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January 2022 Newsletter

January 31, 2022 | announcement


The monthly newsletter features the Pacific Institute’s research, publications, news about past and upcoming Institute staff outreach efforts, and media coverage of its work and analysis.


Featured in Bakersfield.com

California’s Drought Reckoning Could Offer Lessons for the West

January 11, 2022 | news



Featured in ABC News

Researchers Optimistic About New Housing Despite California Drought

December 30, 2021 | news



December 2021 Newsletter

December 23, 2021 | announcement


The monthly newsletter features the Pacific Institute’s research, publications, news about past and upcoming Institute staff outreach efforts, and media coverage of its work and analysis.


With Another Dry Year Looming, California Moves to Set New Urban Water Use Standards

December 21, 2021 | post


In November, amid the deepening drought, the DWR and the State Water Resources Control Board (SWRCB) issued joint recommendations to the California State Legislature for new indoor residential water use standards, along with a study supporting the recommendations (hereafter the Indoor Residential Water Use Study, or IRWUS).  



Featured in Los Angeles Times

A Frenzy of Well Drilling By California Leaves Taps Running Dry

December 16, 2021 | news



Featured in Los Angeles Times

California, Arizona and Nevada Agree to Take Less Water From Ailing Colorado River

December 15, 2021 | news



Featured in KTVU FOX 2

California’s Major Reservoirs Are Still Far Drier Than Average

December 14, 2021 | news



Mai-Lan Ha Promoted to Pacific Institute’s Executive Team as Associate Director of Corporate Water Stewardship and Deputy Head of the CEO Water Mandate

December 8, 2021 | announcement


December 8, 2021, Oakland, California – The Pacific Institute today announced Mai-Lan Ha has been promoted to join its executive team as Associate Director of Corporate Water Stewardship and Deputy Head of the CEO Water Mandate.



COP26: A Bold Step Forward for the Water Resilience Agenda

December 2, 2021 | post


With the 26th UN Climate Change Conference (COP26) now in the rearview mirror, three things are clear: 1) the water agenda received significantly more attention than previous COPs, 2) resilience and adaptation are gaining powerful traction alongside climate mitigation, and 3) the corporate sector has the opportunity to lead in this critical next stage of the climate crisis by turning commitments into tangible action. 


November 2021 Newsletter

November 30, 2021 | announcement


The monthly newsletter features the Pacific Institute’s research, publications, news about past and upcoming Institute staff outreach efforts, and media coverage of its work and analysis.


The U.S. Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act: Water Components

November 13, 2021 | publication


On November 5, 2021, the U.S. Congress passed President Biden’s major infrastructure bill, HR 3684, the $1.2 trillion Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act. The President is expected to sign the bill into law.


An Assessment of Oil and Gas Water Cycle Reporting in California

November 12, 2021 | publication


In the context of severe drought in California, Senate Bill 1281 (2014, Pavley) expanded reporting requirements for the state's oil and gas industry regarding produced water — the water extracted from oil and gas production. The intention of the bill is to ensure the ability to assess impacts on California’s water resources, public health, and the environment.


The U.S. Infrastructure Plan: Water Components 

November 8, 2021 | post


On November 5, 2021, the U.S. Congress passed President Biden’s major infrastructure bill, HR 3684, the $1.2 trillion ‘‘Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act.” The President is expected to sign the bill into law. The bill is the largest single federal investment in infrastructure in a generation, with the funds to be expended over five years...


Op-Ed: Does the Bay Area Have the Water It Needs to Grow?

October 29, 2021 | publication


It seems as though the two things the Bay Area has the least of are housing and water. The region has a shortfall of 699,000 housing units, which has driven housing costs to astronomical heights, and pushed 35,000 of our neighbors into temporary housing or onto the streets. Our colleagues at San Francisco Bay Area Planning and Urban Research Association (SPUR),a public policy think tank, have found that the region needs to build an astonishing 2.2 million homes by 2070 to meet future demand and make up for the present shortfall.


Pacific Institute: An Urgent Call to Build Water Resilience

October 29, 2021 | video


The world is facing a global water crisis marked by growing competition for freshwater resources, rapidly deteriorating water quality, poor and declining ecosystem health, unprecedented biodiversity loss, and a failure to meet basic water and sanitation needs. This crisis is exacerbated by population growth, unsustainable consumption patterns, and, increasingly, climate change.


Pacific Institute Launches Water Resilience Issue Brief, Calls on Decision-makers to Rapidly Scale Water Resilience Solutions in Build-Up to COP26 

October 29, 2021 | post


Never before have the global water and climate agendas been so closely linked. More than 30 years ago, the Pacific Institute made some of the earliest projections about how climate change would wreak havoc on the water cycle. Today, we see many of these impacts before our very eyes. Amid climate change, intensifying floods and droughts have affected people, nature, and economies.


Water Resilience

October 29, 2021 | publication


The world is facing a global water crisis marked by growing competition for freshwater resources, rapidly deteriorating water quality, poor and declining ecosystem health, unprecedented biodiversity loss, and a failure to meet basic water and sanitation needs.


COP26 Is a Unique Moment in Time for Water and Climate

October 29, 2021 | announcement


As we approach COP26 in Glasgow, the Pacific Institute recognizes how pivotal this United Nations Climate Change Conference will be in advancing water on the global climate agenda. After decades of work by water leaders to integrate water and climate solutions, COP26 presents a unique moment in time.


Featured in Bloomberg Green + Equity

Meet Six People Fighting Water Scarcity Across the Globe

October 27, 2021 | news




New Article Tackles Global Water Scarcity

October 24, 2021 | announcement


October 24, 2021, Oakland, California -- The article "Freshwater Scarcity" was recently published in the Annual Review of Environment and Resources. The availability and use of fresh water are critical for human health and for economic and ecosystem stability.


Freshwater Scarcity

October 24, 2021 | publication


The availability and use of fresh water are critical for human health and for economic and ecosystem stability. But the growing mismatch between human demands and natural freshwater availability is contributing to water scarcity, affecting industrial and agricultural production and a wide range of social, economic, and political problems, including poverty, deterioration of ecosystem health, and violent conflicts.


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