FEBRUARY 2015 

NEW GUIDELINES BRING A HUMAN RIGHTS LENS TO CORPORATE WATER STEWARDSHIP


The United Nations Global Compact’s CEO Water Mandate, in collaboration with Shift, released its
first guidance for companies on respecting human rights to water and sanitation at the annual water conference in Zaragoza, Spain. The guidelines assist companies in the development, implementation, and disclosure of sustainable corporate water practices. The guidelines aim to improve existing policies by helping companies recognize the impact their water-related practices have on human rights and help them be responsible water stewards.
Download the guidelines here.

 

INTERACTIVE MAP AND TABLE DISPLAY CALIFORNIA’S WATER USE DATA

The Pacific Institute released a
new interactive map and table  that display California’s residential and system-wide water use over time. You can compare monthly State Water Board data by city, hydrologic region, and state values. The tools reveal California’s diverse residential and system water uses as well as highlight the areas that could improve their water conservation practices. As an ongoing project, the Pacific Institute will update these tools as new data is released and provide our analyses of the data periodically. 

  

Find the interactive map here.

Find the interactive table here.

 

THE TOP WATER STORIES OF 2014  


photo: J. Carl Ganter/Circle of Blue  
From California’s ongoing drought to the 
numerous water contamination incidents in the United States, 2014 made history with its significant water-related extreme events. In a recent Huffington Post blog, Peter Gleick and Circle of Blue’s J. Carl Ganter reflect on the most important water stories of 2014.Their top 10 stories highlight water-related quality, conflict, quantity, and management, locally and worldwide.

 

See what stories made the list here.

PETER GLEICK PRESENTS AT WEATHER AND CLIMATE SUMMIT

Last month, Peter Gleick 
presented at the Glen Gerberg Weather and Climate Summit in Breckenridge, Colorado. Alongside other climate experts, Peter spoke on the risks of climate change and extreme hydrologic events – addressin
g the links between extreme events, “peak water”, and rising water conflicts.  
Find presentation materials and videos from the summit here.

 

THE UNITED NATIONS HOSTS ANNUAL WATER CONFERENCE 

On January 16th, the CEO Water Mandate – which the Pacific Institute is Secretariat – convened a day-long meeting for business sector stakeholders. The session focused on exploring how corporate water stewardship can help meet sustainable development objectives through an examination of innovative frameworks and tools.

More details about the conference can be found here

 

UPDATE ON THE CALIFORNIA DROUGHT 

 

The Pacific Institute Drought Response Team continues to provide biweekly updates on the severe California drought. To learn more, visit  www.californiadrought.org.  

 

In January, the team featured California’s snow pack survey, worsening drought conditions, and endangered fish species of the Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta.

Read the latest drought update

 

REPORT FROM CIRCLE OF BLUE 

Circle of Blue, an affiliate of the Pacific Institute, i
s the international network of journalists, scholars, and citizens that connects humanity to the global freshwater crisis.

 
 
Water crises ranked as world’s top risk

 
photo: J. Carl Ganter/Circle of Blue

Global water crises – from drought in the world’s most productive farmlands to the hundreds of millions of people without access to safe drinking water – are the biggest threat facing the planet over the next decade. This is the sobering finding of the World Economic Forum’s Global Risks 2015 report. It is not only the fourth time water has made the annual list that ranks the greatest risks to economies, environments and people, but the first time that water has moved into the top position for impact.
 

Circle of Blue’s J. Carl Ganter attended the Forum’s annual meeting in Davos, Switzerland, where water, the Global Risks Report, and a “seriously disruptive year ahead” drove the conversations of world leaders and executives. Read the full Global Risks Report here  and Circle of Blue’s analysis here.

 

 

UPCOMING EVENTS

Wednesday February 11: Peter Gleick will be the keynote speaker at Georgetown University’s Center for Contemporary Arab Studies annual symposium. This year’s theme is “Political Ecologies of Shale Oil in the Middle East, U.S. and China”. Dr. Gleick will discuss the future of the water-energy nexus, particularly as it pertains to oil. 
Wednesday March 4: Michael Cohen will give a talk at the Urban Water Institute conference in Palm Springs, California to discuss the Salton Sea and general water issues facing California.
Friday March 20: Michael Cohen will speak on a Salton Sea panel at the California Water Policy Conference in Claremont. Find more information and register here.

 

IN BRIEF  

 

Pacific Institute Experts’ Outreach

   

In January, Pacific Institute staff presented at many talks and workshops. For instance, Heather Cooley presented the impacts of the California drought at the Botin Foundation/Rosenberg International Forum on Water Policy workshop in Madrid.


Read the full list and more details here
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NEWS AND BLOGS
 
*The Desert Sun highlights the Pacific Institute’s Salton Sea Report

*The Huffington Post: 13 Weird Moments In The History Of Water Fountains
*San Jose Mercury News: California drought: State residents increase conservation but still fall far short of governor’s goal

Read more news stories here.


Staff contribute to the Pacific Institute Insights blog, with detailed conversations and critical analyses on sustainable water management and environmental justice. Here are last month’s entries: