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Global Water Security: Engineering the Future

Falconer, Roger Anthony ORCID: and Norton, Michael R. 2012. Global Water Security: Engineering the Future. Presented at: NATO Advanced Research Workshop on Climate Change, Human Health and National Security, Dubrovnik, Croatia, 28–30 April 2011. Published in: Fernando, H. J. S., Klaić, Z. B. and McCulley, J. L. eds. National Security and Human Health Implications of Climate Change. NATO Science for Peace and Security Series C: Environmental Security Dordrecht: pp. 261-269. 10.1007/978-94-007-2430-3_22

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The paper introduces some of the general challenges of global water security, particularly in poverty stricken regions such as Africa, and highlights the likely global impact of climate change, increasing pollution and population growth etc. on water resources, as outlined in recent studies. The nexus between water, food and energy is introduced, along with the concept of virtual water and the impact of the water footprint and the need for society, industry and governments to become more conscious of the water footprint, alongside the carbon footprint. Various practical solutions to enhancing security of supply are introduced and discussed, such as desalination and integrated water management in the form of ‘Cloud to Coast’, together with global actions needed. Finally, some water security challenges and opportunities for developed countries, such as the UK, are discussed, particularly with regard to the need to price water appropriately and the need to appreciate that the price of water should cover more than just the cost of delivery to the home. The paper concludes with the urgent need to raise the profile of global water security at all levels of society and through international bodies, for the benefit of humanity worldwide.

Item Type: Conference or Workshop Item (Paper)
Date Type: Publication
Status: Published
Schools: Engineering
Subjects: G Geography. Anthropology. Recreation > GE Environmental Sciences
T Technology > TD Environmental technology. Sanitary engineering
Uncontrolled Keywords: Climate change – Water resources – Water pollution – World population – Integrated water management – Eco-systems – Bio-diversity – Desalination – Water pricing
ISBN: 9789400724297
ISSN: 1874-6519
Last Modified: 19 Oct 2022 10:41

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