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ISBN-10: 022671960X
ISBN-13: 9780226719603
Publisher: University of Chicago Press
Publish Date: 06/13/2022
Dimensions: 9.10" L, 6.00" W, 1.10" H

Water Always Wins: Thriving in an Age of Drought and Deluge

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A hopeful journey around the world and across time, illuminating better ways to live with water.

Nearly every human endeavor on the planet was conceived and constructed with a relatively stable climate in mind. But as new climate disasters remind us every day, our world is not stable–and it is changing in ways that expose the deep dysfunction of our relationship with water. Increasingly severe and frequent floods and droughts inevitably spur calls for higher levees, bigger drains, and longer aqueducts. But as we grapple with extreme weather, a hard truth is emerging: our development, including concrete infrastructure designed to control water, is actually exacerbating our problems. Because sooner or later, water always wins.

In this quietly radical book, science journalist Erica Gies introduces us to innovators in what she calls the Slow Water movement who start by asking a revolutionary question: What does water want? Using close observation, historical research, and cutting-edge science, these experts in hydrology, restoration ecology, engineering, and urban planning are already transforming our relationship with water.

Modern civilizations tend to speed water away, erasing its slow phases on the land. Gies reminds us that water’s true nature is to flex with the rhythms of the earth: the slow phases absorb floods, store water for droughts, and feed natural systems. Figuring out what water wants–and accommodating its desires within our human landscapes–is now a crucial survival strategy. By putting these new approaches to the test, innovators in the Slow Water movement are reshaping the future.

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"In a world awash with water stress, Gies and the many people featured in her pages are leading the way to a future where people might live in a sustainable relationship with the element that sustains us all. It is entertaining, engaging, and applicable nearly everywhere in the world–every reader will find connections to their home communities here."–Peter K. Brewitt, Wofford College
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Details

ISBN-10: 022671960X
ISBN-13: 9780226719603
Publisher: University of Chicago Press
Publish Date: 06/13/2022
Dimensions: 9.10" L, 6.00" W, 1.10" H
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