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Catalyst: California Series Sketches Blueprint for Drought Response

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Strategies must bridge political jurisdictions and reflect local water conditions.
Dr. Peter Gleick

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.

Film Review: Last Call at the Oasis

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A documentary film on the world’s water crisis opens this weekend.

Peter Gleick: Mining California Groundwater - The Cadiz Project

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A private company, Cadiz Inc. (Cadiz), has revived plans to mine groundwater underlying land in the delicate Eastern Mojave Desert. This project revives fundamental questions about how we manage our precious water resources, and in particular, whether in the 21st century it is appropriate, or even necessary, to use renewable water resources in a nonrenewable and unsustainable way, for short-term profit.

Peter Gleick: Climate Change, Disbelief, and the Collision between Human and Geologic Time

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Geologic time scales are long – too long for the human mind to really comprehend. Over millions, and tens of millions, and hundreds of millions of years, the Earth has changed from something unrecognizable to the planet we see on maps, plastic globes, and photos from space.