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Institute Online Update for February 2003

Launches Water and Climate Bibliography

news for researchers studying climate change and
its impact on water resources: a searchable bibliography
of literature on the topic is now available online
at the Pacific Institute’s new resources web page.
Water and Climate Bibliography
contains over
3000 citations of both peer-reviewed and “gray”
literature, and offers a powerful and flexible search
interface. The Water and Climate Bibliography, paid
for by the Dialogue
on Water and Climate
, the California
Energy Commission
, and the California
Department of Water Resources
, will also be
available on a portable CD-ROM version in March.
Researchers are encouraged to submit new citations
for consideration using the online form.

Update: Pacific Institute to Present on Privatization,
Climate Change, Right to Water

Pacific Institute is gearing up for the 3rd
World Water Forum
to be held in Kyoto, Japan
from March 16-23. Peter H. Gleick, President of
the Pacific Institute, is scheduled to present at
the opening plenary session on the global water
crisis and human health. Pacific Institute staff
will contribute to a number of other sessions including
those on climate change and water, and water privatization.
The Pacific Institute is also planning to present
a number of case studies that look at the principles
and practices of good water management. For more
information on our Kyoto plans, please contact the
Pacific Institute’s Communications Director, Ian Hart.

Privatization: Pacific Institute Studies Stockton

Pacific Institute completed an independent
technical review
of Stockton, California’s proposed
water privatization plans at the end of January. Gary
H. Wolff, the Pacific Institute’s Principal Economist
and Engineer, found that advocates for privatization
“greatly overstated” the cost savings from
privatization while ignoring some of the possible
risks. Our technical analysis was presented to Stockton’s
Mayor and City Council on January 22 and was covered
by the Stockton


Staff Updates

Air Quality District Takes Action
| The Bay
Area Air Quality Management District finally took
action to place Red Star Yeast, the largest fixed
source of toxic air pollution in West Oakland, on
the list of Chronic Odor Violators. Red Star is
one of very few facilities ever to be placed on
this list, and this was due to pressure applied
by the community. Since the release of Pacific Institute’s
report, “Neighborhood Knowledge for Change,”
which identified Red Star as a major toxic polluter,
the community has been rallying to force Red Star
to clean up or ship out.

ISO Technical Committee 207 adds NGO Rep
| Jason
Morrison attended his first meeting as a member
of the ISO Technical Committee 207 Chairman’s Advisory
Group held in Washington, D.C. Invited to join the
group in December 2002, Jason represents the first
NGO to serve on the TC 207 leadership body.

Meeting with Congresswoman Barbara Lee
| The
Pacific Institute, the West Oakland Environmental
Indicators Project, and West Oakland community members
met with U.S. Congresswoman Barbara Lee to update
her on the environmental and social conditions in
West Oakland. Congresswoman Lee agreed to help advocate
for community identified concerns.

West Oakland Residents at Town Hall Meeting

| Residents involved in the West Oakland Environmental
Indicators Project made a series of presentations
at a town hall meeting being held to help guide
the area’s redevelopment process. Residents spoke
on the importance of improving access to affordable
housing, cleaning-up contaminated sites, and encouraging
green business development and used research from
the Pacific Institute’s report on West Oakland to
help make their case.

Workshop on EMSs
| Jason Morrison attended a
workshop entitled “Environmental Management
Systems (EMS) and Financial Incentives in the Public
Sector.” The objective of the two-day event,
held at the University of Pennsylvania, was to identify
relationships and benefits between entities in the
public sector who implement EMSs, including ISO


Lecture on the Global Water Crisis
| Peter H.
Gleick will give an evening lecture at American
University, Washington D.C. on “The Global
Water Crisis: A New Path.” For more information
call 202-885-2176.

Corporate Responsibility Conference
| Jason
Morrison will be delivering the closing plenary
address at this year’s Pacific Industrial and Business
Association’s annual conference, entitled “EHS
Performance and Corporate Responsibility: Building
Bridges and Competitive Advantage.” For more
information visit their website.

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