The World’s Water, Volume 9

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Published: February 6, 2018
Authors: Peter Gleick, Michael Cohen, Heather Cooley, Kristina Donnelly, Julian Fulton, Mai-Lan Ha, Jason Morrison, Rapichan Phurisamban, Heather Rippman, and Stefanie Woodward, with a Foreword by Alexandra Cousteau
Pages: 260

The newest volume in this highly regarded series, The World’s Water, Volume 9 continues to offer insights into critical global water problems, overviews of data and analysis around water use and management, and case studies of some of the greatest water challenges around the world.

The new volume delivers analysis on corporate water stewardship, the human right to water and sanitation, water-use trends in the United States, the water footprint of California energy, the consequences of the severe five-year California drought, water markets and economic strategies for water management, and the cost of alternative water supply and demand strategies. Additionally, concise “water briefs” provide updates on water’s role in conflict around the globe, a meeting held at the Pontifical Academy of Sciences in the Vatican on the human right to water, and critical issues around public access to water through drinking fountains.

Chapters:
  1. The UN Global Compact CEO Water Mandate: History, Objectives, Strategy
  2. A Human Rights Lens for Corporate Water Stewardship: Toward Achievement of the Sustainable Development Goal for Water
  3. Updating Water-Use Trends in the United States
  4. The Water Footprint of California’s Energy System, 1990–2012
  5. The Nature and Impact of the 2012–2016 California Drought
  6. Water Trading in Theory and Practice
  7. The Cost of Water Supply and Efficiency Options: A California Case
Water Briefs:
  1. The Human Right to Water and Global Sustainability: Actions of the Vatican
  2. Access to Water through Public Drinking Fountains
  3. Water and Conflict Update

Pacific Institute President Emeritus Peter Gleick is the series creator and editor, with coauthors Michael Cohen, Heather Cooley, Kristina Donnelly, Julian Fulton, Mai-Lan Ha, Jason Morrison, Rapichan Phurisamban, Heather Rippman, and Stefanie Woodward.

The book is an invaluable resource for community leaders, health officials, academics, students, and others whose work touches on freshwater.

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The World’s Water Volume 8 Keeps Water Challenges and Solutions Center Stage

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Oakland, Calif., January 16, 2014: What do the controversy over fracking, desalination costs, and the growing Syrian civil war have in common? Water. Global freshwater supply affects a broad range of issues, including public health, food crises, and environmental catastrophes.

The just-released eighth edition of The World’s Water series, edited by Peter Gleick, president of the Pacific Institute and the world’s foremost expert on freshwater, shows how water touches everything. It addresses a myriad of issues including water conflict, the water footprint, water governance, and more – and their effects on the economy and climate. In this highly regarded series, Gleick and his Pacific Institute colleagues have provided potential solutions to these problems as well as expert insights into freshwater issues, key water data, and more.

In The World’s Water Volume 8, foreword writer and former World Bank vice president Ismail Serageldin writes: “The World’s Water series [has] provided the most thoughtful, comprehensive, and interesting coverage of the available knowledge and the insights needed to deal with the myriad problems that water represents.”

Additional topics covered include:

– The business case for investing in sustainable water management;
– The emerging market for sustainable water jobs;
– Hydraulic fracturing and water resources;
– Cholera outbreaks directly caused by lack of access to safe water;
– “Zombie water projects,” or expensive infrastructure proposals that are killed off and brought back to life despite social, political, environmental, or economic flaws.

Like previous volumes, in addition to full chapters the book includes interesting Water Briefs, a complete table of contents and index that span all eight volumes of the series, and updated data tables regarding improved water and sanitation by country, renewable freshwater supply, water quality satisfaction, progress on Millennium Development Goals, and more.

Two chapters, two “Water Briefs,” and data tables from The World’s Water vol. 8 are available for free download at www.worldwater.org/water-data/.

Gleick and his coauthors combine abundant data, insightful analysis, and conviction that better education and awareness of water issues will lead to implementing smart and effective solutions. The World’s Water Volume 8, like its predecessors, is an invaluable resource for community leaders, health officials, academics, students, and others whose work touches on freshwater.

Peter H. Gleick is the president of the Pacific Institute in Oakland, Calif., and is a recipient of the prestigious MacArthur Fellowship for his work on water issues.

The World’s Water is published by Island Press and can be ordered at:  http://islandpress.org/ip/books/book/islandpress/W/bo9430992.html.

The Pacific Institute is one of the world’s leading independent nonprofit research organizations working to create a healthier planet and sustainable communities. Based in Oakland, Calif., the Institute conducts interdisciplinary research and partners with stakeholders to produce solutions that advance environmental protection, economic development, and social equity – in California, nationally, and internationally. www.pacinst.org

 

The World’s Water, Vol. 8

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Published: January 16, 2014

The newest volume in this highly regarded series, The World’s Water, vol. 8 features chapters on hydraulic fracturing (fracking), water footprints, sustainable water jobs, and desalination financing, among other timely issues. Water briefs provide concise updates on topics including the Dead Sea and the role of water in the Syrian conflict. Pacific Institute President Peter Gleick is series editor, with coauthors Newsha Ajami, Juliet Christian-Smith, Heather Cooley, Kristina Donnelly, Julian Fulton, Mai-Lan Ha, Matthew Heberger, Eli Moore, Jason Morrison, Stuart Orr, Peter Schulte, and Veena Srinivasan. Twenty-four data tables provide an invaluable resource for analyzing the state of the world’s water, accessibility, sustainability, attitudes, and more including top environmental concerns and total water footprint of national consumption, by sector and country. There is also a fun Water Brief on “Zombie Water Projects.”

Click to read select chapters and find data tables from World’s Water, Vol. 8:

The World’s Water Vol. 8 Select Content (2014)

Introduction
Chapter 1 (v. 8): Global Water Governance in the Twenty-First Century
Chapter 4 (v. 8): Hydraulic Fracturing and Water Resources: What Do We Have to Know?
Water Brief 2 (v. 8): The Red Sea-Dead Sea Project Update
Water Brief 4 (v. 8): Water Conflict Chronology (2014 update)

The World’s Water Volume 8 Data

Table 1: Total Renewable Freshwater Supply, by Country (2011 Update): PDF | Excel
Table 2: Freshwater Withdrawal, by Country and Sector (2013 Update): PDF | Excel
Table 3a and 3b: Access to Improved Drinking Water by Country, 1970–2008 & 2011 Update: PDF| Excel
Table 4a and 4b: Access to Improved Sanitation by Country, 1970–2008 & 2011 Update: PDF| Excel
Table 9: Area Equipped for Irrigation Actually Irrigated: PDF| Excel
Table 15:  Total Water Footprint of National Consumption, by Sector and Country, 1996–2005: PDF| Excel

Read select chapters and find data tables here.

Available from Island Press or Amazon, The World’s Water, Vol. 8 is an invaluable resource for community leaders, health officials, academics, students, and others whose work touches on freshwater.

 

Improving Understanding of the Global Hydrologic Cycle

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Observation and Analysis of the Climate System: The Global Water Cycle

Published: August 26, 2013 
Authors: Peter H. Gleick , Heather Cooley , James S. Famiglietti , Dennis P. Lettenmaier, Taikan Oki , Charles J. Vörösmarty , and Eric F. Wood

This chapter from the book Climate Science for Serving Society: Research, Modeling and Prediction Priorities addresses how understanding the complexity of the hydrological cycle is central to understanding a wide range of other planetary geological, atmospheric, chemical, and physical processes. Water is also central to other core economic, social, and political issues such as poverty, health, hunger, environmental sustainability, conflict, and economic prosperity. As society seeks to meet demands for goods and services  for a growing population, we must improve our understanding of the fundamental science of the hydrological cycle, its links with related global processes, and the role it plays in ecological and societal well-being. At the same time, human influences on the character and dynamics of the water cycle are growing rapidly. Central to solving these challenges is the need to improve our systems for managing, sharing, and analyzing all kinds of water data, and our ability to model and forecast aspects of both the hydrological cycle and the systems we put in place to manage human demands for water. We need to improve our understanding of each of the components of the hydrological water balance at all scales, and to understand the spatial and temporal variability in the components of the water cycle. This chapter provides a short summary of current World Climate Research Program (WCRP) efforts and addresses four primary research challenges:

1. The collection of more comprehensive data and information on all aspects of the hydrologic cycle and human uses of water, at enhanced spatial and temporal resolution and increased precision;
2. Improved management and distribution of these data;
3. Improved representation of the anthropogenic manipulations of the water cycle in the coupled land-atmosphere-ocean models used to forecast climate variations and change at both seasonal to interannual, and decade to century, time scales; and
4. Expanded research at the intersection of hydrological sciences and the technical, social, economic, and political aspects of freshwater management and use.

Download the chapter (PDF). 

This chapter is published in:
Peter H. Gleick , Heather Cooley , James S. Famiglietti , Dennis P. Lettenmaier,  Taikan Oki , Charles J. Vörösmarty , and Eric F. Wood. 2013. “Improving Understanding of the Global Hydrologic Cycle: Observation and Analysis of the Climate System: The Global Water Cycle.” In G.R. Asrar and J.W. Hurrell (eds.), Climate Science for Serving Society: Research, Modeling and Prediction Priorities, 10.1007/978-94-007-6692-1_6. Pp. 151-184. Springer, Dordrecht.

Keywords Hydrologic cycle • Water • Water systems • Climate • Modeling • Water balance • Data • GEWEX • GRACE • Water-energy nexus

A Twenty-First Century U.S. Water Policy

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Published: July 31, 2012
Authors: Juliet Christian-Smith, Peter Gleick, Heather Cooley, Lucy Allen, Amy Vanderwarker, Katie Berry
Pages: 360

In the new book A Twenty-First Century U.S. Water Policy, published by Oxford University Press, Pacific Institute researchers present clear and readable analysis and recommendations for a new federal water policy to confront our national and global challenges.

William K. Reilly, former Administrator of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency under President George H.W. Bush, calls the new book “a blueprint for reform. Those who care about the country’s water resource policy in all its manifestations would do well to take the themes to heart.” Reilly provided the Foreword to the book.

Lead authors Dr. Juliet Christian-Smith and Dr. Peter Gleick argue that the responsibility for properly protecting and managing the nation’s freshwater is not being adequately fulfilled by the diverse federal agencies responsible for them and offer key recommendations for a new national water policy.

“The inability of national policymakers to safeguard our water jeopardizes something crucial that most of us take for granted: affordable, reliable, and safe water,” said Dr. Christian-Smith.

A Twenty-First Century U.S. Water Policyprovides the first independent assessment of water issues and water management in the United States in many decades, addressing emerging and persistent water challenges from the perspectives of science, public policy, environmental justice, economics, and law. With case studies and first-person accounts of what helps and hinders good water management, the Pacific Institute frames challenges that define our current water issues and offers solutions.

The book offers key recommendations for a new national water policy, including:

  • Updating current federal water laws and expanding measurement, monitoring, and enforcement.
  • Combining and coordinating fragmented federal water agencies and programs into a national strategy for water resources.
  • Eliminating inappropriate subsidies and inappropriate federal pricing policies for water.
  • Applying environmental justice principles comprehensively in federal water policies to ensure equitable access to water.
  • Integrating the risks of climate change into all federal water facility planning, design, and operation, as well as emergency planning for droughts and floods.
  • Integrating U.S. water policy with other federal resource policies, especially energy, disaster response, and land management.
  • Reviving River Basin Commissions and requiring river basin planning on rivers shared by two or more states.

The coauthors, with Juliet Christian-Smith and Peter Gleick, are Heather Cooley, Lucy Allen, Amy Vanderwarker, and Kate A. Berry.

The book is available through Oxford University Press, on Amazon, and through your local bookstore.

Read the Contents and Foreword.

Read the Introduction – The Soft Path for Water.

Read Chapter 3: Water and Environmental Justice.

Read a Case Study: Green Infrastructure.

Download a sample Lesson Plan for Chapter 2: Legal and Institutional Framework for Water.

Read the press release.

 

 

The World’s Water, Vol. 7

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Published: October 18, 2011

The World’s Water, Vol. 7 was released as the Pacific Institute headed into its 25th Anniversary year. Institute President and series editor Peter Gleick, with coauthors Lucy Allen, Juliet Christian-Smith, Michael Cohen, Heather Cooley, Matthew Heberger, Jason Morrison, Meena Palaniappan, and Peter Schulte of the Pacific Institute, address the timely and pressing issues in the management of our most precious resource. Topics range from water and fossil fuels, China and dams, and U.S. water policy to international water quality, transboundary water and climate change, corporate water management, and drought and water management in Australia. Nineteen data tables provide an invaluable resource for analyzing the state of the world’s water, accessibility, sustainability, attitudes, and more including top environmental concerns and bottled water consumption stats. There is also a fun Water Brief on “Water in the Movies.”

Click to read select chapters and find data tables from World’s Water, Vol. 7:

The World’s Water Vol. 7 Select Content

Chapter 4 (v. 7): Fossil Fuel and Water Quality, Lucy Allen, Michael J. Cohen, David Abelson, and Bart Miller
Chapter 7 (v. 7):  U.S. Water Policy Reform, Juliet Christian-Smith, Peter H. Gleick, and Heather Cooley
Water Brief 2 (v. 7): The Great Lakes Water Agreements, Peter Schulte
Water Brief 3 (v. 7): Water in the Movies, Peter H. Gleick

The World’s Water Volume 7 Data

Table 9: Death and DALYs from Selected Water Related Diseases, 2000 and 2004: PDF| Excel
Table 13: Top Environmental Concerns of the American Public: PDF | Excel
Table 19: Per Capita Consumption of Bottled Water: PDF | Excel

Read select chapters and find data tables here.

Read the press release.

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Bottled and Sold: The Story Behind Our Obsession with Bottled Water

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Published: April 2010
Author: Peter Gleick

NOW AVAILABLE IN PAPERBACK!

Bottled water is just one aspect of the global water issues Peter Gleick addresses as one of the experts featured in the new documentary Last Call at the Oasis from Participant Media, producers of the groundbreaking documentaries An Inconvenient Truth and Food, Inc. Read Participant Media’s interview with Dr. Gleick on the implications of bottled water here.

Pacific Institute President Peter Gleick’s new book, Bottled and Sold, shows how water went from being a free natural resource to one of the most successful commercial products of the last one hundred years—and why we are poorer for it. Every second of every day in the United States, a thousand people buy a plastic bottle of water, and every second of every day a thousand more throw one of those bottles away. That adds up to more than thirty billion bottles a year and tens of billions of dollars of sales.

Are there legitimate reasons to buy all those bottles? Gleick investigates whether industry claims about the relative safety, convenience, and taste of bottled versus tap hold water. And he exposes the true reasons we’ve turned to the bottle, from fearmongering by business interests and our own vanity to the breakdown of public systems and global inequities.

“Designer” H2O may be laughable, but the debate over commodifying water is deadly serious. It comes down to society’s choices about human rights, the role of government and free markets, the importance of being “green,” and fundamental values. Gleick gets to the heart of the bottled water craze, exploring what it means for us to bottle and sell our most basic necessity.

Purchase a copy of the book from Island Press

Peter Gleick was interviewed by George Stephanopoulos on ABC TV’s Good Morning America on June 30, in a great interview about his new book Bottled and Sold: The Story Behind Our Obsession with Bottled Water. You can watch it online (and find an excerpt from the book) here.

Bottled Water Recalls Summary Table

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Related Blog Postings:

Bottled and Sold’: Selling Bottled Water, the Modern Medicine Show, on The Huffington Post

Water and Misleading Advertising and Marketing: Where are the FDA and FTC?, on City Brights, SF Chronicle

Bottled and Sold: What’s Really in Our Bottled Water, originally posted on City Brights, SF Chronicle

The World’s Water: 2008-2009

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Published: December 26, 2008

The much anticipated sixth volume in this highly regarded series, The World’s Water 2008-2009is now available. Pacific Institute President and series editor Peter Gleick, with Institute coauthors Heather Cooley, Michael Cohen, Mari Morikawa, Jason Morrison, and Meena Palaniappan addresses the ever-more-pressing issues of our use and misuse of the world’s freshwater resources. Topics range from peak water, China’s water crisis, and climate change impacts and adaptations, to updates on the Millennium Development Goals, business reporting on water, and urban water use efficiency. Twenty new data tables provide a definitive resource for everyone concerned with sustainable water use, including the eye-opening chart of “The Water Content of Things.”

Click to read select chapters and find data tables from World’s Water: 2008-2009:

The World’s Water: 2008-2009 Select Content

Chapter 1 (2008-2009): Peak Water, Meena Palaniappan and Peter H. Gleick
Chapter 5 (2008-2009): China and Water, Peter H. Gleick
Water Brief 2 (2008-2009): Past and Future of Salton Sea, Michael J. Cohen
Water Brief 3 (2008-2009): Three Gorges Dam Project, Yangtze River, China, Peter H. Gleick

The World’s Water 2008-2009 Data

Table 5: MDG Progress on Access to Safe Drinking Water by Region: PDF
Table 19: Water Content of Things: PDF

Read select chapters and find data tables here.

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Bottled Water: An Update

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Published: November 2, 2006
Author: Peter Gleick

The 2004 volume of The World’s Water discussed the growing phenomenon of bottled use around the world, particularly in regions where high-quality tap water is available, as in most of North America and Western Europe (Gleick 2004). This “In Brief” updates recent events and provides new data on bottled water use.

Bottled-water sales continue to grow rapidly, as does controversy over its use (Water Technology News 2006a; Arnold 2006). Total annual sales are now on the order of $50 to $100 billion dollars, for over 150 million cubic meters (m3). Growth in sales has been particularly rapid in Asia and South America, where sales have nearly tripled since 1997. Figure WB 1.1 and Table WB 1.1 show the total sales over time for the major continental regions. […]

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The World’s Water: 2006-2007

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Published: November 2, 2006

In The World’s Water 2006-2007, Pacific Institute President and series editor Peter Gleick convened Pacific Institute staff and others in presenting the fifth edition, covering some of the most significant current worldwide water issues: * water and terrorism, * preserving and restoring instream water allocations, * an update of seawater desalination, * the growing risks of floods and droughts, * environmental justice for water, * water risks facing industry, and * updated information on bottled water, international disputes over water, and the discovery of water on Mars.

Click to find data tables from World’s Water 2006-2007:

The World’s Water 2006-2007 Data

Table 6: Annual Average ODA for Water, by Country, 1990 to 2004 (Total and Per Capita): PDF
Table 7: Twenty Largest Recipients of ODA for Water, 1990 to 2004: PDF
Table 8: Twenty Largest Per Capita Recipients of ODA for Water, 1990 to 2004: PDF
Table 9: Investment in Water and Sewerage Projects with Private Participation, by Region, in Middle- and Low- Income Countries, 1990-2004: PDF
Table 10: Bottled Water Consumption by Country, 1997 to 2004: PDF
Table 11: Global Bottled Water Consumption, by Region, 1997 to 2004: PDF
Table 14: Global Cholera Cases and Deaths Reported to the World Health Organization, 1970 to 2004: PDF
Table 15: Reported Cases of Dracunculiasis by Country, 1972 to 2005: PDF
Table 16: Irrigated Area, by Region, 1961 to 2003: PDF
Table 17: Irrigated Area, Developed and Developing Countries, 1961 – 2003: PDF
Table 18: The U.S. Water Industry Revenue (2003) and Growth (2004–2006): PDF
Table 19: Pesticide Occurrence in Streams, Groundwater, Fish, and Sediment in the United States: PDF
Table 20: Global Desalination Capacity and Plants—January 1, 2005: PDF
Table 21: 100 Largest Desalination Plants Planned, in Construction, or in Operation—January 1, 2005: PDF
Table 22: Installed Desalination Capacity by Year, Number of Plants, and Total Capacity, 1945 to 2004: PDF

Find data tables here.

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