From the creation of the planet billions of years ago to the present day, water has always been central to existence on Earth. And since long before the mythical Great Flood, it has been a defining force in the story of humanity.
Leading scientist and water expert Peter Gleick traces the long, fraught history of our relationship to this precious resource. Water has shaped civilizations and empires and driven centuries of advances in science and technology—from agriculture to aqueducts, steam power to space exploration—as well as progress in health and medicine.
But the achievements that propelled humanity forward also brought consequences: unsustainable water use, ecological destruction, and global climate change. Gleick outlines how the lessons of the past can be the foundation of action designed to support a sustainable future for water and the planet.
Gleick’s book, The Three Ages of Water: Prehistoric Past, Imperiled Present, and a Hope for the Future (PublicAffairs), is available for purchase.
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