Latest News and Updates from the Pacific Institute
April 2017
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New Release:

Exploring the Case for Corporate Context-Based Water Targets


More companies than ever before are setting water targets, yet global water stress continues to rise. How can companies ensure that their water targets align with meaningful outcomes? A new paper released by the CEO Water Mandate (a project of the Pacific Institute and the UN Global Compact), CDP, The Nature Conservancy (TNC), World Resources Institute (WRI), and WWF calls for metrics and targets that take into account the unique contexts of the basins in which companies operate, recognizing physical and social thresholds.
Read more here.
Imagine H2O Water Policy + Innovation Summit 
The winners of the Imagine H2O 2017 California Water Policy Challenge have been announced. Pacific Institute Water Program Director Heather Cooley served on the judging panel for the challenge, which sources policy ideas to accelerate the deployment of innovative water data technologies. 
On May 16, join Imagine H2O in Sacramento, California for an interactive discussion with the winning teams and a diverse group of stakeholders.


Read the winning proposals and request a seat at the summit here


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Blog Explores Climate and Energy Issues 
From melting glaciers to longer, hotter droughts and extreme floods, the effects of climate change are changing the way we think about water. Read Senior Research Fellow John J. Berger’s latest Huffington Post blog posts on climate, energy, and natural resources around the world.


Read the blog here


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Where the Water Goes: Life and Death Along the Colorado River
Every gallon of water flowing in the Colorado River is claimed or owned by someone, writes David Owen in his new book Where the Water Goes: Life and Death Along the Colorado River. The book, which features Senior Research Associate Michael Cohen, traces the river’s water from its headquarters to its terminus, now a million-acre desert. The author, a frequent contributor to The New Yorker, will be on tour this week.


Read more about the book here


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Update from Circle of Blue
An Affiliate of the Pacific Institute
From the Syrian conflict to protests in Zimbabwe and Tunisia, water is playing an ever-increasing role in global civil unrest. In an era when global risks are increasingly becoming profound realities, HotSpots H2O, from Circle of Blue, provides a weekly roundup of the changing, often stressed global waterscape.
Read HotSpots H2O here. 
Visit Circle of Blue’s website here. 
In Brief
Pacific Institute Experts’ Outreach
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Corporate Water Stewardship: From Global to Local

Future Outreach   




On April 27, President Jason Morrison and Senior Research Associate Mai-Lan Ha will lead an event entitled “Transforming the Water Landscape through Stewardship” in New Delhi, India as part of the UN Global Compact’s Making Global Goals Local Business initiative.
Read more about this event here
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The Salton Sea in 2017

Future Outreach   




On May 5, Senior Research Associate Michael Cohen will participate in a panel discussion on the long-term environmental situation of the Salton Sea, at the California State Bar Environmental Law Section’s “Land, Air and Water: Navigating Complex Environmental Issues in the Inland Empire” conference at Riverside City College in Riverside, California.
Read more about this event here


The Status of Western Water 
Past Outreach 


On March 23, Michael Cohen participated in a panel at the Water Education Foundation’s Annual Executive Briefing in Sacramento, California. He joined state and federal water leaders from Arizona, California, and Nevada to discuss the current status of Lake Mead, Lower Basin allocations, the potential for water shortages, the importance of the Salton Sea, the status of negotiations with Mexico, and the Lower Basin Drought Contingency Plan.
Read more about this event here.
Read the full list of Pacific Institute experts’ past outreach here.
In the News
Pacific Institute Staff Help Shape Water Debates
The New Yorker: California’s Drought May Be Over, But Its Water Troubles Aren’t
USA Today: California Governor Lifts Drought Emergency
The San Francisco Chronicle: How Hydroelectric Power Has Roared Back in California
Water Deeply: The Battle to Save Public Drinking Fountains from Extinction
Read more news stories and op-eds featuring the Pacific Institute here
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