Drought and Equity in the SF Bay Area, Bottled Water on the Rise, and more.
July 2016
Marilyn Nieves
Drought and Equity in the Bay Area
 
California’s ongoing drought has wide-reaching impacts, from how we grow crops to the price of electricity. Often overlooked is the drought’s impact on low-income communities. This groundbreaking report examines these impacts in the San Francisco Bay Area and offers potential solutions.  

Read the report 
here.

 

Steven Depolo
Bottled Water on the Rise in the U.S.
 
The sale of bottled water in the U.S. will likely surpass that of soda this year. While there is a positive side to this picture — certainly water is a healthier beverage than sugary carbonated drinks — 
the environmental impact of our widespread reliance on bottled water is cause for concern.

Read more here
J. Carl Ganter
Update from Circle of Blue
An Affiliate of the Pacific Institute
 
A disturbing feature common to many of the murders of environmental activists around the world is that assassins are typically not identified or put on trial. “Less than one percent are apprehended and prosecuted,” says John Knox, United Nations Special Rapporteur on human rights and the environment. “What do you expect to happen when basically there is no cost?”

Read more on Circle of Blue’s website.

Meet Our New Interns
 
In June, Ayana Crawford and Christine Tyler joined the Institute under the
Congressman George Miller Water Policy Leadership Grants Program. The goal of the program is to train the next generation of water, sustainability, environmental and economic justice leaders through mentoring and experience building. 

Read about our interns here.
In Brief
Pacific Institute Experts’ Outreach

California Drought Summit

Future Outreach
 

On July 26, several staff members will attend the California Drought Summit in Oakland, California. This summit will bring together water decision-makers and community and advocacy groups to discuss the drought’s effects on disadvantaged communities in the San Francisco Bay Area.

Is California Entering a Megadrought?

Past Outreach
 

What is California doing to prepare for bigger storms and droughts, and what can an average person do to use water more efficiently? On July 13,
President Emeritus and Chief Scientist
 Peter Gleick discussed these and other important questions at a Climate One 
event in San Francisco, California.

View a video clip of the event
here

Read the full list of Pacific Institute experts’ past outreach here.
In the News
Pacific Institute Staff Help Shape the Water Debate

The Washington Post:

California May Have a Huge Groundwater Reserve That Nobody Knew About

The Desert Sun:
 Water Agencies Shortsighted with Zero Conservation Goal

KPFA Radio: Bay Area’s Low Income Communities Hard Hit by Drought

Read more recent news stories featuring the Pacific Institute here
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