Valuing Water for Better Governance: How To Promote Dialogue To Balance Social, Environmental, And Economic Values?

Published: March 2003


Solving the freshwater crisis requires significantly more investment and spending in the water sector, but getting more money requires broad agreement among stakeholders.

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Pacific Institute Releases 15-Year Anniversary Report

Published: February 2003


The report details the work of our various programs, covers their successes and results, and offers history and background about some of the most pressing challenges we face: climate change, threats to our water resources, terrorism and conflict, the perils of globalization, and the importance of environmental justice.

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Fact Sheet on the Proposed Imperial Valley-San Diego Water Transfer

Published: December 2002


On December 9, 2002 the Imperial Valley Irrigation district voted not to transfer water to San Diego as outlined in the Hertzberg negotiated settlement. This means that the proposed Quantification Settlement Agreement (QSA) will not go forward. If this deal falls through, California's Metropolitan Water District (MWD) will get 800,000 acre-feet less water next year.

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Environmental Security: A Case Study of Climate Change

Published: August 2002


From increases in infectious diseases and uncertainty in food markets to more frequent and intense natural disasters, increased CO2 emissions have the potential to destabilize economies and spark global conflict.

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Dirty Water: Estimated Deaths from Water Related Diseases 2000-2020

Published: August 2002


Inadequate access to safe drinking water and sanitation systems is a critical human health issue that impacts billions of people around the globe.

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Water Management: Soft Water Paths

Published: July 2002


The soft path seeks to improve the overall productivity of water use and deliver water services matched to the needs of end users, rather than seeking sources of new supply.

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The World’s Water, Volume 3

Published: June 2002


The third volume in the The World’s Water book series, The World’s Water: 2002-2003 explores and proposes solutions to a variety of critical water issues including the global water crisis, global warming and water, the privatization and globalization of water, and and water-related conflicts.

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Fire and Water: An Examination of the Technologies, Institutions, and Social Issues in Arms Control and Transboundary Water-Resources Agreements

Published: June 2002


This report explores how technologies developed to control the spread of weapons can be used to improve agreements over shared natural resources.

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The New Economy of Water: The Risks and Benefits of Globalization and Privatization of Fresh Water

Published: February 2002


In an increasingly globalized economy, the privatization of water as an economic good has sparked complex debate.

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Neighborhood Knowledge for Change: The West Oakland Environmental Indicators Project

Published: January 2002


The Environmental Indicators Project is the culmination of two years of research, analysis, and collaboration between the grassroots advocacy group

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Healthy, Fair, and Profitable: A Win-Win Pesticide Policy

Published: January 2002


This report released by the Pacific Institute and the California Green Scissors project makes the case for changing the way pesticides are regulated in California.

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Creating a Framework for Sustainability in California: Lessons Learned from the New Zealand Experience

Published: December 2001


New Zealand’s attempt to integrate environmental protection and resource management with a “goals-based” policy framework can help serve as a guide for California as it continues to grapple with resource scarcity.

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Op-Ed: Don’t Drill the Arctic: Renewable Energy is Safer, Cleaner, More Secure

Published: December 2001


The terror attacks of September 11 have brought the vulnerabilities of modern America into stunning relief. Our airports, airplanes and office buildings were far more open to attack then most imagined. And, according to many policy makers and scientists, so is our oil-based economy.

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Threats to the World’s Freshwater Resources

Published: November 2001


As we move into the 21st century, water managers and policymakers must face new threats to the world's freshwater resources.

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Defining Transparency: Expectations and Obstacles

Published: October 2001


The proceedings of a recent workshop jointly hosted by the Pacific Institute and the Global Environmental Management Initiative (GEMI) are now available.

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Op-Ed: A Proposal to Preserve and Enhance Habitat at the Salton Sea

Published: October 2001


Recent discussions and legislative efforts at the state and federal level have again focused attention on the Salton Sea. These recent discussions, on the potential impacts on the Salton Sea of a proposed water transfer from Imperial Valley to the San Diego area, have highlighted the challenges faced by those working to address the current and future problems of the Sea, and the inadequacy of any temporary or piecemeal approach.

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Missing Water: The Uses and Flows of Water in the Colorado River Delta Region

Published: September 2001


This report represents the first time comprehensive flow data was compiled for the entire Colorado River Delta region.

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A New Vigilance: Identifying and Reducing the Risks of Environmental Terrorism

Published: September 2001


As the global population increases, the world’s existing resources  -- water, energy, soil, and more -- are being consumed at an increasing rate.

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The National Assessment of the Impacts of Climate Variability and Change

Published: September 2000


The National Assessment of the Impacts of Climate Variability and Change was a groundbreaking attempt to evaluate the impacts of climate change on the United States.

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The World’s Water, Volume 2

Published: June 2000


The second volume of The World’s Water contains new chapters on global water use projections, international river basins, the complex connections between water and food production, desalination, wastewater treatment and reuse, and the legal issues around a human right to water.

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Brownfields Redevelopment: Meeting the Challenges of Community Participation

Published: May 2000


Brownfields are the abandoned or idled commercial and industrial properties that dot our urban and rural landscapes. They often remain unused because of real or perceived contamination, liability risks, and the costs of cleanup.

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Comments on the Salton Sea Restoration Project

Published: May 2000


This document contains comments submitted by the Pacific Institute on the Salton Sea Restoration Project and on the January 2000 draft Environmental Impact Statement/Environmental Impact Report (DEIS) and supporting documents.

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Managing a Better Environment: Opportunities and Obstacles for ISO 14001 in Public Policy and Commerce

Published: March 2000


Environmental policy is in transition. Many observers believe that the existing regulatory system, though it has accomplished great improvements in environmental quality, is approaching the limits of its effectiveness.

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Colorado River Surplus Criteria Proposal

Published: February 2000


At its upper reaches, the Delta is dominated by vegetation such as cottonwoods and willows, offering more than twice the amount of native riparian habitat found in the entire reach of the river in the United States from Hoover Dam to Morelos Dam. 

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ISO Proceedings

Published: July 1999


On July 29, 1999, the Pacific Institute for Studies in Development, Environment and Security hosted a half-day workshop entitled Security ISO 14001 Environmental Management Systems and Public Policy.

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Basic Water Requirements for Human Activities: Meeting Basic Needs

Published: July 1999


An understanding of basic human water needs is key to ensuring fair and sustainable water supply.

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Haven or Hazard: The Ecology and Future of the Salton Sea

Published: February 1999


California's Salton Sea is a fertile oasis in the hostile desert of south-eastern California. It has been adopted by millions of birds migrating along the Pacific Flyway and also attracts human anglers and boaters

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The Human Right to Water

Published: January 1999


More than a billion people in the developing world lack safe drinking water – an amenity those in the developed world take for granted.

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Sustainable Use of Water: California Water Success Stories

Published: January 1999


The intense political and legal battles that have characterized California water policy throughout the 20th century have not ended—nor are they likely to end in the near future. But unexpectedly, with little fanfare or attention, California is moving toward more sustainable water management and use.

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The World’s Water, Volume 1

Published: September 1998


The first volume of The World’s Water (1998-1999) includes chapters on the changing global paradigm for water management and use, the environmental implications of large dams, possible consequences of climate change, and the links between water resources and conflict.

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The Sustainable Use of Water in the Lower Colorado River Basin

Published: November 1996


The Colorado River supplies water to nearly 30 million people and irrigates more than 1.5 million hectares of farmland in the United States and Mexico.

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California Water 2020: A Sustainable Vision

Published: May 1995


Every day, California wastes water in each sector of the the state’s economy.

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Water and Conflict: Fresh Water Resources and International Security

Published: June 1993


Fresh water is a fundamental resource, integral to all ecological and societal activities, including food and energy production, transportation, waste disposal, industrial development, and human health. Yet fresh water resources are unevenly and irregularly distributed, and some regions of the world are extremely water-short.

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Environment and Drought in California 1987-1992

Published: January 1993


The years 1987 to 1992 comprised the second driest period in California's recorded climate history.

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Published: May 1991


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The Societal and Environmental Cost of the Continuing California Drought

Published: January 1991


Since 1987, the State of California has been in the grip of a severe drought. water availability throughout the State has been far lower than normal for each of the last five years when measured in any of a variety of ways: total precipitation runoff, groundwater overdraft, or reservoir storage.

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Assessing The Costs Of Adapting to Sea-Level Rise: A Case Study of San Francisco Bay

Published: April 1990


Across the United States, coastal communities are grappling with crumbling infrastructure, flooded businesses, and overflowing sewers as a result of climate change-induced sea-level rise.

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