JANUARY 2007

Hundreds Attend Institute’s Science Integrity Panel

Despite driving rain and an early start time, hundreds of scientists attended a Pacific Institute-convened discussion on science integrity at the American Geophysical Union’s Fall Meeting. The session, Defining and Protecting the Integrity of Science: New Challenges for the 21st Century, which took place on December 12, included Institute President Dr. Peter Gleick, AGU President Timothy Killeen, Science Editor-in-Chief Don Kennedy, atmospheric scientist Judith Curry, and Union of Concerned Scientists Senior Scientist Francesca Grifo. A packed house of more than 450 scientists heard presentations and raised questions about political attacks and how to turn the tide in the coming years.

Dr. Peter Gleick
Peter Gleick

In the last several years, we’ve seen an increase in both the misuse of science and I would say an increase of bad science in a number of very important issues; for example, in global climate change, international peace and security, and water resources, said Gleick, as quoted by the BBC.

Coverage of the meeting, including downloadable presentations and stories on other panels, can be found at the Integrity of Science blog. The Pacific Institute’s Integrity of Science Initiative helps counter the assault on science and scientific integrity in the public policy arena. Learn more.

Gleick featured in PBS Water Series

Pacific Institute President Dr. Peter Gleick was a featured expert in a special report on PBS in late 2006. Over four nights, the National Business Report examined problems and solutions facing the U.S. water supply in its special series “H20 Woes.”

 
H20 Woes

“As populations grow, the pressure to find more and more high quality, reliable water also grows, and it becomes more and more expensive,” said Gleick in Part 1 of the series. “But in addition, we are increasingly contaminating the water that we have, with agricultural wastes, with human wastes, with industrial wastes, and we have to spend more and more to ensure that the water that comes out of our taps is high quality and is safe enough to drink and to do the other things we want to do with it.”

Each segment is available to stream on-line.

Institute Subsidiary Earns EPA Grant, Praise

The West Oakland Environmental Indicators Project, a subsidiary of the Pacific Institute, has been awarded a $178,675 grant through the US EPA’s agency’s Community Action for a Renewed Environment (CARE) Program. The grant will allow the Project to continue its work with the West Oakland Toxic Reduction Collaborative, reducing community exposure to toxins.

“This money will help clean up the air in a community where children are several times more likely to be hospitalized due to asthma than in any other part of California,” said Rep. Barbara Lee, (D-CA). “I am very pleased to offer my ongoing support of the West Oakland Toxics Reduction Collaborative.” More

THIS JUST IN

California Taxpayers Shouldn’t Give a Dam, Much Less Two

Institute challenges Governor Schwarzenegger’s old thinking on water resources. More

QUOTE OF THE MONTH

“It’s very difficult to make good public policy without good science, and it’s even harder to make good public policy with bad science.”

– Peter Gleick, at

Defining and Protecting the Integrity of Science.

See HEADLINES

UPCOMING

1/9/07. Salton Sea [online] The Pacific Institute will post its draft comments on the Salton Sea Ecosystem Restoration Program Programmatic Environmental Impact Report (PEIR) to www.pacinst.org

1/16/07. Salton Sea [Calif.] Deadline for submission of comments on the Salton Sea Ecosystem Restoration Program PEIR.

1/25/07. Salton Sea [Ontario, Calif.] Michael Cohen will participate in the California Resources Agency’s Salton Sea Advisory Committee habitat workgroup meeting, to discuss the selection of a preferred alternative for the Ecosystem Restoration Program.

1/12/07. Desalination [San Diego, Calif.] Heather Cooley will participate on a panel to discuss the environmental implications of desalination at the National Salinity Summit.

1/31/07. Climate Risks to Water [San Francisco, Calif.] Peter Gleick will participate in the San Francisco Public Utilities Commission’s “Coastal Cities Summit,” presenting ideas for helping to reduce the risks of climate change for California’s water resources.

Institute seeks Communications Intern


MEDIA HIGHLIGHTS

Ditching Dirty Diesel Collaborative releases groundbreaking report Race, Poverty, and the Environment, 12/1/06

Oakland shipping giant to test new fuel Oakland Tribune, 12/5/06

Scientists debate censorship of data Corvallis Gazette-Times, 12/13/06

Commission underwhelmed by group’s plan for Salton Sea The Desert Sun, 12/14/06

The World’s Water: 2006-2007 UNDP-USA, 12/14/06

US Scientists Reject Interference BBC News, 12/14/06

Locomotive scrubber to limit emissions debuts in Oakland Contra Costa Times 12/15/06

Tabling Science Utne Reader, 12/21/06

U.S. dumps state plan for saving water Sacramento Bee, 1/6/07


STAFF UPDATES

Peter Gleick has been elected as a 2007-2011 representative to the Atmospheric and Hydrospheric Sciences Section of the American Association for the Advancement of Science.

12/18/06. Community Health The Institute co-hosted 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.

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

12/12/06. Scientific Integrity [San Francisco, Calif.] Peter Gleick presided over a panel at the Fall 2006 Meeting of the American Geophysical Union. See HEADLINES.

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


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