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The Bookshelf: Jan. 28, 2015

In this week's Bookshelf, our content partner Kirkus Reviews highlights Running Dry.

Running Dry: The Global Water Crisis by Stuart A. Kallen

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RUNNING DRY: The Global Water Crisis

by Stuart A. Kallen 

In urgent tones, a call for action as climate change and continuing waste and pollution of available fresh water pose imminent threats to human health and agriculture.

Drawing from recently published reports and news stories, Kallen paints an alarming picture. Aquifers are being sucked dry by large-scale agriculture, lake levels are falling, and water sources above- and belowground are being polluted. Though he points to a few significant counterefforts—the Clean Water Act (1972) in the United States and local initiatives elsewhere, such as “rainwater harvesting” ponds in India and Kenya—these come off as spotty responses that are often hobbled by political and corporate foot-dragging … Cogent of topic, but for readability, it’s aptly titled.

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