Stories by Peter Gleick

Dr. Peter Gleick is president of the Pacific Institute, an internationally recognized water expert and a MacArthur Fellow. This post originally appeared in Gleick's City Brights blog at SFGate. subscribe to Peter Gleick's feed

Posted on: May 6, 2011, Source: Pacific Institute

It is time for a water fountain renaissance and new technology is available to help.

Posted on: Jan 27, 2011, Source: Pacific Institute

Increasingly, around the world, in the U.S., and locally, we are running up against peak water limits.

Posted on: Nov 20, 2010, Source: AlterNet

How bad it gets depends on how much longer we fail to act and how much longer Congress and others hide behind ignorance, political ideology and religion to deny reality.

Posted on: Nov 10, 2010, Source: Pacific Institute

One industry estimate says that bottled water advertising exceeded $150 million a year in 2005, and it has continued to grow substantially since then.

Posted on: Nov 1, 2010, Source: Pacific Institute

This is a first step, not a last step. Will finally acknowledging a human right to water and sanitation solve the world's water and sanitation problems?

Posted on: Oct 1, 2010, Source: Pacific Institute

Central Valley Tea Partiers and right wing media are using a pack of lies to launch a full-scale assault on the environment of the Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta.

Posted on: Sep 23, 2010, Source: Pacific Institute

Wait a minute: free drinking water ISN'T available in all of our school cafeterias?? We have to pass a LAW requiring that free water be made available to children in lunchrooms?

Posted on: Sep 10, 2010, Source: Pacific Institute

We must do the most critical and effective things first, from a technical, political and economic perspective.

Posted on: Sep 2, 2010, Source: Pacific Institute

How many of us really have a sense of what our water use is, or the energy and greenhouse gases embedded in that use?

Posted on: Jul 15, 2010, Source: Pacific Institute

We've acted as though there was no drought until it was too late and we failed to take steps to reduce our water use by serious efforts to improve efficiency and cut waste.

Posted on: Jun 10, 2010, Source: Pacific Institute

What are the lessons for other parts of the world, including California?

Posted on: Jun 3, 2010, Source: Pacific Institute

Water bottlers are using all the tricks, despite federal laws that require them to use honest labels and restrict advertisers from making unsubstantiated health or medical claims.

Posted on: Apr 29, 2010, Source: Pacific Institute

Every single water user — residential, commercial, industrial, and agricultural — should have an accurate water meter.

Posted on: Apr 22, 2010, Source: Pacific Institute

What's been found in bottled water? Here's a few: benzene, mold, kerosene, styrene, algae, yeast, sand, fecal coliforms, glass particles, sanitizer and crickets.

Posted on: Apr 13, 2010, Source: Pacific Institute

Once-through cooling systems are an outmoded environmental disaster. So why are so many power plants still relying on them?

Posted on: Apr 8, 2010, Source: Pacific Institute

While the Middle East has the longest history of water-related violence by far, my biggest worries today are elsewhere: in Asia.

Posted on: Mar 22, 2010, Source: Pacific Institute

I've seen some of the poorest parts of the world, but even for me, what I saw today was a shocking reminder of the wretched conditions that literally billions of people face.

Posted on: Mar 18, 2010, Source: Pacific Institute

Deniers have never, ever produced an alternative scientific argument that comes close to explaining the evidence we see around the world that the climate is changing.

Posted on: Mar 2, 2010, Source: Pacific Institute

The DOE has announced that they intend to pursue enforcement actions against the manufacturers of water-using appliances that violate national water and energy savings laws.

Posted on: Feb 23, 2010, Source: Pacific Institute

Today, more than half of all urban water use in most western states goes to landscaping, and most of that goes to trying to maintain green turf.