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.

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

The only way for thirsty fans to get water now is to wait in line at the concessions counter for a free small cup or pay $4 for bottled water.

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

A new report by the Pacific Institute points the way to how urban and agricultural users can save water.

Posted on: Jan 14, 2010, Source: Pacific Institute

In any disaster like this, after search, rescue, and immediate medical care, clean and safe water becomes a critical need.

Posted on: Jan 12, 2010, Source: Pacific Institute

New research from the Pacific Institute shows where climate change, water and international politics collide.

Posted on: Jan 5, 2010, Source: Pacific Institute

The Safe Drinking Water Act regulates 91 chemicals. Yet there are tens of thousands of chemicals that can contaminate our waters and that haven't been assessed for their risks.

Posted on: Dec 18, 2009, Source: Pacific Institute

California is heading for a catastrophe of huge proportions if the overdraft of groundwater continues at the same rate as the last few years.

Posted on: Dec 8, 2009, Source: Pacific Institute

An estimated 77 billion barrels of contaminated water were generated worldwide in 2000 by oil and gas operations. In recent years this volume has increased.

Posted on: Dec 3, 2009, Source: Pacific Institute

California's water supply projections are grossly misunderstood by the media and the public and are misused by narrow water interests in the state.

Posted on: Nov 19, 2009, Source: Pacific Institute

After years of claiming that they needed no public support to build this plant, this claim has finally been proven false.

Posted on: Nov 18, 2009, Source: Pacific Institute

Despite the happy face being put on by some of the bill's supporters, including Governor Schwarzenegger, I doubt anyone is truly happy with the end result.

Posted on: Nov 4, 2009, Source: Pacific Institute

It is possible to improve the efficiency of water use and such improvements eliminate the need for expensive and environmentally damaging new supply.

Posted on: Nov 4, 2009, Source: Pacific Institute

We must stop pretending that water is free and unlimited, available to anyone who can put a siphon in a river or drill another groundwater well.

Posted on: Oct 23, 2009, Source: Pacific Institute

We must implement all three solutions in the right way to be effective.

Posted on: Oct 14, 2009, Source: Pacific Institute

Addressing water problems comes down to three choices: increase the water supply, decrease the water demand per person, or change the number of people.

Posted on: Sep 28, 2009, Source: Pacific Institute

Recently, Australia drastically reduced its per capita water usage. So what's the holdup stateside?

Posted on: Sep 10, 2009, Source: Pacific Institute

Parts of America are slipping back toward the Dark Ages, when fear of knowledge and science led to an impoverishment of civilization.

Posted on: Sep 9, 2009, Source: Pacific Institute

The Bureau or Rec's new report actually shows the project is a bad idea, will create far fewer benefits than costs, and will be an ecological, recreational and economic failure.

Posted on: Sep 4, 2009, Source: Pacific Institute

There are people and groups who work to produce or disseminate bad numbers as a way of influencing policy decisions in their favor.

Posted on: Aug 27, 2009, Source: Pacific Institute

Exaggerating the role that water plays in unemployment will do little to improve farm jobs and much to hurt rational water policy in the region.

Posted on: Aug 20, 2009, Source: Pacific Institute

While remarkable and innovative efforts at sustainable water management are still being pursued here, these efforts are no longer either unusual or groundbreaking.