When the World Runs Dry: Earth's Water in Crisis

When the World Runs Dry: Earth's Water in Crisis

by Nancy F. Castaldo
When the World Runs Dry: Earth's Water in Crisis

When the World Runs Dry: Earth's Water in Crisis

by Nancy F. Castaldo


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A riveting account of the worldwide water crisis—and what kids can do about it—from an award-winning science writer.

What would you do if you turned on the faucet one day and nothing happened? What if you learned the water in your home was harmful to drink? Water is essential for life on this planet, but not every community has the safe, clean water it needs. In When the World Runs Dry, award-winning science writer Nancy Castaldo takes readers from Flint, Michigan, and Newark, New Jersey, to Iran and Cape Town, South Africa, to explore the various ways in which water around the world is in danger, why we must act now, and why you’re never too young to make a difference.

Topics include: Lead and water infrastructure problems, pollution, fracking contamination, harmful algal blooms, water supply issues, rising sea levels, and potential solutions. 

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781616209711
Publisher: Workman Publishing Company
Publication date: 01/18/2022
Pages: 208
Sales rank: 317,384
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.10(h) x 1.00(d)
Age Range: 9 - 12 Years

About the Author

Nancy F. Castaldo has been writing about the planet for over 20 years. She’s contributed to the Sierra Club Waste Paper, NRDC’s Personal Action column, and others. She is the author of many STEM books including, Sniffer Dogs: How Dogs (and Their Noses) Save the World, Back from The Brink: Saving Animals From Extinction, and Beastly Brains: Exploring How Animals Think, Talk, and Feel. She lives in New York’s Hudson Valley. Visit her at nancycastaldo.com, on Twitter @NCastaldoAuthor, and on Instagram @naturespeak.

Table of Contents

Introduction You Just Turn on the Faucet, Right? xiii

Chapter 1 Getting the Lead Out-Water Infrastructure Problems 1

Chapter 2 From Chemicals to Coal-Industrial Pollution 23

Chapter 3 Pipelines and Protests-Fracking Contamination 45

Chapter 4 Farm to Water-Agricultural Pollution 71

Chapter 5 When the Water Runs Red-Harmful Algal Blooms (HABs) and Red Tides 82

Chapter 6 Drugs in the Water-Pharmaceuticals and Accidental Pollution 93

Chapter 7 Dry Wells and Day Zero-Water Supply Issues 100

Chapter 8 Hell or High Water-Flooding and Sea Level Rise 114

Chapter 9 Conflict and Cooperation-How Water Stress Affects Nations 125

Chapter 10 From Desalination to Reclamation-Potential Solutions and Action 138

Chapter 11 How You Can Make a Difference 154

Acknowledgments 169

Glossary 170

Resources 171

Source Notes 173

Index 181

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