Call it water whiplash. Climate change has contributed to droughts that have inflamed armed conflicts in Iraq, Syria and other parts of the world. At the same time, epic floods have hit England, India and Australia. In the United States, carbon pollution has amplified severe floods in the Midwest and Atlantic coast and exacerbated California's searing drought.
How can countries and communities make sense of having too little water and then suddenly too much? Is this a new normal? What can be done to preserve water security for those who have it and provide it for those who don't?
We dive into the world's water, conflicts surrounding it, and the future of water in a climate constrained world.
Director, Water Program, Ceres
President, Association of California Water Agencies; Board Member, East Bay Municipal Utility District
Deborah S. Davis is Professor of Sociology at Yale University specializing in the study of contemporary Chinese society. Using materials from fieldwork in China, she is currently completing two research projects, one focused on the social and political consequences of privatizing urban housing and one on poverty, wealth, and social stratification.
Davis is currently a member of the National Committee on US China Relations and in 2004 helped launch the Yale China Health Journal. At Yale she has served as Director of Academic Programs at the Yale Center for the Study of Globalization, Chair of the Department of Sociology, Chair of the Council of East Asian Studies, and Director of Graduate Studies in both East Asian Studies and Sociology.
She received a MA in East Asian Studies from Harvard and a Ph.D. in sociology from Boston University.
Peter H. Gleick is co-founder and president of the Pacific Institute in Oakland, California. Dr. Gleick is an internationally recognized water expert and in 2003 was awarded the prestigious MacArthur Fellowship for his science and policy work on water issues worldwide. In 2006 he was elected to the United States National Academy of Sciences. His research and writing address the critical connections between water and human health, the human right to water, the hydrologic impacts of climate change, sustainable water use, privatization and globalization and international conflicts over water resources.
He serves on the boards of numerous journals and organizations and was elected an Academician of the International Water Academy in Oslo, Norway in 1999. Dr. Gleick is the author of many scientific papers and five books, including the biennial water report The World's Water.
Chair, California State Water Resources Control Board
Director of Water Resources, California Farm Bureau Federation
California Assemblyman Anthony Rendon
Chair, State Water, Parks and Wildlife Committee (D-Lakewood)
Chief Scientist of Water Markets, The Nature Conservancy; Author, Chasing Water: A Guide for Moving From Scarcity to Sustainability
Reporter, KQED Science
Barton "Buzz" Thompson
Professor of Natural Resources Law, Stanford Law School