*** Your Water Footprint by Stephen Leahy

Written by a Canadian journalist (isn’t Canada amply provided with water?), Your Water Footprint: The Shocking Facts About How Much Water We Use to Make Everyday Products is the perfect book to read during a Californian drought. “Read” may not be the best word, since most of the book is constructed around large pictures and infographics of many facts about water. Did you know that Denmark was in the top 10 water-stressed nations, alongside Lesotho and Haiti?That African women in developing countries walk 4 miles a day to fetch water? That eating chicken rather than beef one day a week saves 100 times more water than installing the low-flow shower head so loved by Californian water companies?

The only incomprehensible feature of the book is that the introduction features nothing but tightly packed words and figures, and almost stopped me from discovering the eminently accessible rest of the book.

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