World Water Day

At the UN there is a growing sense of urgency that water should be central to any discussion on energy or food. Two of the primary uses of water are agriculture and energy production. Water and energy policies often conflict with each other since the production of energy requires much water and the production of potable water requires much energy. It was recommended that the next Earth Summit (at Rio in June 2012) should create structures for urban water governance given the crucial linkages among water, energy, and food. Later that day, at an event on water and urbanization, we learned that with the predicted rise of the human population, the population of cities is expected to rise dramatically in developing countries, and up to 2/3 of the world’s population will live in areas of inadequate water supplies exacerbating an already fierce competition for water for agriculture, industry, energy production, and domestic/sanitary uses.

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