Latest News and Updates from the Pacific Institute

Water Conflict Chronology Updated, Water Business Day Launched, and More
May 2018
Credit: Joel Carillet
New Update: Water and Global Conflict Through the Centuries
Today the Pacific Institute released an update to its Water Conflict Chronology. The online database and interactive map document over 550 global water-related conflicts spanning nearly 5,000 years. “Pressures on water resources around the world continue to grow,” says President Emeritus Peter Gleick. “The growing threat of conflicts over these resources is both disturbing and a call to action.”

Read more hereView the Water Conflict Chronology here
Water Business Day Launched in 2018

In March, the United Nations Global Compact’s CEO Water Mandate, for which the Pacific Institute is Co-Secretariat, along with the World Business Council for Sustainable Development and CDP, supported the organization of the first-ever Water Business Day at the 8th World Water Forum in Brasília, Brazil. Participants explored innovative approaches and solutions to water security in the industrial sector.

Read more here
Credit: World Resources Institute
Featured Blog Post: The Business Case for Water Stewardship

By Peter Schulte

“By 2050, global water demand is expected to increase by 55%,” writes Senior Digital Engagement Associate Peter Schulte. “If current trends persist, by 2030 we will have only 60% of the fresh water we need worldwide. There is a strong business case for companies to better understand and manage their water risks and seize related opportunities.”

Read more here

Southern California Sustainable Landscapes Initiative
This month, Pacific Institute President Jason Morrison, Director of Research Heather Cooley, and Research Associate Cora Kammeyer toured sustainable landscape projects in California’s Santa Ana Watershed as part of a collaborative project to improve water sustainability in the region. 

Former Congressman George Miller Water Policy Leadership Intern Awarded a Fulbright


Former Congressman George Miller Water Policy Leadership Program summer intern Ayana Crawford, a graduate of the University of California, Santa Cruz, has been awarded a Fulbright Award to study in Spain for Fall 2018.

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Meet Our Communications Intern Justin Kroes
Justin Kroes joined the Pacific Institute as a communications intern in February after graduating from the University of California, Santa Barbara with a Master’s Degree in Environmental Science and Management. When he isn’t backpacking or tending to his vegetable garden, Justin helps promote the Institute’s work through outreach, event announcements, and social media.

Read more about Justin here
Credit: J. Carl Ganter, Circle of Blue
Price of Water 2018: U.S. Utilities Revise Household Water Rate Formulas
Update from Circle of Blue, an Affiliate of the Pacific Institute
Circle of Blue has just released the 2018 update to their annual survey of residential water rates in 30 large United States cities. The survey is a widely cited examination of financial trends that affect water bills for tens of millions of U.S. households.     

Read more here

Visit Circle of Blue’s website here.


The Power of Green Infrastructure
Future Outreach    


On June 12, Research Associate Giuliana Chaves Moreira will serve as a moderator at the Environmental Action Seminar 2018 in Rio de Janeiro. Organized by the Federation of Industries of the State of Rio de Janeiro (FIRJAN), the event will focus on how green infrastructure can support the achievement of United Nations Sustainable Development Goals 6 and 15.  
Credit: Daniel M. Edwards

Other Upcoming Staff Events


June 11th: Senior Research Associate Anne Thebo will present at the National Socio-Environmental Systems Center symposium “Boundary Spanning: Advances in Socio-Environmental Systems Research” in Annapolis, Maryland. 

June 12th: Senior Research Associate Michael Cohen will attend the Salton Sea 10-Year Plan Committee Meeting
in Coachella, California.

Keep an eye out for more upcoming staff events on our news page. Read the list of Pacific Institute experts’ past outreach here.

In the News
The Washington Post: Humans are Causing Massive Changes in the Location of Water Around the World, NASA Says

Yale Environment 360: Where Water is Scarce, Communities Turn to Reusing Wastewater

SF Gate: California’s Only Sea is Dying and Now Threatening Children

Just-Food: How Can Food Companies Engage in the Global Goals Agenda on Water?

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