Update on the California Drought, Update from Circle of Blue, and more.
June 2016
 
Yes, the California Drought Continues
 
Following a relatively wet winter and spring, California has lifted the state’s urban water restrictions. But the drought continues, with a shrinking snowpack, low reservoir levels in the south, and the overpumping of groundwater. 

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Update from Circle of Blue
An Affiliate of the Pacific Institute
 
The extent of financial losses from water-related risks has dismayed the international investment community, which is responding with first-generation digital tools and financial models to better understand the economic consequences of drought, floods, pollution, and social unrest prompted by shrinking reserves of fresh water.  

Read more here. Visit Circle of Blue’s website here.  
Meet Our Staff: Matthew Heberger
Water Program Senior Research Associate
Matthew joined the Institute in 2007. “People throw around the word ‘sustainable’ a lot these days,” he says. “To me, it’s really simple: preserve our land and water and air for all the living things that depend on them, and for future generations.”

Read the full story here.
In Brief
Pacific Institute Experts’ Outreach
California Drought: Impacts and Solutions
Future Outreach 

On June 30th, President Peter Gleick will deliver the keynote speech at the Silicon Valley Energy and Sustainability Summit in Redwood City, California.

He will discuss the California drought’s impacts and offer drought solutions for public officials and the private sector.

Read more about the summit and sign up to attend here.

Focus on the Climate

Future Outreach
On July 13, Peter Gleick and Stanford University Associate Professor Noah Diffenbaugh will discuss whether California is headed for a “megadrought” at a Climate One event sponsored by the Commonwealth Club in San Francisco. 
View event information and purchase tickets here.

Promoting Water Sustainability in Sri Lanka

Past Outreach
 

On May 11, Corporate Sustainability Program Director Jason Morrison and Senior Research Associate Mai-Lan Ha held a meeting in Colombo, Sri Lanka in conjunction with the  Global Compact Network Ceylon (GCNC) to explore the role of businesses in helping address the major water challenges facing Sri Lanka. 

Read the full list of Pacific Institute experts’ past outreach here.
News and Op-Eds
Pacific Institute Staff Help Shape the Water Debate

The Washington Post:

Drought Hasn’t Lifted, But California’s Water Restrictions Just Did

 The New York Times Op-Ed: California’s Water Future

Think Progress: Inside the Looming Disaster of the Salton Sea

Read more recent news stories featuring the Pacific Institute here
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