DECEMBER 2006

The World’s Water turns 10 with ’06-’07 release

Introducing Dr. Peter Gleick and The World’s Water 2006-2007 at a reception for the book series’ 10th Anniversary, Ambassador Hattie Babbitt said, “Essential … It’s really an overused word for mostly over-hyped products. But this is essential reading for people.” Circle of Blue, Island Press, and the Pacific Institute hosted the November 15 event at the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace in Washington, D.C. Following his introduction, Gleick — Pacific Institute President and World’s Water editor — spoke to the assembled water experts.

Gleick at the 10th Anniversary Reception
Peter Gleick

It’s time to be a little more aggressive about water problems and solutions,” said Gleick. “There have been a billion people without access to clean drinking water for a long time. And we’re making some progress, but … we’re not making progress fast enough. And we’re making much less progress on the sanitation side.” Text and audio transcripts are available here.

For a decade, The World’s Water has informed and challenged standard thinking about global water issues. The current issue covers a variety of topics, from the humanistic (Environmental Justice), to the financial (Business Risks of Water), to the eclectic (Water on Mars). The book series continues to be the most comprehensive and timely source of information and analysis on freshwater resources and related political, economic, scientific, and technological issues.

The following morning, Gleick presented the book at the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars. “The demand for water is tied to the processes we use, the assumptions we make, and the technologies we implement,” Gleick said. “Demand doesn’t have to be inexorably growing.” A summary and video archive of the event are available online at the Woodrow Wilson Center website.

Gleick introducing Jay-Z
Peter Gleick

Water, in the form of driving D.C. rain, forced Gleick off his plane and onto a train for New York to introduce hip-hop mogul Jay-Z and address an audience of United Nations officials, MTV executives and water-related organizations at the world premiere of the documentary “Water for Life.” The film documents Jay-Z’s travels through countries affected by the ongoing global water crisis. “This event is a step in the right direction,” Gleick said, noting the importance of education and publicity to realistically address the global water-access crisis.

The World’s Water 2006-2007 is available for purchase from Island Press in softcover and hardcover editions.

Addressing attacks on science with the AGU

As part of the Annual Meeting of the American Geophysical Union, the Pacific Institute will be sponsoring a panel discussion entitled “Defining and Protecting the Integrity of Science: New Challenges for the 21st Century.” Institute President Peter Gleick and Francesca Grifo of the Union of Concerned Scientists will preside over the discussion, which will take place on December 12 at 8 a.m.

Gleick and Grifo will be joined by esteemed science leaders in a discussion on political attacks and interference with science. Talks will cover experiences with politically- and privately-motivated attacks, efforts to understand scientific integrity, and thoughts on the future relationship between science and policy making.

“There is growing distrust of scientists – long held in esteem by the public – and a growing misuse of science critical for public policy,” writes Gleick, who will present a paper that categorizes and defines more than 20 different kinds of attacks on science. Learn more.

Institute releases freight transport report

Swati Prakash
"Paying With Our Health"

At events in Oakland, Los Angeles, and Fresno, the Pacific Institute and partner organizations released “Paying With Our Health: the Real Cost of Freight Transport in California” on November 14. The report examines the health and social costs of freight transport in California, finding that implementing state-recommended pollution controls would cost freight importers, exporters, and transporters less than a penny per dollar of their California-dependent revenue.

“The largest companies in the world enjoy the benefits of having cheap access to California’s ports, highways, and railways in order to ship their merchandise,” said Swati Prakash, Institute Program Director and co-author of the report. “Meanwhile, they leave a toxic cloud of smog and soot in low-income communities of color and don’t pay a penny to clean that up.”

Learn more and download the report here. You can also follow the release’s media coverage below.

HEADLINES

The World’s Water turns 10 with ’06-’07 release

Addressing attacks on science with the AGU

Institute releases freight transport report

Career opportunities (sidebar)

QUOTE OF THE MONTH

“Water isn’t a blue or a red issue. It’s not a Democratic or Republican issue. It’s not a conservative or liberal issue. It’s a human issue.”

- Peter Gleick, at the 10th Anniversary reception for The World’s Water See HEADLINES

UPCOMING

12/6/06. Salton Sea [San Diego, Calif.] The public workshop will provide an overview of the Sea’s Draft Programmatic Environmental Impact Report (PEIR). Learn more

12/12/06. Scientific Integrity [San Francisco, Calif.] Peter Gleick will be presiding over a panel at the annual AGU meeting. See HEADLINES.

12/13/06. Salton Sea [Thermal, Calif.] Michael Cohen will participate in the California Resources Agency’s Salton Sea Advisory Committee meeting, to discuss the selection of a preferred alternative for the Ecosystem Restoration Program.

12/18/06. Community Health The Institute will co-host the first meeting of the Community Council for the West County Neighborhood Indicators Project in the Iron Triangle neighborhood of Richmond. For more information contact Swati Prakash.

CAREER OPPORTUNITIES

Research Associate: The Pacific Institute is seeking a Research Associate in water resources modeling and analysis to work on ongoing projects related to sustainable water management and use. The ideal candidate has experience in quantitative analysis and modeling (water-use efficiency, climate projections and water demand forecasting, energy and water, agricultural economics, and similar topics). Most modeling is likely to be Excel-based, but experience with other platforms should be noted. Interest and experience in diverse aspects of freshwater management and use are advantageous. Learn more.

Program Associate: The Institute is seeking an experienced Program Associate with a community/urban planning background who can lead our efforts in two main initiatives: 1) addressing the environmental and community health impacts of freight transport from a land use and planning perspective, and 2) developing a Neighborhood Indicators report for West Contra Costa County focused on environmental, economic, and community health issues. We seek an energetic, enthusiastic, organized person with strong analytical abilities, writing skills, and motivation. Learn more.


“PAYING WITH OUR HEALTH” MEDIA HIGHLIGHTS

Toxic Trucks — Highway Smog Means Asthma For Low-Income Californians” New American Media, 11/14/06

Port Pollution Coming Under Fire” KGO-TV, 11/14/06

Port firms shirk health care costs, study says” Long Beach Press-Telegram, 11/14/06

Ports dump pollution on poor: Report chides billion-dollar shipping industry for ignoring its pollution” Oakland Tribune, 11/14/06

How to pay for port pollution” Long Beach Press-Telegram, 11/14/06

Reduction of diesel pollution urged” Fresno Bee, 11/15/06

Some fear pollution’s rise on the import list” Stockton Record, 11/20/06

ADDITIONAL MEDIA HIGHLIGHTS

Saving the Salton Sea” KPCC’s AirTalk, 11/13/06

Author Event–The World’s Water 2006-2007” Woodrow Wilson Center for International Scholars, 11/16/06

Jay-Z presents ‘Water for Life’ – a video call to action on the global water crisis,” Unicef Newsline, 11/17/06

Water shortages in India, and the world” Gristmill, 11/28/06

Written and Audio Transcript: Ten Years of the World’s Water Circle of Blue, 11/29/06


STAFF UPDATES

11/28/06. Freight Transport [Long Beach, Calif.] Swati Prakash presented findings from “Paying With Our Health” at a town hall meeting sponsored by State Senator Alan Lowenthal in Long Beach. Over 300 community residents, several Long Beach City Council members, and Long Beach Port Commissioners were in the audience.

11/27-12/3/06. Water Financing [Paris, France] Peter Gleick attended a meeting of the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development to present the Pacific Institute’s report on new financing models for water supply and sanitation.

11/17/06. Freight Transport [Sacramento, Calif.] Swati Prakash and Margaret Gordon presented “Paying With Our Health” at the State Integrating Work Group (IWG) on Goods Movement in Sacramento. The IWG is a 60+ member board created by the California EPA and the Department of Business, Transportation & Housing to integrate multiple stakeholder considerations into the development of a statewide Goods Movement Action Plan. Audience members included a wide spectrum of government, industry, and public interest representatives.

11/16/06. World Water Crisis [New York, N.Y.] Peter Gleick spoke at the worldwide premiere of the MTV News Documentary “The Diary of Jay-Z: Water for Life” and Human Development Report 2006 “Beyond Scarcity: Power, Poverty and the Global Water Crisis.” The event was a partnership between the United Nations, Jay-Z, and MTV.

11/15-11/17/06. Corporation 20/20 Roundtable [San Francisco, Calif.] Jason Morrison attended a Tellus Institute-sponsored dialogue series dubbed “Corporation 20/20.” The dialogue focuses on reaching beyond mainstream corporate social responsibility (CSR), charting a path that embeds social purpose in the organizational “genetics” of corporate structure while helping to build high-performing organizations.

11/14-11/16/06. World’s Water [Washington, DC] Peter Gleick spoke at numerous events as part of the release of the 2006-2007 edition of The World’s Water. See HEADLINES

11/14/06. Freight Transport [Fresno, Oakland, and L.A., Calif.] The Pacific Institute, NRDC, the Coalition for Clean Air, and others released “Paying with Our Health: The Real Cost of Freight Transport in California” at press conferences in Los Angeles, Fresno, and Oakland. See HEADLINES.

11/9/06. Healthy Communities [Oakland, Calif.] The Pacific Institute hosted a follow-up to its October “Planning Healthy Cities” forum focused on identifying opportunities for collaboration between public health professionals and city planners in Oakland.

11/1-11/8/06. Sustainability Reporting [East Lansing, Denver, and Atlanta] The Pacific Institute’s long-standing efforts to promote best practices in facility-level stakeholder engagement and sustainability reporting reached a milestone with the inaugural best practices trainings of the Facility Reporting Project (FRP). Working with the Boston-based NGO, Ceres, Jason Morrison served as one of three course providers for training workshops held in Michigan, Colorado, and Georgia.


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