A River No Longer Runs Through It

Dry RiverbedI read this interesting interview with author Fred Pearce yesterday and it really opened my eyes. Mr. Pearce released When the Rivers Run Dry this year, and I need to read this book. I’ve heard time and again how fresh water is becoming a scarce commodity, but I had no idea how bad it’s become. I knew the Colorado River was essentially used up by the thirsty Southwest, but I didn’t know the Rio Grande also runs dry 700 miles from the Gulf of Mexico. The litany of rivers sucked dry is frightening; the Indus in Pakistan, the Yellow River in China, and the Nile River in Egypt is a trickle when it reaches the Mediterranean. Water is a looming crisis, and it looks like another case of the Tragedy of the Commons.