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The thirsty 10 billion: Are we managing?
Tuesday, 14th April, 15:30
Austria Center Vienna

EGU-AGU Great Debate on Global Freshwater Use
European Geosciences Union General Assembly 2015

Convened by: Jonathan Dick, Oksana Tarasova , Efi Foufoula, Caspar Hewett, Paul Quinn , Mark Wilkinson, Hubert H.G. Savenije

Water security is one of the great challenges facing humanity today with more than one third of the world’s population living in water-stressed areas. Difficult questions need to be addressed about how we manage and consume water - for domestic, industrial and agricultural purposes. With the United Nations predicting a world population in excess of 10 billion by 2100 and climate change potentially further threatening people's access to potable water, are we doing what is necessary to secure our water resources? There is immense expertise and knowledge in the science and engineering communities on how to make best use of the resources we have, from better storage and infrastructure to drip irrigation, wastewater processing and efficient desalination. So, what can we do to make sure that people have the water they need? What legacy do we want future generations to inherit in terms of water security? What are we doing right and what can we do better to manage this most essential of all resources?
Chair: Dr Caspar Hewett

Coming soon:
The Right to be Offensive? Freedom of Expression in the 21st Century

More 2015 events to be announced

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