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Greenfriar Calls Boom The Best Magazine In Many Years

“The best new magazine I’ve seen in decades…It’s just very good stuff, filled with some of my favorite Golden State writers and characters. And it’s beautiful to hold and look at, too—a digital version might have all the same ideas, but each issue of Boom is really one for the bookshelf.” - Ken Layne, Greenfriar.com

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California on Track for Worst Drought in 500 Years, Says B. Lynn Ingram

Dry riverbed in California. Photo by National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, via Wikimedia Commons

We Californians know the weather has been dry, but exactly how dry? B. Lynn Ingram and Frances Malamud-Roam, authors of The West Without Water, provide some historical context for the current drought in Monday’s Los Angeles Times. Ingram and Malamud-Roam look back further [more...]

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Boom Editor Jon Christensen Sees Green Future for L.A.

Bike lane in downtown Los Angeles (via Wikimedia Commons)

On KCRW’s Press Play with Madeleine Brand (segment starts at 41:30), Boom Editor Jon Christensen argues that despite popular perception, Los Angeles is now becoming a model for urban sustainability. Echoing arguments made in his recent High Country News article, “Brave new L.A.”, Christensen points to L.A.’s progress [more...]

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Boom Editor Jon Christensen on the L.A. Aqueduct at 100

Last weekend, All Things Considered interviewed Boom editor Jon Christensen about the history of the Los Angeles Aqueduct. Boom’s Fall issue looks at the Aqueduct at 100, exploring how the project transformed the American West, and arguably, the world. Many people remember the Aqueduct from the 1974 film, Chinatown. However, Polanski’s film gets the environmental politics of [more...]

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New UC Press Podcast: Harry Greene's Wild and Wonderful Career

In the latest episode of the UC Press Podcast, Chris Gondek talks to Harry Greene about his new book, Tracks and Shadows: Field Biology as Art, which has been called “an immediate classic” by Jim Harrison. Greene’s warmth and enthusiasm for his subject are apparent in this discussion, which ranges from his early years as [more...]

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Unanswered Questions about Sierra Birds: White-breasted Nuthatch

Birds of the Sierra Nevada presents the most up-to-date information available about the natural histories of birds of the Sierra Nevada, the origins of their names, the habitats they prefer, how they communicate and interact with one another, their relative abundance, and where they occur within the region. In this guest post, Ted Beedy and [more...]

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Win a Copy of Tracks and Shadows

Publishers Weekly calls it “Achingly beautiful” and Jim Harrison says it’s “an immediate classic.” Tracks and Shadows is both an absorbing autobiography of a celebrated field biologist and a celebration of beauty in nature. Harry W. Greene, award-winning author of Snakes: The Evolution of Mystery in Nature, delves into the poetry of field biology, showing how nature eases our [more...]

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Nicholas Kristof on Lead and Other Dangerous Chemicals

In an op-ed for the New York Times yesterday, Nicholas Kristof shared a story from Gerald Markowitz and David Rosner’s Lead Wars: The Politics of Science and the Fate of America’s Children. He recounts the story of Sam, who chewed on lead paint as a baby and suffered permanent brain damage as a result. Kristof compares “the monstrous irresponsibility [more...]

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In Memoriam: Robert C. Stebbins

UC Press is sad to note the passing of renowned herpetologist, Robert C. Stebbins, who died in his home on Monday at the age of 98. Stebbins was a Professor of Zoology at the University of California, Berkeley, a curator of the University’s Museum of Vertebrate Zoology, and the author of over a dozen books, including, [more...]

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Yucca Mountain in the Spotlight Again

A Federal Appeals Court ruled earlier this month that President Obama must make a decision about whether to use Yucca Mountain to dump nuclear waste. The Nevada site was designated by the George W. Bush administration as the nation’s only dumping ground for radioactive waste. The project has been halted since 2010, but the recent [more...]

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