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Pacific
Institute Email Update for July 2002


July
23: Gleick Launches “World’s Water” in
DC

Speech to Woodrow Wilson Center Introduces
New Book

What
are the most pressing threats to our planet’s freshwater?
Can a “soft path” for water provide solutions?
How does globalization and privatization impact
the effort to protect and share the world’s water?
Peter Gleick, President of the Pacific Institute,
will discuss these topics at the Woodrow Wilson
International Center for Scholars in Washington,
DC on July 23, 2002 to mark the launch of “The
World’s Water 2002-2003: The Biennial Report on
Freshwater Resources” (Island Press, July 23,
2002).
The
new book focuses on the global water crisis and
possible solutions while also looking at the growing
controversy over water privatization and other issues.

More
information on the book launch is available online.



UpcomingOn
July 10-11, Jason Morrison and Meena Palaniappan
will be attending the first meetings of the US Technical
Advisory Group to ISO/TC 224 – Standardization of
service activities relating to drinking water supply
and sewerage. The Pacific Institute plans to advocate
public interest positions in the work of TC 224,
and more specifically, to promote the findings and
recommendations in its recently released report,
“The
New Economy of Water.”
Updates
on Outreach in June

Water

On
June 11, Peter H. Gleick, President of the Pacific
Institute, gave the keynote address to the National
Resources Law Center University of Colorado meeting
on “Overview of global water issues and challenges.”

On
June 14, Senior Research Associate Michael Cohen
testified before the House of Representatives Subcommittee
on Water and Power regarding the “Implementation
of the California Plan for the Colorado River: Opportunities
and Challenges.” The meeting took place in
La Quinta, California.

On
June 20, Dr. Gleick gave a presentation on the risks
of water privatization to the Urban Water Institute’s
Urban Water Conference in San Francisco and, on
June 21, Elizabeth L. Chalecki presented research
on water and terrorism to the same conference.

Environment
Magazine published Dr. Gleick’s review of the water-related
chapters of Bjorn Lomborg’s The Skeptical Environmentalist
in their July/August issue.

Economic
Globalization and the Environment

At
the Multi-State Working Group June annual conference
in Orlando, Florida, Program Director Jason Morrison
provided the “NGO response” to the keynote
address of Chairman James Connaughton of the White
House’s Council on Environmental Quality. At that
same conference Jason and his wife, Andrea Sumits,
presented on the findings of their policy study,
“Creating
a Framework for Sustainability in California: Learning
from the New Zealand Experience.”

From
June 9-16, Mr. Morrison attended the 10th plenary
meeting of ISO Technical Committee (TC) 207 in Johannesburg,
South Africa. As the Chair of the TC 207 NGO Task
Group, Mr. Morrison steered the group to completion
of its first two work products: a
fact sheet describing the purpose and activities
of the NGO Task Group (pdf)
, and an informational
document, entitled “A
Guide to NGO Participation in ISO/TC 207.”
(pdf)
The full Technical Committee approved
both documents at its closing plenary session.

On
June 19, at the Global Environmental Management
Initiative (GEMI) annual conference in Atlanta,
Georgia, Mr. Morrison presented the findings of
the Pacific Institute-GEMI co-sponsored NGO/industry
roundtable workshop, “Defining Transparency:
Expectations and Obstacles.” Full proceedings
of the workshop can be found on our Website.

On
June 25th in Chicago, Mr. Morrison participated
in a Multi-State Working group/Council of State
Governments co-sponsored dialogue entitled “Curriculum
Needs of the Policy Academy on Environmental Management
Tools.” The multi-stakeholder forum was assembled
to provide input into the future work plan for the
Policy Academy.

Environmental
Justice

On
June 20, Meena Palaniappan, provided comments at
the public hearing for the renewal of Red Star Yeast’s
air permit. Pacific Institute’s report “Neighborhood
Knowledge for Change”
found that Red Star
Yeast was the largest fixed source of toxic air
pollution in West Oakland.


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