Laura Bliss turned to Joan Didion today to help make sense of Santa Anas, and fires, in our beloved Southern California: For all the praise of its “perfect weather,” L.A. is often seen as a city created in defiance of the laws of nature. …
In her writings, [Maria] Brower likes to focus on the overlooked parts of history, which is why her most recent book covers the subject of ranches and agriculture in Nevada County. She said there have been no books published on the subject, even though agriculture has been and continues to be the county’s largest product, behind mining and lumber.
A new Layperson’s Guide to Climate Change and Water Resources, written by Gary Pitzer, is now available from the Water Education Foundation. This 20-page publication provides readers with the facts about the vitally important issue of climate change and how experts predict it will impact already stressed western water resources. The guide was produced with the help of a grant from the California Department of Water Resources.
From Water | Food | Environment — The Blog of David Guy:
“In a brilliant new display on the intersection between the natural and human landscape, Butte County photographer Geoff Fricker explores the essence of the Sacramento Valley and reveals why the region is a California treasure that is unparalleled anywhere in the world.”
From the Redding Record Searchlight, in a commentary by Bill Keep:
“When Carey McWilliams published ‘California: The Great Exception’ through the University of California Press in 1949, we were in the midst of a four-year drought. In 1948 rain came in March — too little, too late. Losses totaled about $100 million, and only the agricultural giants were likely to survive.”
From the Los Angeles Times, in The Reading Life column by David L. Ulin:
“We are due for a storm, of course — two of them, one this evening and another beginning tomorrow night — and we all know how badly California needs the water, in the era of the Ridiculously Resilient Ridge. …
“Rain is the best thing about Southern California in winter; about anywhere it falls, really, but especially here.”
“What do the controversy over fracking, desalination costs, and the growing Syrian civil war have in common? Water. Global freshwater supply affects a broad range of issues, including public health, food crises, and environmental catastrophes.
The just-released eighth edition of The World’s Water series, edited by Peter Gleick, president of the Pacific Institute and the world’s foremost expert on freshwater, shows how water touches everything.
“The most difficult thing about a water crisis, says Robert Glennon in ‘Unquenchable: America’s Water Crisis and What to Do About It’ (445 pages, Island Press, 2009) is convincing folks there’s a crisis.”
“Gregory Zuckerman’s book ‘The Frackers’ tells the unexpected story of how a once-obscure method of producing oil and natural gas from shale rock led to a huge American energy boom – and to a bitter debate over whether that’s a great thing or an environmental disaster.”
“The history of oil and natural gas extraction has largely been the story of men with long straws, as Daniel Day-Lewis memorably demonstrated in ‘There Will Be Blood,’ trying to drink one another’s milkshakes.
“Gregory Zuckerman, in his new book ‘The Frackers,’ plants a less cozy image in your mind.
From the Santa Rosa Press Democrat, in a commentary by Eric Pooley:
“The people who are paid to spread doubt and confusion about our changing climate have been working overtime this week, because the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, a scientific body that includes thousands of the world’s best climate scientists, has just issued its latest assessment. …