Your Water Footprint

Your Water Footprint

The Shocking Facts About How Much Water We Use to Make Everyday Products

Book - 2014
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A "water footprint" is the amount of fresh water used to produce the goods and services we consume, including growing, harvesting, packaging, and shipping. For example, one mango uses 82 gallons of water, one 9-ounce stick of butter uses 366, one 7-ounce chocolate bar uses 449, and 5-ounces of ground beef uses 634. Producing a smart phone uses 240 gallons of water, a cotton t-shirt 660, and a pair of jeans 2000. Our current water usage patterns are unsustainable-- only three percent of the world's water is drinkable, and due to climate change, population growth and pollution, water shortages are worsening across the globe. "Your Water Footprint" uses eye-catching infographics with accompanying text to explain how much water it takes to produce an item or carry out an activity, and offer tips on saving water. With knowledge, educated decisions can be made and changes can be implemented to reduce waste.
Publisher: Buffalo, New York : Firefly Books, 2014
Copyright Date: ©2014
ISBN: 9781770854994
1770854991
9781770852952
1770852956
Branch Call Number: 333.91 LEAHY j
Characteristics: 143 pages : color illustrations, color maps ; 28 cm

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AL_ANNA Sep 06, 2016

Leahy visually explores the hidden world of water consumption with pictures and illustrations on nearly every page. Fresh water, required for life, is being depleted at an alarming rate. Virtual water is embedded in nearly everything we produce. Biofuel is renewable but the water is not. To produce 1 liter of biofuel, 11,397 liters of water are used. To produce 1 barrel of oil from oil sands takes 2.5 barrels of water.

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AspenRichter
Apr 19, 2016

This is a topic relevant to my interests. There is good info. But get to the point!!! Most of the narrative so far has been a rambling story about her woes, foibles, attempts and failures, etc. I'm not sure I will finish it.

ChristchurchLib Mar 31, 2015

Whether anyone realizes it or not, sustaining the average American lifestyle demands 2,000 gallons of water each day. How? Well, for starters, the amount of water needed to make a cheeseburger would easily fill a tanker truck. (And lest vegetarians start to feel smug, a single apple is the result of 33 gallons of water.) Distribute the three percent of Earth's total potable water among a global population of more than seven billion individuals and it's easy to see that the numbers just don't add up. Fortunately for readers who don't like math, the book's visual aids, including a wealth of charts and infographics, reveal the hidden costs of everyday items, from food and clothing to cars and computers. For more environmental auditing, check out Mike Berners-Lee's How Bad is a Banana? The Carbon Footprint of Everything. Nature and Science April 2015 newsletter.

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