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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.
This topic is central to contemporary concerns for more sustainable agricultural development. This is a well-written and clear book, with excellent data, tables and illustrations, addressing issues of water use, climate change, poverty and small farmers. The authors are highly respected and complement each other's acknowledged international expertise.' Professor Jules Pretty, University of Essex, UK 'This useful guide shows that there is great potential for increasing the productive capacity of smallholder farms in the drylands via a range of water management techniques, from the simple to the more complex. Providing a theoretical grounding and a practical guide, Water and cereals in the drylands will appeal to workers on-location as well as students, researchers and policymakers.' New Agriculturalist Cereals are by far the most important source of food throughout the world, either directly for human consumption or indirectly in the form of animal feed for livestock products consumed as food. With world population set to rise to nine billion by 2050, there is an urgent need to examine ways to increase cereal production.
Indeed recently the future of cereal production and consumption has been complicated by rising energy prices and the economics of biofuels, which are competing for the use of cereals. One way to increase cereal production is by the more effective use of marginal dryland areas. This book reviews the potential for increased cereal production in drylands across the world, from the USA, Australia and Southern Europe to Asia and Africa. It describes how improved water conservation, water harvesting and investment options can contribute to this, and suggests policies for the more efficient use of existing natural resources in order to lessen the dependence of agriculture on further irrigation development.
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.
As you walk along from day to day in your own individual and unique garden, you realize that the garden is full of life. The secret is not to only harvest just the physical fruits, but to glean, reap and harvest the lessons that come from each new challenge in our path. Remember that this is YOUR garden and you can choose to plant whatever it is you want to see flourish in your garden of your life. With the intention that one day you also will inspire someone else to plant a seed that will grow into something beautiful also. Take every experience you encounter, either good or bad and turn it over, work with it until you obtain your own life lesson from that experience and then...pass it along. spreading the peace and lessons abroad to all willing people that feel they don't have what it takes to make it. Encourage yourself first, and then go forward and encourage others they can make a real difference, just one seed at a time.
It has been estimated that globally, 1.2 billion people live with acute shortage of water. Water scarcity, particularly in south and south-east Asian countries, is well known. However, the social dilemmas and insecurities related to water issues are often less discussed. In the case of south and south-east Asia, the distribution of available water amongst various casts and creeds has been determined through several social hierarchies. Hence, water forms a critical socio-political issue, with a multi-faced dimension. This book critically analyses the associated social issues of increasing water scarcity in countries such as India. It documents the social impacts and predicament of water scarcity. The book will be of prime interest to researchers, policy makers and practitioners in the fields of development and environment, as well as water planners, and it will be a useful reference guide for future research in the field of water scarcity and risk management. Topics analysed include arsenic contamination, the impact of salinity on livelihood and mitigation, and drought resilience, adaptation and policy. The book concludes by providing lessons, challenges and future perspectives of water insecurity.
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