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Head of Zeus
Water Always Wins: Going With the Flow to Thrive in the Age of Droughts, Floods, and Climate Change Erica Gies

A journey through time and around the world to uncover what water wants and learn how collaborating with it makes us resilient in a changing climate.

Trouble with water – increasingly frequent, extreme floods and droughts — is one of the first obvious signs of climate change. Meanwhile, urban sprawl, industrial agriculture and engineered water infrastructure are making things worse. As our control attempts fail, we are forced to recognize an eternal truth: sooner or later, water always wins.

Award-winning science journalist Erica Gies follows water 'detectives' as they search for clues to water's past and present. Their tools: cutting-edge science and research into historical ecology, hydrology, animal life, and earlier human practices. Their discoveries: modern civilizations tend to speed water away, erasing its slow phases on the land. But that's when the magic happens to absorb floods, store water for droughts, and feed natural systems.

Water wants to reclaim that slow ebb and flow. Innovators in what Gies is calling the 'Slow Water' movement are accommodating that desire, showing us how to forge a more resilient future.

Head of Zeus, an Apollo book * Science
05 May 2022 * 352pp * £7.99 * 9781800247383
Erica Gies
Erica Gies
Erica Gies is an award-winning journalist and National Geographic Explorer based in Victoria, British Columbia and San Francisco. She writes about water, climate change, plants and critters for the New York Times, Atlantic, Guardian, Economist, Scientific American, New Scientist, Wired, and other publications.