When the World Runs Dry: Earth's Water in Crisis
by Nancy F. Castaldo
When the World Runs Dry: Earth’s Water in Crisis opens with an examination of water pollution due to lead, coal production, fracking, pesticides, fertilizer, sewage, pharmaceuticals, and harmful bacteria. Some of these factors such as lead contamination have received extensive news coverage. Some less. Case in point: In 2003 scientists discovered more than three-quarters of Chesapeake Bay smallmouth-bass had female egg cells growing inside male reproductive organs. The fish were ingesting synthetic estrogen found in waterways.
Basic information is supported with photographs, case studies, quotations, personal accounts, background, call out boxes, political implications, a variety of examples from around the globe, and financial details.
Water, water, every where,
Nor any drop to drink.
The Rime of the Ancient Mariner
The famous Coleridge line is a reminder that the occurrence of tropical storms, hurricanes, tsunamis, and other global water-related phenomena often result in flooding and rising seas, adding to the world's water stress.