Newsletters: May 2010 Online Update
|May 2010 Online Update|
Research for People and the Planet
Pacific Gleick Signs on with National Academy Scientists Defending Climate Science Integrity
Science journal publishes strongly worded climate science statement
Institute President Peter Gleick is among the 255 members of the U.S. National Academy of Sciences who have joined together to defend the rigor and objectivity of climate science. Their statement, “Climate Change and the Integrity of Science,” is published in the May 7 issue of the journal Science as the Lead Letter, along with a supporting editorial.
This statement, signed by 255 of the world’s leading scientists, including 11 Nobel laureates, explains the scientific research process and confirms the fundamental conclusions about climate change based on the work of thousands of scientists worldwide. It specifically reaffirms the “compelling, comprehensive, and consistent objective evidence that humans are changing the climate in ways that threaten our societies and the ecosystems on which we depend,” and highlights that there is nothing identified in recent events that has changed the fundamental conclusions about climate change. The statement also condemns recent political attacks on climate scientists.
Scientists from 53 different disciplines, like environmental sciences and ecology, chemistry, geology, geophysics, plant and microbial biology, and more, all members of the National Academy of Sciences but signing on as individuals, came together in agreement to reiterate an urgent call to action: “Society has two choices: we can ignore the science and hide our heads in the sand and hope we are lucky, or we can act in the public interest to reduce the threat of global climate change quickly and substantively.”
Read the Science letter.
Read Peter Gleick’s Huffington Post blog on the Science letter.
Community Strategies Presents on Community Mapping Work
PETER GLEICK, president of the Pacific Institute, addressed two important international gatherings in April. At Biovision 2010 in Alexandra, Egypt, he spoke on “The World’s Water – Crisis and Opportunities.” This year’s Biovision conference, with the theme of “New Life Sciences: Future Prospects,” brought in 100 scientists and leading experts from around the world in the fields of health, agriculture environment, in addition to policy-makers and NGO representatives. With more than 1000 participants, the event provides a platform for exchange of information and dialogue for exploring the different ways in which life sciences can help meet the world’s challenges for global economic development to improve the quality of life for all.
At the Skoll World Forum in London, Gleick spoke on the panel “Water Scarcity and the Human Right to Water.” The focus of this year’s forum was “catalyzing collaboration for large scale change,” and influential social entrepreneurs, social investors, and thought leaders from all sectors engaged in critical discussions and work sessions designed to create partnerships, networks, knowledge, and collaborative pathways between the social, policy, academic, and private sectors.
Listen to the Skoll panel on “Water Scarcity and the Human Right to Water.”
MEENA PALANIAPPAN, director of the International Water and Communities Initiative, presented during two sessions of the Global Philanthropy Forum’s 2010 Conference, “Defy Barriers, Effect Change: Access to Health, Food and Water,” on April 19 and 20 in Redwood City. She addressed the need for sustainable water management and the need to focus on community-driven solutions in a plenary session on “Effecting Change, Improving Access to Water,” and she presented in a session on “Water: Safe Drinking Water and Sanitation” on the need to release trapped knowledge in the water sector so that it can be used to improve water and sanitation conditions among the global poor.
PETER SCHULTE, research analyst for the Institute’s Globalization Program, spoke at BrightTALK’s Water Management Summit via webcast on April 21. He primarily addressed ways private companies can engage with water policy in a manner that reduces business risks while advancing established policy goals and positively impacting nearby communities and ecosystems, as well as the CEO Water Mandate’s upcoming guide on this issue. The webcast is available online (requires you to register with BrightTALK).