de Villiers, Marq. Water. Stoddart Publishing Co. Toronto.

The Governor-General’s Award Winner opens his wide-ranging account of the importance of water with a page of quotes. The one I remember is: Millions have lived without love. No one has lived without water.

De Villiers has written a comprehensive survey of global water resources and use, the effect of climate change on water and human intervention in water distribution and its geopolitical results. He writes about Canada and NAFTA, water in Africa and the Middle East. In the end he presents the necessary solutions – conservation, new technology, and most important the recognition of the political importance of water and how it must be shared to avoid water wars. This is an excellent primer and reference for one of the most important issues of our time.

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