All Tapped Out

Journalist Alec Wilkinson leads a water crises tour in his sobering report on the world’s pressing water problems. The overburdened Colorado River. A 3-year drought in Cape Town. Violent clashes over water in Sudan and India.

Hydrologist Peter Gleick, a founder of the Pacific Institute, says that options to address worsening water shortages in the face of increasing demands are limited. Still, he retains a tempered sense of optimism.

“While I truly believe we’re moving toward sustainable water management and use, I think bad things will happen along the way,” Gleick predicts. “We’ll lose some things permanently, like species.”

Esquire

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