“Water in Plain Sight: Hope for a Thirsty World”
By Judith D. Schwartz
St. Martin’s Press, $26.99
Karen Schaefer, in her review of Schwartz’s book, says:
Schwartz says plants aren’t just recipients of water: They also play a crucial role in determining where water goes and what it does. So vast forests such as the Amazon help drive weather in other parts of the plant, not just locally.
One fascinating fact Schwartz turns up is that forests emit natural aerosols that enhance cloud condensation. So forests really create their own rain cycles and perpetuate the water they need to grow.
In many ways, Schwartz says, trees really are the answer to drought and water enrichment, in addition to sequestering carbon and keeping it out of the atmosphere.