- Book #2 -
The Last Drop: Solving the World’s Water Crisis
Water is the next big Climate Crisis. Water stress – not just scarcity, but also increased demand and pollution – is already driving the first waves of climate refugees. Rivers are drying out before they meet the oceans and ancient lakes are disappearing. Many of the world’s freshwater sources are being drained faster than they are being replenished. Of the world’s major aquifers (natural underground reservoirs), over half are receding, from India and China to the United States and France.
I take an unblinking look at the current situation and how we got here. And then look to the solutions. How are Singapore and Israel, for example – both severely water-stressed countries – not in the same predicament as Chennai or California? Do we have to stop eating almonds and asparagus grown in the deserts of California and Peru? Could desalination of seawater be our saviour or push us further into an ecological nightmare?
THE LAST DROP: Solving the World’s Water Crisis will be published by Picador in June 2023 and is NOW AVAILABLE FOR PRE-ORDER.