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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An investigation of water usage which combines infographics with a narrative detailing the typical volume of water necessary for common applications, from creating fuel to flushing the toilet.
Publisher: Richmond Hill, Ontario : Firefly Books, 2014
ISBN: 9781770852952
Branch Call Number: 333.91 Lea
Characteristics: 143 pages : colour illustrations, colour maps


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ArapahoeAnna 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.

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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