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Top 10 environmental books of 2009

By: Jessica Knoblauch on Jan. 7, 2010, 8 a.m.
Unquenchable: America’s Water Crisis and What to Do About It by Robert Glennon

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"Unquenchable: America’s Water Crisis and What to Do About It" by Robert Glennon

It’s time to turn the tap off. That’s the message behind Unquenchable, which reveals the extravagances and everyday waste, from enormous fountains in Vegas to supersized bathrooms, that is literally sucking the nation dry. Worse yet, the author finds that clean energy technologies like ethanol and biofuels will tax our water supply even further. But this crisis is avoidable, he says, if we finally begin to value water as a commodity and as a fundamental human right.