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Nobel focus on water

Water, that fundamental resource necessary to all life, will be the focus of this year’s Nobel Conference Oct. 6- 7 at Gustavus Adolphus College in St. Peter, Minn.

Leading scientists from around the world are scheduled to examine the current state of the world water resources and outline threats to the health of rivers, lakes, estuaries, coastal waters, oceans and all forms of aquatic environments. They also plan to discuss environmental ethics, the concept of potable water as a basic human right and the tragedies resulting from contaminated resources.

Speakers include Rajendra Pachauri, who chairs the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, in Geneva, Switzerland. You can see the full lineup here.

A special focus on Minnesota’s water connections will come Tuesday evening, Oct. 6, with speakers from the Minnesota Pollution Control Agency, the Natural Resources Research Institute in Duluth, the Large Lakes Observatory in Duluth and Acara Institute which works with universities and companies to address global challenges.

You can see the full schedule hereThe $100 tickets for seating on the conference’s main floor are sold out, but the conference website offers reservations in overflow seating for $60.

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