Blue Planet Run: The Race to Provide Safe Drinking Water to by Rick Smolan

By Rick Smolan

From the creators of the hugely acclaimed long island occasions best-selling Day within the existence and the United States 24/7 sequence, Rick Smolan and Jennifer Erwitt, Blue Planet Run presents readers with a desirable and thought-provoking examine the water difficulties dealing with humanity on each continent, in addition to the various hopeful ideas and brave “water heroes” curious about assuaging this drawback. The large-format quantity beneficial properties greater than 250 pictures by means of the world’s best photojournalists, illustrations through top infographic artist Nigel Holmes, and provocative essays through Diane Ackerman (A ordinary historical past of the Senses), environmental leaders Paul Hawken and invoice McKibben, reporters Michael Specter and Jeffrey Rothfeder, Emmy Award-winning television broadcaster Mike Cerre, Michael Malone, of ABC information and inventor Dean Kamen (the Segway scooter). Advisors and employees comprise Phillip Moffitt, former editor and proprietor of Esquire journal and Stephen Petranek, former editor-in-chief of observe magazine.Blue Planet Run highlights the very important contributions of nonprofits all over the world, together with the groundbreaking paintings of the Blue Planet Run beginning, which seeks to supply secure consuming water to 2 hundred million humans by way of 2027. The publication contains insurance of the 2007 Blue Planet Run, an unheard of, continuous, around-the-world relay race designed as a warning call to the area. Twenty-one runners, representing thirteen nations, begun the race on June 1, 2007, on the United countries and concluded in manhattan urban on September four, 2007, having rotated the Earth in exactly ninety five days whereas operating over 15,000 miles throughout sixteen nations in Europe, Asia and North the US.

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Divers often scrub the statue with wire brushes but have a hard time keeping it clear of the algae. Sewage and water runoff that contains fertilizers feed the growth of algae and bacteria, which in turn consume huge amounts of oxygen, choking plant and animal life, including 220 miles of Florida coral. And every day, about 1 billion gallons of sewage is pumped into the sea or into aquifers that leak into the ocean. 56 Blue Planet Run Stephen Frink Collection, Alamy Poisoning the Well 57 Beneath the frozen ice of the Ural River in Russia, affected by waste from Lenin Steelworks, fish have become too contaminated for local fishermen to eat.

Delhi isn’t alone: Many other great urban centers are suffering the same fate. The water table under Beijing has fallen A thousand dollars. What is a life worth? It’s not a small sum, but we live in an era when it is possible to participate in by 200 feet in just the past two decades. Mexico City was built on the edge of a lake that no longer exists. video conferences that link New York with China, or Tokyo with Tibet. There are people who earn millions of dollars The Salton Sea is California’s largest lake and one of its biggest environmental dilemmas.

She has lived in other villages and never had any health problems, but soon after she moved with her family to Sunying in Shenqiu County, she began developing itchy rashes all over her body. Stephen Voss We're All Downstream 117 A fisherman examines his net for fish after casting it into the polluted waters of a river in Shenqiu County. After an hour’s work, he had caught only 10 small bait fish that had blisters on their bodies. Stephen Voss Huo Daishan carries a slight smile on his face, almost beatific at times.

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