Fresh water continues to fight for a fraction of the attention and resources commonly devoted to Northern favorites biodiversity and climate change. It shouldn’t be a zero sum game, but that is a rant for a different day.
If you want to hear one of the world’s water experts, tune in on-line Wednesday, November 17 at 10 am EST to hear Dr. Peter Gleick, director of the Pacific Institute and MacArthur genius award winner, discuss his new book The World’s Water 2004-2005: The Biennial Report on Freshwater Resources. Every two years Peter and his colleagues put out a new World’s Water volume with a mix of critical topics. This year’s edition covers the inadequate commitment to the Millennium Development Goals, the myth and reality of bottled water, the privatization controversy, the economic value of water, the unsustainable use of groundwater, and climate change’s effect on water resources.
This session with Peter Gleick is the first of many webcast meetings here at the Woodrow Wilson Center in Washington, my home institution, which I will occasionally plug.
UPDATE: A summary of this meeting including Dr. Gleick’s powerpoint slides is now available.