Hardcover, 164 pages, 270 x 240 mm, 160 colour illustrations, 1995
UK David & Charles ISBN 978-0-715-30425-9
USA Sterling ISBN 978-0-806-94212-4
Water is the very basis of life on earth: without it, fertile land becomes barren and sterile, and plants and animals cannot survive.
For thousands of years water has sustained the world’s human population in complex interaction with the rest of the natural environment. Yet today nowhere on the planet seems spared from one sort of water crisis or another. Looked at as unrelated events, floods, water shortages, famine and droughts may seem to fit our notion of ‘natural disasters’; the truth is, however, that many of them are the direct result of the way we have come to use or abuse water from day to day.
Bringing the issues vividly to life through striking colour photographs, The Greenpeace Book of Water provides an accessible and thorough overview of this important subject. While not skimping on the scientific grounding necessary to understand the intricacies of the global water cycle, the text is written with an emphasis on the unusual and the unexpected: memorable images, visual and verbal, leap from every page.
Attractively presented and beautifully illustrated with over 150 stunning colour photoraphs, this book is a must for anyone interested in how the natural world functions when it is allowed to thrive as well as providing a stern warning about what actually happens when human intervention causes things to go wrong.
In Germany, The Greenpeace Book of Water won the environmental book of the year award for 1995.