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For Our Thirsty World, Efficiency or Else

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Science  25 Aug 2006:
Vol. 313, Issue 5790, pp. 1046-1047
DOI: 10.1126/science.1132334

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When the Rivers Run Dry. Water--The Defining Crisis of the Twenty-First Century. Fred Pearce. Beacon Press, Boston, 2006. 336 pp. $26.95. ISBN 0-8070-8572-3.

Weaving together scientific, economic, and historical aspects of water resources, the author argues that the solution to the growing worldwide shortage of water lies in greater efficiency and new ethics of use.