Sunday, March 28, 2010

Nat Geo: The Water Issue

Great news, folks. National Geographic's single-topic issue about our most essential resource is available for free download through April 2, 2010. Find it here.

The interactive edition is fantastic and offers extra photo galleries, animated maps and time lines - however the print edition, on news stands Tuesday, comes with a poster about virtual water that I encourage everyone to hang up in classrooms, subway stops and shopping centers nationwide. Proportional droplets of water display the number of gallons of water required to produce various products we all comsume. A pound of beef : 1,857 gallons. A glass of milk: 53 gallons. And if you haven't gasped already... A pair of blue jeans: 2,900.

And not surprisingly, I highly recommend Barbara Kingsolver's contribution Water is Life.

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