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5/24/2016  |   09:15 - 10:00   |  Hall DE

THE FUTURE OF FRESHWATER IN A WORLD OF CLIMATE CHANGE Global and local freshwater challenges continue to mount around the world as populations expand, economies grow, and climate changes accelerate. Dr. Peter Gleick will address the nature of freshwater problems, the history and science around society's efforts to solve water challenges, and a vision for a sustainable future for water. Science and technology remain central to efforts to understand and improve water management, but it is equally important to understand the economic, cultural, and political factors that also influence how freshwater is used and how the adverse impacts of that use can be mitigated.

Peter Gleick (Primary Presenter), Pacific Institute , pgleick@pipeline.com;
Dr. Peter Gleick is a leading expert, innovator, and communicator on water and climate issues. He co-founded and leads the Pacific Institute in Oakland created in 1987 and now one of the most innovative, independent non-governmental organizations addressing global water challenges. Dr. Gleick's work has redefined water from the realm of engineers to the world of social justice, sustainability, human rights, and integrated thinking. His influence on the field of water has been long and deep: he developed one of the earliest analyses of climate change impacts on water resources, the earliest comprehensive work on water and conflict, and defined basic human needs for water and the human right to water – work that has been used by the UN and in human rights court cases. He pioneered the concept of the