The Center for Environment and National Security (CENS) at Scripps Institution of Oceanography, UC San Diego, will bring together representatives from key science, finance and government sectors to consider the implications of a diminishing global water supply at a symposium Sept. 19 and 20. CENS, formed at Scripps in October 2009 to study impacts of the environment on national security, diplomacy and development, will present "Water, Climate and Finance: The New Intersection" at the Robert Paine Scripps Forum for Science, Society and the Environment (Scripps Seaside Forum). The existing shortage of fresh water around the world will be negatively impacted by climate change in the coming decades. Symposium participants from the World Bank and the U.S. Department of State will join scientists and private sector investors and bankers in addressing these issues and the increasing need for investment in this crucial sector. They will seek solutions in the areas of pricing, technology and new business models in the water sector, along with providing a showcase for prominent policy makers to discuss upcoming government involvement. This conference is expected to draw 200 participants from the United States and around the world. Confirmed speakers include U.S. Rep. Grace Napolitano, Director of the California Climate Change Center W. Michael Hanemann and Jan Dell, vice president of the Energy & Water Division at engineering and construction firm CH2M Hill. The symposium will conclude Sept. 20 with an off-site visit to a water purification demonstration project operated by the city of San Diego at the North City Water Reclamation Plant. Registration is required. The fee of $500 per person defrays the cost of meals. Registration before Sept. 1 is $400.
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