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Peter Gleick

Peter Gleick: Is the U.S. Reaching Peak Water?

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Adequate, high-quality freshwater is fundamental for health, growing food, natural ecosystems, and a productive U.S. economy including the production of energy and all vital goods and services. But as populations and economies grow, new constraints on water resources are appearing, raising questions about ultimate limits to water availability.
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Peter Gleick: Water as a Weapon — Qaddafi's Last Desperate Gamble

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There is a long history of conflicts over water. The first known water war was nearly 5,000 years ago: a conflict over irrigation ditches between the cities of Umma and Lagash in ancient Mesopotamia, between the Tigris and Euphrates rivers in what is now Iraq.
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Peter Gleick: It's Hotter Than It Used to Be; It's Not as Hot as It's Going to Be

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Holy crap it's hot. People, animals, and crops are dying.
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Peter Gleick: When Beliefs Conflict with Facts

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Representative Jim Costa and the California Drought
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Peter Gleick: What Do You Know? Water Conservation and Efficiency Actually Work

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A new analysis from the Pacific Institute Municipal Deliveries of Colorado River Basin Water, authored by Michael J. Cohen, documents real changes in population and water deliveries for 100 cities and water agencies in the U.S. and Mexico that deliver and use water from the Colorado River Basin. Total population in these areas grew by more than 10 million people between 1990 and 2008, but water use per person dropped by around 20 percent over the same period (around 1% per year).
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Peter Gleick: The California Drought (2007-2009) - Myth Versus Reality

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It has been a wet year. Very wet. But remember the drought? California…
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Peter Gleick: Whither Bottled Water Sales?

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Major public campaigns against bottled water had recently been initiated by students, activist groups, local communities, and even some restaurateurs, including several high-profile ones in the Bay Area and the two-year drop in sales after years of double-digit annual growth was perceived by some, including me, as an indication that the unchallenged claims of the industry were beginning to be met with skepticism, education, and consumer reaction.
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Peter Gleick: Another Cost of Bottled Water — Environmental Injustice and Inequity

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We've known for a long time that bottled water costs far more than safe, reliable, municipal tap water systems, with those costs falling on individuals, communities, and the environment.
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Peter Gleick: Where Have All Our Drinking Water Fountains Gone?

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Where have all our drinking water fountains gone? They have been…
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Peter Gleick: Unsafe Drinking Water for California's Poor – Unfair, Unnecessary, and Unacceptable

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The United States has -- for the most part -- an excellent tap…
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Peter Gleick: Playing God

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In a desperate attempt to make it easier to solve California's…
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Peter Gleick: Misrepresenting Climate Science — Cherry-Picking Data for Political Purposes

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In 2009, Harrison Schmitt, a former senator, astronaut, and self-described climate "denier" (and potentially the Energy Secretary to the new New Mexican governor), sent a paper to NASA riddled with long-debunked errors of science. Others have written about this paper, taking it apart error by error. But this week, some of those errors reappeared