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Aquafornia news The Sacramento Bee

Editorial: Summer reading

“Cadillac Desert,” Marc Reisner’s prescient classic on the American West and its water, is having a moment in the Senate.

Aquafornia news Water | Food | Environment — The Blog of David Guy

Blog: Sacrament — a California Treasure

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.”

Read more, and view the photography

 

Aquafornia news NPR

Each Page Of ‘A Drinkable Book’ Kills Bacteria In Drinking Water

From NPR:

“The organization WaterisLife is developing a ‘Drinkable Book’ that not only teaches water safety but can actually be used to treat drinking water.”

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Commentary: 1949 Book About California Drought Eerily Familiar

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.”

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Aquafornia news Appeal-Democrat

Around Yuba-Sutter: Local Author Signing Copies of New Oroville Dam Book

From the Appeal-Democrat:

“Local author Larry Matthews will sign copies of his new book, ‘The Building of the Oroville Dam,’ tonight [March 20] at the Community Memorial Museum of Sutter County in Yuba City.”

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Commentary: Writing of Rain in Los Angeles — and Elsewhere

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.”

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Commentary: Drought Preceded By Inaction

From The Salinas Californian, in a commentary by Dennis Taylor:

“When I was in college I read a remarkable book titled “Cadillac Desert” by the late Marc Reisner.
Aquafornia news Pacific Institute

News Release: The World’s Water Volume 8 Keeps Water Challenges and Solutions Center Stage

From the Pacific Institute:

“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.

Aquafornia news Redding Record-Searchlight

Book Explores Ways to Be Smarter About Water Use

From the Redding Record-Searchlight:

“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.”

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Aquafornia news Union

Book Review: ‘The Fracking War’

From The Union:

“‘The Fracking War,’ written by [Michael] Fitzgerald, is a book about the practice of hydraulic fracturing, commonly referred to as fracking. …

“The events unfold through the main character — a newspaper reporter who has gotten wind of widespread sickness as a result of the fracking activities in the community.”

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Blog: The Delta’s Own Agatha Christie

From the Alex Breitler Environment blog, the Stockton Record:

“Joan Klengler emailed me the other day after reading about the latest effort to brand the Delta. Turns out Klengler, who lives in the L.A.
Aquafornia news Associated Press

Book Chronicles Businessmen Who Led Fracking Boom

From the Associated Press:

“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.”

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Read more about hydraulic fracturing on Water Education Foundation’s

Aquafornia news New York Times

Book: The Hardy Folks Who Found Gold in Shale

From The New York Times:

“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.

Aquafornia news Following Water in California blog by Stephanie Taylor

Blog: Boom — A Journal of California

From the Following Water in California blog by Stephanie Taylor:

“A new journal about California out of UCLA, with an entire issue covering water history and issues in the Southland.”

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Aquafornia news Tahoe Daily Tribune

Book Review: ‘The Ghosts of Lake Tahoe’

From the Tahoe Daily Tribune:

Author Patrick Betson is a storyteller. … He has handpicked some of his favorite tales and brought them together in a 12-story collection, ‘The Ghost’s of Lake Tahoe: The Stuff of Legends.’ …

“Some of Betson’s characters are fictional and others we recognize: John C.

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Commentary: What New Climate Report Says, What Needs to Be Done

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. …
Aquafornia news Stockton Record

Author to Discuss Book on Wetlands

From the Stockton Record:

“Phil Garone, an associate professor at California State University, Stanislaus, will talk about his new book, ‘The Fall and Rise of Wetlands of California’s Great Central Valley.’”

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Aquafornia news Fresno Bee Newsroom Blog

Blog: Climate Activist Author Stops in Fresno on Book Tour

From the Fresno Bee Newsroom Blog:

“Author Bill McKibben, who is an award-winning journalist and a climate activist, will speak Saturday at Fresno City College as part of his latest book tour.”

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Aquafornia news Alex Breitler Environment Blog

Blog: ‘A Transcendent River’

From the Alex Breitler Environment Blog:

“[Bob] Madgic isn’t a new writer. I own ‘Pursuing Wild Trout,’ in which he tells some great tales about his family’s own adventures in the rugged and remote North Fork Mokelumne River drainage, and elsewhere.

“Then there’s ‘Shattered Air,’ a much different kind of book, which recreates in stunning and disturbing detail the 1985 tragedy on top of Half Dome in which two hikers were killed by lightning and three more injured.

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