Freshwater is vital for human and environmental health, industrial activities and food production, the production and use of energy, and much more. As human populations and economies grow, pressure on limited water resources are also growing, leading to a variety of challenging problems, including water scarcity and pollution, water-related diseases, ecological disruptions, and even social and political conflict. In the context of global climate change, many of these problems are increasingly severe. This presentation will provide an overview of current challenges associated with the world's freshwater resources, a vision of a more positive and sustainable future, and pathways to achieve that future.
Dr. Peter Gleick is one of the world's leading experts on freshwater issues, a member of the US National Academy of Sciences, co-founder and president emeritus of the Pacific Institute, and winner of the 2018 Carl Sagan Prize for Science Popularization.
Originally published at environmentalchange.nd.edu.