book are:
- Water resources in changing environments
- Groundwater management
- Technologies and implementation
- Water management indicators at different scales
- Information and decision support systems
- Water governance: actors and institutions
The book provides an overview on important issues concerning the conceptual framework of integrated water resources management (IWRM). All presentations and abstracts and the corresponding PowerPoint presentations as well as a video recording of the panel discussion are available at the conference website http://www.bmbf.iwrm2011.de. Readers are encouraged to complete their review of the conference and its messages by consulting this interesting on-line source of accompanying scientific material.
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