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Vol. 32 No. 6
November-December 2010

Water Quality
IUPAC Congress, Puerto Rico
30 July–7 August 2011

Without water, life on Earth would not be possible. Our earth is composed largely of water; however, only 0.06% is easily accessible. Here are some interesting facts highlighted by Dr. Sut Ahuja in the Global Water Sustainability Symposium at a recent American Chemical Society meeting in San Francisco:

  • Over 40 countries in the world suffer from a water deficit.
  • An estimated 1.2 billion people drink unclean water.
  • The UN estimates that 2.7 billion people will face water shortages by 2025.
  • Water-related diseases kill 5 million people, mostly children, annually.

For these reasons, one of the main themes of the International Year of Chemistry 2011 is “Chemistry meets the global challenges of safe water.” In order to highlight chemistry’s role in water quality, a special symposium on the Sustainability of Water Quality is being organized at the IUPAC Congress in Puerto Rico, which will take place 30 July to 7 August 2011. The symposium will cover the following topics:

  • global water-quality issues
  • monitoring contaminants in water
  • remediation of various contaminants

Notable speakers from various parts of the world are being invited to address these issues. Participation of younger researchers and students will be actively sought also. Financial support of USD 250 will be offered to each of eight younger scientists to encourage their participation. For further information, contact Sut Ahuja <Sutahuja@atmc.net>.

www.iupac.org/web/act/San_Juan_2011-07-30aa


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