A highly informative consumer's guide to the issues concerning fresh water in Australia today and in the future.
Australia is the driest inhabited continent in the world and current global warming forecasts are for it to become drier still but what do we do about it? Schemes abound but will they work, can we afford them and are there hidden consequences?
Few people know more about this issue than Asa Wahlquist, Rural Writer for The Australian. In Thirsty Country she lays the facts clearly before the reader. With no agenda other than to inform, Wahlquist explains how the various schemes work, or don't, their ramifications and their financial and environmental costs. She looks at ventures, small and large, that have worked, and ones that haven't. She exposes some of the stresses and strains between private water authorities and governments that can impede sensible development and she empowers the reader with useful practical advice that they can apply in the home, garden and on the land to reduce demand.
Asa Wahlquist has been the Rural Business Writer for the Australian for the past decade. Before that she was a freelance journalist with the Bulletin, Sydney Morning Herald and The Land, among others. In 2005 she won the Peter Hunt Eureka Prize for Environmental Journalism and in 1996 she won a Walkley Award for a three-part series published in The Land.
Current Affairs & Politics
Short-listed, Walkley Non-Fiction Book Award, 2008
Commended, Manning Clark House National Cultural Awards, 2008
Table Of Contents:
Where the Water Runs
Climate: the systems that drive Australia's rain
Urban Water Use
A Tale of 5 Cities
Water in Agriculture
The Murray-Darling Basin
What Individuals and Communities Can Do
Allen & Unwin
Social issues & processes