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From the creators of the hugely acclaimed manhattan occasions best-selling Day within the existence and the US 24/7 sequence, Rick Smolan and Jennifer Erwitt, Blue Planet Run offers readers with a desirable and thought-provoking examine the water difficulties dealing with humanity on each continent, in addition to a few of the hopeful recommendations and brave “water heroes” inquisitive about assuaging this obstacle. The large-format quantity positive aspects greater than 250 images by means of the world’s best photojournalists, illustrations via best infographic artist Nigel Holmes, and provocative essays through Diane Ackerman (A typical heritage 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 detect magazine.Blue Planet Run highlights the very important contributions of nonprofits worldwide, 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 ebook contains insurance of the 2007 Blue Planet Run, an unheard of, continuous, around-the-world relay race designed as a warning sign to the realm. Twenty-one runners, representing thirteen international locations, 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 working over 15,000 miles throughout sixteen nations in Europe, Asia and North the US.

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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. Early in the 20th century, water from the Colorado River was mistakenly diverted into the Salton Sink, a prehistoric lake bed.

The United Nations has recognized 1,400 wetland areas around the world that are being protected from development, a collective area the size of southern Europe. Water supplied by the public utility in the Brittany region of France has become unsuitable for human consumption due to contamination from pesticides and intensive livestock farming. Today nitrates, toxins, heavy metals and harmful microorganisms are found in groundwater in nearly every European country and the former Soviet republics.

And the process begins again. As the reviewers will be judged by the success of these projects, they are motivated to stay in contact, offer advice and share best practices. All of this creates a transparent experience for everyone involved, Shah believes, a break from the old style of closed meetings held within giant foundations. ” Expertise and experience can now be administered quickly where it is needed most. “We end up with a distributed volunteer staff that is far more expert than any we might hire,” says Shah.

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