JUNE 2015 

HOW MUCH WATER DO ALMONDS ACTUALLY REQUIRE? 


In a recent National Geographic ScienceBlogs post, Peter Gleick analyzes the often vilified California almond industry and calculates the gallons of water needed to grow a single nut. While there are a number of factors, such as climate, soil, and irrigation methods to consider, he calculates that it takes approximately 1.6 to 1.7 gallons of water to grow a single almond. Although almonds appear to be a highly water intensive crop, he suggests that it is ‘too simplistic’ to look solely at the amount of water required to produce a crop. Economic productivity, demand, and water use efficiency of such crops, are just a few other factors that should also be taken into account.

Read the blog post here.

NEW VIDEO SERIES ON CORPORATE WATER STEWARDSHIP IN ASIA


In a partnership with the Pacific Institute, Lein Aid, a non-profit organization that enables the rural poor in Asia to gain sustainable access to clean water and sanitation, created a series of short videos highlighting corporate water stewardship in Asia. The videos, to be released over the next few months, will highlight water challenges facing businesses with operations in Asia, and offer guidance to help them improve their companies’ water practices. You can view the trailer for this upcoming series and stay tuned for more of these informational videos.

Watch the trailer here.

DROUGHT HERE AND ABROAD – YOU’RE INVITED TO A WORLD AFFAIRS COUNCIL UPCOMING DISCUSSION


Increasingly, huge populations of people and entire ecosystems face severe water shortages. From Israel, to Brazil, to Australia, countries are finding ways to cope with limited water supplies. 


On July 15, Peter Gleick and KQED Science Editor Craig Miller will discuss “Not a Drop to Drink: Dealing with Drought” at the San Francisco-based World Affairs Council. Gleick will delve into the impacts of California’s severe drought on disenfranchised communities, agriculture, and the environment. With Craig Miller, he will discuss possible strategies to pursue, based on our local experiences as well as from other drought-stricken countries.


Please join us for what promises to be an enlightening evening.

Date: July 15

Time: 7:00 – 8:00 p.m.

Location: World Affairs Council, 312 Sutter, Suite 200, San Francisco

For more information and to register:

http://www.worldaffairs.org/events/event/1485#.VYNMZcbbL84

 

UPDATE ON CALIFORNIA’S URBAN WATER USE 

 

Earlier this month, the State Water Resources Control Board released data on California’s residential and system-wide water use for the month of April, the same month that Governor Jerry Brown announced statewide mandatory reductions in water use. During this time, California’s cities and towns reduced their water use by 13.5%. While this shows a marked improvement in Californian’s overall water conservation, some cities are expected to meet much higher mandated reductions, which came into effect June 2015.
As this monthly data is released, the Pacific Institute will continue to update the residential and system-wide water use map and table – providing visual updates on which cities are meeting their necessary cuts.

 

Find the map and table here.

PACIFIC INSTITUTE WELCOMES NEW INTERNS 

 

The Pacific Institute would like to introduce Diversity for Sustainability Intern Carlos Montejano and Communications Intern Joanna Jiang. A Bay Area native, Montejano is working toward an undergraduate degree in Sociology at UC Santa Cruz. As an intern, Montejano is working on a project to identify the impacts of the drought on Bay Area low-income communities and recommend strategies and policies to reduce those impacts.

 

The Diversity for Sustainability Internship Program provides opportunities for individuals from communities that are under-represented in the environmental sustainability field to build skills, experience, and professional networks to enrich the field through their unique perspectives and lived experiences.


From UC Berkeley via Toronto, Joanna Jiang is an undergraduate student in the university’s Environmental Economics and Policy program. Jiang is helping the Pacific Institute expand its reach through widespread media coverage as global water issues gain heightened interest and attention. 

 

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 May, among the topics covered were California’s residential water use trends, cuts to water rights holders, and other State Water Resources Control Board activities. 

 

Read the latest drought update

UPCOMING EVENTS 

On June 25th, Michael Cohen will testify at the Little Hoover Commission’s “Salton Sea Environmental Mitigation and Restoration”

hearing in Sacramento, California.

 

On July 15th, Peter Gleick will participate in a discussion at the World Affairs Council in San Francisco, California (see above).

 

IN BRIEF  

 

Pacific Institute Experts’ Outreach

 

In May, Pacific Institute staff presented at many different talks and workshops. For example, Heather Cooley provided comments at the State Water Resources Control Board hearing on the California Ocean Plan, in which they discussed possible regulations for desalination facilities.


Read the full list and more details here
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NEWS, OP-EDS, AND BLOGS

 

*Los Angeles Times: Drought intensifies debate on backyard pools
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The Guardian: Californians urged to rip out their lawns: ‘This is about the future we need’
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The New York Times: California Cuts Farmers’ Share of Scant Water
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Marketplace: One California drought winner? The local car wash.
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ABC News: California’s Largest Lake Threatened by Urban Water Transfer


Read more news stories 
here.

Pacific Institute staff contributes to the Pacific Institute Insights blog, with detailed conversations and critical analyses on sustainable and equitable water management. Here are the most recent entries: 


Huffington Post: Laudato Si’ and Water: The Vatican’s Encyclical Letter and Global Water Challenges By Peter Gleick

National Geographic ScienceBlogs: The Future of Desalination in California is Still in the Future: California, Israel, and Australia By Peter Gleick

National Geographic ScienceBlogs: The California Drought: Almonds and the Bigger Picture By Peter Gleick