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I use this for a split upper-level undergrad/Masters course and students and I love it. It's very readable, with short, engaging case studies; and they do a fabulous job integrating science, social context, interactions, etc. In the process, they illuminate a tremendous amount of the integrative complexity, and possibility for improvement, in water issues around the world.
Excellent but tough - hard to take in more than small doses. The number and volume of examples of already visible effects grinds one down, and I now recognise and really understand the meaning of ‘Environmental Grief/Anxiety’ syndrome, which is apparently increasing among professional ecologist colleagues. Those already fully ‘woke’ to what global climate change is capable of hitting us with don’t need to read this; we’ve been shouting about it for several years. Deniers are unlikely to be moved or impressed. It would be wonderful though if all thinking people in the middle ground read it and really take its message in. We don’t have very long!
I have the original book but this one has been extensively revised and really it makes it into a new book. As I remember it, the emphasis on the first was serious depletion of groundwater aquifers due to overpumping.
The emphasis of this second book seems at least one stage further on: Pearce now emphasises how much damage dams and irrigation systems have caused in some places and that this has often led to unexpected displacement of downstream populations when their rivers dry up. This, in turn, is a driver for the recent surge of migration to Europe, in particular.
Fred Pearce's book, "When the rivers run dry" is very well written and structured making this extremely important subject very approachable. It is divided into many sections of 5 to 7 pages many of which can be read independently. Each case study of water situations adn problems around the world is very clearly presented and readable with much background and factual information.