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Peter Gleick and J. Carl Ganter: The 10 Most Important Water Stories in 2014

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What were the big stories of last year? What are the big looming stories that are set to continue?

Peter Gleick: Clarifying the Discussion about California Drought and Climate Change

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Confusion about California's drought stems from the failure of some scientists, bloggers, reporters, and others to distinguish among three separate questions.

Peter Gleick: Learning from Drought: Five Priorities for California

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Droughts – especially severe droughts – are terribly damaging events. The human and ecosystem costs can be enormous, as we may relearn during the current California drought.

Peter Gleick: What Californians Can Expect from the Drought

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It is now early 2014 and the rains have not come, for the third year in a row.

Peter Gleick: California’s “Bellwether” Drought

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It is time to recognize the serious California drought for what it is: a bellwether of things to come; a harbinger of even more serious challenges to California water resources allocation, management, and use.
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Peter Gleick: Climate Change and the Integrity of Science Redux

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Nearly two years ago, Science magazine published the following Lead Letter, signed by 255 members of the U.S. National Academy of Sciences addressing attacks on the integrity of climate science. The science has continued to strengthen, the evidence in real world observations has become even stronger and more obvious.

Peter Gleick: An Inevitable Headline in 2014 — 'Planet’s CO2 Level Reaches 400 ppm for First Time in Human Existence'

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Sometime, about one year from now, the front pages of whatever decent newspapers are left will carry a headline like the one above, announcing that for the first time in human existence (or in nearly a million years, or 3 million years, or 15 million years), the global atmospheric concentration of carbon dioxide — the principal gas causing climate change — will have passed 400 parts per million.

Peter Gleick: 200 Years of Dr. John Snow — A Significant Figure in the World of Water

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This week is the 200th anniversary of the birth of the man who would help settle, once and for all, the question of the cause of cholera.

Peter Gleick: (Mis)Understanding Sea-Level Rise (SLR) and Climate Impacts

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One of the most important and threatening risks of climate change is sea-level rise (SLR).

Peter Gleick: Climate Change, Snow and Ice, and Water Resources

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One of the reasons that climate change is such a big issue is because the global climate is an integral part of the Earth’s entire ecosystem, tied to so many of the big and little things that society cares about.

Peter Gleick: Smart Water, New Jobs

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Invest in the future. And especially invest in sustainable, effective job creation in the water sector. The result will be millions of new jobs — a significant result.

Peter Gleick: Accuracy, Precision, and Significance — The Misery of Cholera

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We’re bombarded with numbers every day. But seeing a number and understanding it are two different things.