By Ellen Wohl
Far from being the serene, typical streams of yore, glossy rivers were diverted, dammed, dumped in, and dried up, all in efforts to harness their energy for human wishes. yet those rivers have additionally passed through environmental switch. The outdated adage says you can’t step within the similar river two times, and Ellen Wohl may agree—natural and artificial swap are so quick at the world’s nice waterways that rivers are remodeling and disappearing correct prior to our eyes.
A international of Rivers explores the confluence of human and environmental switch on ten of the nice rivers of the area. starting from the Murray-Darling in Australia and the Yellow River in China to vital Europe’s Danube and the us’ Mississippi, the publication trips down crucial rivers in all corners of the globe. Wohl exhibits us how pollutants, similar to within the Ganges and within the Ob of Siberia, has affected biodiversity within the water. yet rivers also are resilient, and Wohl stresses the significance of conservation and recovery to aid opposite the consequences of human carelessness and hubris.
What a majority of these varied rivers proportion is a serious function in shaping surrounding landscapes and organic groups, and Wohl’s publication finally makes a robust case for the necessity to steward optimistic swap within the world’s nice rivers.
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