Signaling the strengthening connection between energy and water supplies, a week long event in the Middle East will focus on solutions to that.
Abu Dhabi Sustainability Week, taking place January 13-17, will focus on the energy-water nexus - how much water it takes to produce the huge amounts of energy the world will demand going forward, and whether there will be enough to go around.
It's the largest gathering on sustainability in the Middle East to date.
By 2025, 40% of the world's human population is expected to live in water-scarce regions. And even now, 27% of people living in cities do not have water piped into their homes. 70% of the world's fresh water resources is used for agriculture and irrigation.
The conference is expected to host 30,000 people from 150 countries. It's actually a series of conferences that have the goal of accelerating global adoption of renewable energy; addressing water challenges in arid regions and the nexus between water and energy.
The Assembly of the International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA), January 13 - 14; the sixth annual World Future Energy Summit, January 15 - 17; the International Water Summit January, 15 - 17; and the International Renewable Energy Conference in Abu Dhabi, January 15 - 17.
The area is home to Masdar City, which is in the process of building one of the world's most sustainable cities.
You Could Be There
The organizers are holding a blogging contest, "Engage: The Water-Energy Nexus," and the winner will be invited to personally attend and cover the event as VIP media.
The winning content will also be featured at http://www.masdar.ae/ and on media partner websites.
To enter, all you need to do to is have a compelling blog post and get friends and family to share and vote.
Here's what you have to do to enter and be eligible to win:
1. Write a blog post that addresses this question:
What steps can individuals, businesses or world leaders take to address the most pressing and often interrelated water and energy challenges?
2. Publish the blog post on your blog, mention the contest and link to http://masdar.ae/en/www.masdar.ae/engage . (If you don't have a blog, entries can be emailed to: email@example.com)
3. Post a link to your story in the comment field below by December 31, 2012.
4. Vote and Promote. After the post has been published, tell your friends, families and readers to vote for your post at the Masdar Engage page. Use Facebook, Twitter or any other social media to get the word out.. NOTE: Voting closes January 3, 2013.
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