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UN 2023 Water Conference: water is life, but it’s also politics

As the world meets at the United Nations for the first water summit in a decade, we speak to someone who has written a history of humanity’s relationship with water.

Giulio Boccaletti, author of Water: A Biography says it is human decisions that have created water crises, and it’s humans that can solve them.

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The COP28 climate summit held in late 2023 served to focus the world’s attention on the steps necessary to avert catastrophe - and resulted in an official acknowledgement that fossil fuels are the root cause of climate change. Despite the stated aim of the Paris Agreement to limit warming to well below 2°C above pre-industrial levels, by having countries voluntarily reduce emissions of carbon dioxide and other greenhouse gases, the world is on track to exceed that threshold. Even 1.5°C in warming is likely to lead to punishing environmental impacts and widespread displacement.This briefing is based on the views of a wide range of experts from the World Economic Forum’s Expert Ne...

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