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Recent Popular Books on Climate Challenges

Roberts, Callum, The Ocean of Life: The Fate of Man and the Sea.  

An accessible, beautifully written book that begins with a concise discussion of the evolution of life on earth in the ocean and on the threats to ocean and, ultimately, human life attributable to the Industrial Revolution and population growth.  The book was nominated in 2013 for the UK Royal Society Winton Prize for Books on Science. Callum Roberts briefly discusses the book and its aims in this video: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JRHCGXe6s2Y.

Charles Fishman. The Big Thirst: The Secret Life and Turbulent Future of Water.  Free Press 2011. ISBN 978-1-4391-0207-7; ISBN 978-1-4391-2493-2 (ebook).

Drawing on interviews with leaders in water reuse and reclamation, scientific data from the U.S. Geological Survey and others, Fishman spells out in this accessible book how the 20th Century era of cheap and abundant water has come to an end and how pricing and use of water must change.  Among his most provocative observations are that 49 percent of the water consumption in the United States is used in energy production and that Americans use more potable water to flush their toilets than the total water consumption of the United Kingdom and Canada. Video of a recent interview with Fishman concerning the need for new thinking about water is here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KLFAzqD7FI4