WATER in the Media

WATER named a Finalist for the Los Angeles Times Book Prize 2010
On February 22, the L.A. Times Book Prize Finalists for 2010 were announced. WATER: The Epic Struggle for Wealth, Power, and Civilization(HarperCollins 2010) by Steven Solomon was chosen as one of five finalists in the History category. Prize Winners will be announced at the Awards ceremony on April 29, 2011 on the eve of the annual Los Angeles Times Book Festival.

WATER named Amazon Bestseller and Editor’s Pick for 2010
Category: Top 10 in Outdoors and Nature.

National Public Radio’s ‘The World” Marco Werman and Steven Solomon discuss Egypt’s political upheaval and the proposed Nile River water sharing agreement, February 4, 2011

“Thirsty Energy, Scarce Water: Interdependent Security Challenges” Journal of Energy Security, Winter 2010-11
Steven Solomon writes about the water-energy nexus, and the interlinked security challenges of water scarcity and energy demand.

Watch Steven Solomon’s keynote address to the opening session of the Water Environment Federation’s Annual meeting in New Orleans, October 4, 2010, attended by 17,500 water professionals. “New Water Paradigms for the Age of Freshwater Scarcity” http://www.weftec.org/video/ogs2011.html

Nature Conservancy Magazine, Recommended Reading and Review, Autumn 2010 Steven Solomon’s WATER: The Epic Struggle for Wealth, Power, and Civilization.

Watch Steven Solomon’s 3 part interview for Rainmakers TV documentary in collaboration with PBS’ KBTC: http://www.rainmakers.tv/StevenSolomon.html

Read Steven Solomon’s blog in Grist.org on the occasion of World Blog Action Day, October 15. This year’s topic: Water “Redesigning Our Cities for the Dawning Age of Global Freshwater Scarcity” October 15, 2010 http://www.grist.org/article/2010-10-14-redesigning-our-cities-for-the-dawning-age-of-global-freshwater/

“The Struggle for Asia’s Water”
Read Steven Solomon’s article in Forbes’ special 10 year look ahead issue, September 9, 2010 http://www.forbes.com/2010/09/09/water-china-tibet-2020-opinions-contributors-steven-solomon.html

Review of WATER: The Epic Struggle for Wealth, Power & Civilization in Foreign Affairs September-October 2010 http://www.foreignaffairs.com/articles/66578/james-e-nickum/hydraulic-pressures?page=show

Around the Water Cooler, Blog Talk Radio, Listen to the interview with Steven Solomon http://www.blogtalkradio.com/aroundthewatercooler/2010/10/13/1130-am-et-830-pt October 13, 2010

DROWNING TODAY, PARCHED TOMORROW: Steven Solomon’s article on the Pakistan water issue in the New York Times: http://www.nytimes.com/2010/08/16/opinion/16solomon.html?_r=2&ref=opinion

Steven Solomon interviewed about WATER by Voice of America posted 7.21.10

Steven Solomon on BBC News TV
Water shortages ‘a global problem’
March 25, 2010

Steven Solomon on TAVIS SMILEY, PBS-TV
Earth Day April 22, 2010
(Short Clip, Full Clip, Transcript)
Steven Solomon’s Special Earth Day Blog on the Water Crisis

Steven Solomon’s Earth Day post ‘Earth’s Vital Ecosystems’ US State Department 4.1.10

Steven Solomon speech at Carnegie Council
March 31, 2010
(video, audio, transcript)
“Water: The Epic Struggle for Wealth, Power, and Civilization”

Steven Solomon on AirTalk with Larry Mantle, KPCC (Los Angeles), April 20, 2010
Audio only: http://media.scpr.org/audio/upload/2010/04/20/20100420_airtalk_water.mp3

Sierra Magazine “Fresh, Clean, and Scarce: Tracking the Growing Global Water Crisis” by Steven Solomon
Mixed Media  May/June 2010

A Conversation with Steven Solomon — WORLD WATER DAY Special!
Webcast: THE BOOK STUDIO w/Bethanne Patrick
Mon, 03/22/2010

Reuters:  Interview with Steven Solomon, author of WATER: The Epic Struggle For Wealth, Power, and Civilization
“Looking at water crisis through lens of history”
April 23, 2010

L.A. Times article on Steven Solomon at L.A. Times Book Festival,
Los Angeles April 24, 2010
Water: the new oil? Authors Solomon and Price discuss the dwindling resource

STEVEN SOLOMON SPEECH at Zócalo Public Square at Rand Corp, Los Angeles
April 19, 2010
Why Water is The New Oil
(summary): http://www.zocalopublicsquare.org/thepublicsquare/2010/04/19/why-water-is-the-new-oil/(video): http://www.zocalopublicsquare.org/thepublicsquare/2010/04/19/why-water-is-the-new-oil/

Fox News TV –  Earth Day Interview with Steven Solomon (no archive)

STEVEN SOLOMON at World Policy Institute New York, NY
April 13, 2010
Water Wars:  Beyond the Blue Revolution

Article on WATER on Grist:

New Review of WATER in The National Interest:
“Thoughtful…offers a new way to think about how societies will fare in dealing with new hydraulic stresses, many of which will accompany a changing climate…

“…Well-written volume that covers the whole sweep of history is a tour de force.”
—“The Green in the Machine” by David G. Victor February 23, 2010

“Top 10 Books of the Environment: 2010” selection
—  Booklist February 15, 2010

WATER  Review by Aquadoc: http://aquadoc.typepad.com/waterwired/2010/02/review-steven-solomons-water.html

L.A. Times Review of WATER, February 7, 2010

STEVEN SOLOMON on National Public Radio’s “THE DIANE REHM SHOW”, February 2, 2010, discusses Environment: Global Water Security
Windows Player http://wamu.org/audio/dr/10/02/r2100202-31361.asx
Real Media

Steven Solomon interviewed about WATER by Lewis Lapham The World in Time on Bloomberg Radio. aired Friday January 22, 2010 (approximately 20 minutes)

BOTTOM’S UP FOR HAITI’S WATER FUTURE, Huffington Post article: http://www.huffingtonpost.com/steven-solomon/bottoms-up-for-haitis-wat_b_428994.html?view=screen

A RECOVERY BUILT ON WATER, New York Times OP ED by Steven Solomon: http://www.nytimes.com/2010/01/17/opinion/17solomon.html

Steven Solomon is THE AL GORE OF WATER on Morning Joe: MSNBC:

Steven Solomon CBS Evening News:
READ THE ARTICLE ON: http://www.cbsnews.com/stories/2010/01/08/eveningnews/main6073416.shtml?tag=contentBody;featuredPost-PE
CBS Evening News Jan 8 teaser: Mark Strassmann: Water Crisis Preview
As part of the ongoing series “Where America Stands” on the “CBS Evening News

Read WATER AS THE NEW OIL on Seattle Times: http://seattletimes.nwsource.com/html/books/2010642314_br03water.html

Listen to Steven Solomon talk about WATER on NPR: All Things Considered: http://www.npr.org/templates/story/story.php?storyId=122195532

Read WHAT’S MORE IMPORTANT THAN OIL? Huffington Post article by Steven Solomon: http://www.huffingtonpost.com/steven-solomon/water-is-the-new-oil_b_380803.html

Read ROW FOR WATER: Katie Spotz, Row, Row Our Boat Huffington Post article by Steven Solomon: http://www.huffingtonpost.com/steven-solomon/row-for-water-katie-spotz_b_396838.html

Read OBAMA, PALIN, COPENHAGEN: The End of Drinkable Water? Huffington Post article by Steven Solomon: http://www.huffingtonpost.com/steven-solomon/obama-palin-copenhagen-th_b_393294.html

Read an article on WATER and Haiti by Steven Solomon in the New York Times: http://www.nytimes.com/2010/01/17/opinion/17solomon.html

Read an interview on WATER at Grist.org: http://www.grist.org/article/2010-01-12-water-author-stephen-solomon-talks-resource-intelligence/

CIRCLE OF BLUE: “Epilogue” from WATER: The Epic Struggle for Wealth, Power, and Civilization (HarperCollins 2010)
http://www.circleofblue.org/waternews/2010/world/epilogue-from-steve-solomons-water-the-epic-struggle-for-wealth-power-and-civilization/#more-9950 Jan 5, 2009

CIRCLE OF BLUE: “Solomon’s Water Wisdom”
http://www.circleofblue.org/waternews/2010/world/solomon’s-water-wisdom/#more-10008 Jan 8, 2009

ALTERNET “Water is the New Oil–and that’s going to be bad news for a lot of people” January 7. 2009

1h20: “Climbing Kilimanjaro Because Dirty Water Is Killing Children December 10, 2009



  1. Tune in to tonight’s BBC World News America at 7 pm and 10 pm EST to watch Steve talk about water scarcity, World Water Day, and his book!


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