DECEMBER 2004 HEADLINES

“The World’s Water
2004-2005″ Released to Enthusiastic Response

The 2004-2005
edition of “The World’s Water” (Island Press)
was released to nearly a hundred people who packed the 6th
floor auditorium of the Woodrow Wilson Center for International
Scholars in Washington, DC. Dr. Peter Gleick, who lead the
team of nine researchers that contributed to the book, gave
a presentation on “The World’s Water Crisis and the
Need for U.S. Leadership.”
Dr.
Gleick’s talk gave some facts and figures from the wide-ranging
publication, while focusing on growing global and U.S. water
problems.


Gleick’s central point was that the United States lacks
“a coherent and strategic approach” to both U.S.
and overseas water issues — however, Gleick continued,
solutions abound “if we use an approach that combines
smart economic assistance, technology development, and efficient
water planning and use.” Audio tapes of the presentation
are available from the Woodrow Wilson Center (contact Jennifer
Kaczor: kaczorj (at) wwic.si.edu) and the archived webcast
will be available in a few weeks.

More
information about “The World’s Water: 2004-2005″
– including PDFs of the Introduction and first chapter
– is available
online
.
Dr.
Gleick’s presentation is available as an online
slideshow
(requires Internet Explorer).

 

Attention
Water Managers: New Water to Air Models Online

To give
California water managers a better understanding of the
relationship between water management decisions, energy
consumption, and air quality the Pacific Institute has created
two water to air models — one for agricultural districts,
the other for urban districts.

Created
with funding from the California Energy Commission, the
models, along with a User Manual describing their operation,
are available without charge from our
website.


Institute Responds to California Farm Water Coalition

The Pacific
Institute has posted a response to the California Farm Water Coalition’s
criticism of “Energy Down the Drain,” a report that
Dr. Gary Wolff of the Pacific Institute co-authored with Ronnie
Cohen and Barry Nelson of the NRDC. The report looks at the close
links between water use and energy use in California and is available
online
.

Heather Cooley Joins Pacific Institute

Heather Cooley
has joined the Pacific Institute as a Research Associate in the
Water and Sustainability Program. Ms. Cooley’s research interests
include water privatization, California water issues, environmental
justice, and climate change. Ms. Cooley holds a B.S. in Molecular
Environmental Biology with an emphasis in Ecology from UC Berkeley
and an M.S. in Energy and Resources from UC Berkeley. Prior to
coming to the Pacific Institute, Ms. Cooley worked at Lawrence
Berkeley Laboratory studying climate and land use change, and
carbon cycling.

 



STAFF UPDATES

11/23/04, Margaret
Gordon
represented the Environmental Indicators Project at the San
Francisco Foundation’s “It Takes All of Us” series on race
and power dynamics for their environmental health and justice grantees.

11/20/04-11/21/04, Margaret
Gordon
attended the California Communities Against Toxics Conference
in Sacramento, Calif.

11/18/04, Peter Gleick
was interviewed for the Foreign Policy Association’s Great Decisions
television program. PBS broadcast times will be announced shortly.

11/17/04, The Woodrow
Wilson Center for International Scholars hosted the release of the new
edition of “The Worlds Water” (Island Press). Dr. Gleick
presented a talk on global water issues and U.S. water policy. More
information above and online.

11/17/04, Margaret
Gordon
attended a “Science, Community, and Environmental Justice”
meeting hosted by EPA Region 9 to discuss strategies for communities
and researchers to work together for environmental justice.

11/17/04, Emily Lee
and Margaret Gordon
attended a West Oakland Health Survey meeting
to discuss next steps for the survey. Survey partners decided to continue
planning for a more comprehensive survey, and to implement outreach
and education related to health insurance and asthma. Next meeting will
be Jan. 19, 2005. For more information about the survey, please contact
Emily Lee at elee (at) pacinst.org or 510-251-1600.

11/15-11/16/04, Peter
Gleick
attended the meeting of the Water Science and Technology
Board of the National Academy of Sciences, Washington DC.

11/13/04, Gary Wolff
presented the Institute’s recent work on privatization of water utilities
at Stanford Law School’s Shaking the Foundations Conference. Since publication
of “The New Economy of Water” in February 2002, Institute
researchers have been working to identify what makes successful public
or private water utility. Dr. Wolff is currently developing a guidance
manual for municipalities in the upper Midwest that are considering
privatization.

11/10/04, Peter Gleick
participated in the Water Panel of the Business for Social Responsibility
annual conference in New York City, describing the risks facing business
and the financial sector from a wide suite of water challenges. [Link
to our Business/Water report.]

11/10/04, Peter Gleick
gave a talk on global water problems to the Art and Architecture Departments
of Cooper Union in New York City.

11/6/04, Emily Lee and Margaret Gordon represented Pacific Institute
and the West Oakland EIP at the SF Green Festival’s “Community
and Environmental Justice” booths. Pacific Institute and West Oakland
EIP literature was distributed.

11/1/04 and 11/21/04,
Margaret Gordon and the EIP Coordinating Team met with EPA Region
9 staff to further develop an Air Toxics Collaborative in West Oakland.
The Collaborative plans to kick off its official workgroups by early
next year.

11/1/04, At McDonalds’
world headquarters in Oak Brook, Illinois, Jason Morrison briefed
Conservation International’s Business & Biodiversity Council on
the findings of the Pacific Institute’s recently released water and
business risks paper. Attended by approximately 30 VP-level CSR and
Environmental Health & Safety executives and procurement personnel,
the event focused on a discussion of the emerging issues around business
supply chains and environmental conservation.


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