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Last Call At the Oasis: The Global Water Crisis and Where We Go From Here    edited by Karl Weber order for
Last Call At the Oasis
by Karl Weber
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PublicAffairs, 2012 (2012)
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* *   Reviewed by Bob Walch

As the global population continues to soar and climate change produces unprecedented droughts as well as devastating flooding, the struggle over fresh, potable water will become more and more acute.

Although many people recognize the problem of shrinking water supplies, dealing with them is another matter. Not only are there regional and local issues raised over who gets what when it comes to water distribution but the issue also poses international problems as well.

In conjunction with the release of the film by director Jessica Yu, Last Call at the Oasis, this collection of essays addresses some of the issues and suggests ways of dealing with the water crisis. The 13 essays included in the book are divided into three sections: The Coming Water Crisis, Where Do We Go From Here, and Getting Involved: Resources For Learning and Activism.

Of the numerous reformers, policy-makers, environmentalists, and scientists who contributed to this book, you'll find an essay by Robert Moran on how oil and mineral development pollute and divert water supplies and a piece by Lynn Henning on how a family farmer became a passionate water activist.

Alex Prud'homme discusses how the water crisis affects everyone, Robyn Beavers looks at how smart businesses are making sustainable water management a competitive advantage and Zem Joaquin explains nine ecofabulous ways of saving water at home.

Those individuals looking for some thought provoking essay on water use and conservation would be well advised to check out this collection of essays.

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