World Water Week opens amid biofuel demand warnings

Top experts from 140 countries were Sunday gathering in Stockholm for a week-long international conference on water sustainability initiatives.

World Water Week opens amid biofuel demand warnings

Top experts from 140 countries were Sunday gathering in Stockholm for a week-long international conference on water sustainability initiatives, amid warnings that expected mass production of biofuels such as ethanol for the automobile industry may exacerbate future water scarcity.

According to the Stockholm International Water Institute (SIWI), agricultural demand for water will double by 2050 due largely to the anticipated needs of the biofuel sector.

Experts also term as problematic the large areas of arable land necessary to cultivate crops for biofuel purposes.

Also on the agenda at the World Water Week gathering, which runs in the Swedish capital until August 18, is the issue of averting death and illness among the up to 2.6 billion people who do not have access to safe and sanitary water supplies.

The conference, which in 2007 will feature up to 2,500 expert delegates from 140 countries, has since the beginning of the 1990s served as the premier international forum for discussing environmentally sustainable water initiatives and water distribution issues.

Swedish King Carl XVI Gustaf had on Thursday awarded the 150,000- dollar Stockholm Water Prize for 2007 to Professor Perry L McCarty of Stanford University in the United States, for "pioneering work in developing the scientific approach for the design and operation of water and wastewater systems."

Internet: www.worldwaterweek.org

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Last Mod: 13 Ağustos 2007, 07:00
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