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Let there be water : Israel's solution for a water-starved world
Siegel, Seth M., 1953- , author.
Publication Information:
New York : Thomas Dunne Books, 2015.
Physical Description:
x, 337 pages, 16 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations (chiefly color), map ; 25 cm
"With hardly a day without a water-crisis story somewhere, Let There Be Water offers prescriptions on how countries, cities, and businesses can avoid the worst of it. With sixty percent of the country in a desert and despite a rapidly growing population, Israel has been jumping ahead of the water-innovation curve for decades. Israel's national unity and economic vitality are, in part, the result of a culture and consciousness that understands the central role of water in building a dynamic, thriving society. By boldly thinking about water, Israel has transformed the normally change-averse, water-greedy world of agriculture with innovations like drip irrigation, creation of smart seeds for drought-friendly plants, and careful reuse of highly treated waste-water. Israel has also played a leading role in the emerging desalination revolution. Beyond securing its own water supply, Israel has also created a high-export industry in water technology, a timely example of how countries can build their economies while making the world better. Built on meticulous research and hundreds of interviews with both world leaders and experts in the field, Let There Be Water tells the inspiring story of how this all came to be"--
Introduction: A global water crisis looms -- Part I: The creation of a water-focused nation. A water-respecting culture ; The national water carrier ; Managing a national water system -- Part II: The transformation. Revolution(s) on the farm ; Turning waste into water ; Desalination: science engineering, and alchemy ; Renewing the water of Israel -- Part III: The world beyond Israel's borders. Turning water into a global business ; Israel, Jordan, and the Palestinians: finding a regional water solution ; Hydro-diplomacy: Israel's use of water for global engagement ; No one is immune: California and the burden of affluence -- Part IV: How Israel did it. Guiding philosophy.
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