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Fiege, Mark. 2000. Irrigated Eden : The Making of an Agricultural Landscape in the American West (Weyerhaeuser Environmental Book.). Univ. of Washington Press. A study of the coming of irrigation to southern Idaho's Snake River valley.
Fischetti, Mark. 2001. “Drowning New Orleans.” Scientific American 285 (4): 76-86. A major hurricane could swamp the sinking city under 20 feet of water, killing thousands.
Folger, Tim. 2004. “A thirsty nation.” OnEarth 26 (3): 30-37. Describes how springs on which the Hopi depend for survival are being dried up by the Peabody Coal Company, and how the contract that allowed strip mining of Black Mesa and tapping of its aquifer was negotiated by Attorney John S. Boyden who represented both the tribe and Peabody simultaneously.
Foster, Stephen, et al. 2000. Groundwater in Rural Development Technical Paper No. 463. World Bank, Washington, DC, Providing clean water is a major factor in development.
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Gleick, Peter H. 1994. “Water, war and peace in the Middle East,” Environment 36 (3): 6-12. Since antiquity, water has been a prize and weapon of war.
Glennon, Robert. 2003. Water Follies Island Press. Excessive groundwater pumping is threatening freshwater supplies.
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Hallowell, Christopher. 2001. Holding Back the Sea: The Struggle for America's Natural Legacy on the Gulf Coast. HarperCollins. The vanishing wetlands of the Gulf Coast.
Harvell, C. D., et al. 1999. "Emerging Marine Diseases-Climate Links and Anthropogenic Factors," Science (US) 285: 1505-1510. September 3, 1999. Pollution and global warming are causing new examples of marine diseases.
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Jenkins, Matt. 2003. “California’s water binge skids to a halt.” High Country News 35 (20): 8-15. California’s Imperial Valley agrees to the largest farm-to-city water transfer in the nation’s history.
Jenkins, Matt. 2002. “The Royal Squeeze.” High Country News 34 (17): 8-13. For nearly a century, irrigation wastewater has kept the Salton Sea alive. Now, diversion of water from agriculture to cities may threaten wildlife.
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Koberstein, Paul. 1997. “Dam Slayers Have Their Day,” Inner Voice September/October 1997: 16-18. Across the U.S., there is growing support for removing dams that block fish habitat. This is one of six article in a special issue on river management.
Kraker, Daniel. 2004. “The New Water Czars.” High Country News 36 (5): 7-12. Court settlements over native American water rights have given a few tribes control over much of the water in the American southwest.
Kumar, M. Dinesh and O.P. Singh 2001. Water Policy 3(5): 387-403. Market instruments for demand management in the face of scarcity and overuse of water in Gujarat, Western India”. A lion's share of the scarce water in this area goes for irrigating cash crops at the cost of subsistence farming and rural drinking, while the pricing of canal water and electricity used for groundwater pumping is highly inefficient and inequitable.
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Levin, Ted. 2004. “Turning Oceans Into Tap Water.” OnEarth 26 (2): 29-33. Tampa, GL is building a large desalination plant. Is that a good thing?
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Malle, Karl-Geert. 1996. “Cleaning Up the River Rhine,” Scientific American 274( 1): 70-75. An encouraging case study of international efforts to control water pollution.
Mastny, Lisa. 2003. “Messing with the Mekong.” Worldwatch 16 (6): 21-28. China wants to channel and dam the Mekong, to the potential detriment of downstream neighbors.
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McCully, P. 1996. Silenced Rivers: The Ecology and Politics of Large Dams. London: Zed Books. A discussion of environmental effects of dams.
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Mincher, P. 1993. "The Philippine Energy Crisis," The Ecologist 23 (6): 228-232. Hydroelectric dams in badly deforested watersheds are silting up and causing an energy crisis. Local groups are calling for small-scale renewable-energy projects and energy conservation, but the government is pressing ahead with more mammoth projects.
Mitchell, J. 1993. “James Bay: where two worlds collide,” National Geographic 184 (5): 66-75. Great photos and good description of the social and ecological costs of Quebec’s James Bay hydropower project.
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Woodard, Colin. 2004. “State of the oceans.” Nature Conservancy 54 (3): 44-66. The oceans are in serious trouble nearly everywhere.
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