One of SF Weekly's best article is some time. Down to Earth writing on a pressing problem, one that effects us all. Hesitant to call it a 'cautionary tale', to real for that to describe it.
'Cadillac Desert' by Marc Reisner (pub. 1986) would more fit that bill. His predictions have come through in spades, based on the same premise put forward by your author Anna Roth… essentially much of California is, or has been, desert… green and lush where we have tinkered with it… a short respite… now nature it wants it back.
If this story has 'wet your whistle' for more… get a copy of Mr. Reisner's work, his writing is a cross between Mark Twain and Upton Sinclair Jr. .You will be better for having read it.
(...Upton Beall Sinclair, Jr. (September 20, 1878 – November 25, 1968), was an American author who wrote close to one hundred books in many genres. He achieved popularity in the first half of the twentieth century, acquiring particular fame for his classic muckraking novel, The Jungle (1906). It exposed conditions in the U.S. meat packing industry, causing a public uproar that contributed in part to the passage a few months later of the 1906 Pure Food and Drug Act and the Meat Inspection Act. In 1919, he published The Brass Check, a muckraking exposé of American journalism that publicized the issue of yellow journalism and the limitations of the “free press” in the United States. Four years after the initial publication of The Brass Check, the first code of ethics for journalists was created. Time magazine called him "a man with every gift except humor and silence." In 1943, he won the Pulitzer Prize for Fiction…)
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