By Rick Smolan
From the creators of the hugely acclaimed big apple instances best-selling Day within the existence and the United States 24/7 sequence, Rick Smolan and Jennifer Erwitt, Blue Planet Run offers readers with a desirable and thought-provoking examine the water difficulties dealing with humanity on each continent, in addition to many of the hopeful ideas and brave “water heroes” enthusiastic about assuaging this concern. The large-format quantity beneficial properties greater than 250 pictures through the world’s best photojournalists, illustrations by means of prime infographic artist Nigel Holmes, and provocative essays via Diane Ackerman (A common background of the Senses), environmental leaders Paul Hawken and invoice McKibben, reporters Michael Specter and Jeffrey Rothfeder, Emmy Award-winning television broadcaster Mike Cerre, Michael Malone, of ABC information and inventor Dean Kamen (the Segway scooter). Advisors and employees contain Phillip Moffitt, former editor and proprietor of Esquire journal and Stephen Petranek, former editor-in-chief of realize magazine.Blue Planet Run highlights the important contributions of nonprofits world wide, together with the groundbreaking paintings of the Blue Planet Run beginning, which seeks to supply secure ingesting water to two hundred million humans by means of 2027. The publication comprises assurance of the 2007 Blue Planet Run, an extraordinary, continuous, around-the-world relay race designed as a take-heed call to the area. Twenty-one runners, representing thirteen international locations, all started the race on June 1, 2007, on the United countries and concluded in ny urban on September four, 2007, having rotated the Earth in exactly ninety five days whereas working over 15,000 miles throughout sixteen nations in Europe, Asia and North the United States.
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