Sat, Feb 13, 2010 -- 2:30 PM

Global Warming and the Emerging Water Crisis in California and China (Asia Society)

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The water crisis in China and California, already severe, is sure to grow worse. Drought, population growth, urbanization, pollution and inadequate infrastructure have brought water systems to the breaking point in China and California, along with much of the western U.S. Now, global warming promises to exacerbate the crisis, causing rising sea levels, more severe floods and droughts, the melting of the glaciers in the Tibetan plateau and a host of other challenges. What are the dimensions of the crisis in California and China today? What are the most promising technology and policy measures to boost water supplies and reduce demand? How might California and China collaborate to address common challenges?

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