World Water Day 2022 puts a focus on groundwater

When we think of water, we need to think of earth, and the water that lies beneath it. Groundwater is what keeps us alive, according to the latest UN World Water Development Report.

“Groundwater is central to the fight against poverty, to food and water security, to the creation of decent jobs, to socio-economic development, and to the resilience of societies and economies to climate change,” the UN World Water Development Report said.

Launched yesterday at the 9th World Water Forum’s opening ceremony in Dakar, Senegal, the 2022 report is entitled “Groundwater: Making the invisible visible.” The report was launched in time for today’s World Water Day, when we are urged to consider how to preserve this finite and precious resource.

The situation is urgent, the WHO warned, noting that “currently, 2.2 billion people have limited access to safe drinking water, and by 2025, half of the world’s population will be living in water-stressed areas.”

Biotech offers solutions for water as a resource

“The biotech industry is lending a critical hand to ensure that all of us are responsible stewards of the little bit of water we have available to share,” said Dr. Michelle McMurry-Heath, President and CEO of the Biotechnology Innovation Organization (BIO) in her podcast, released for World Water Day.

You can hear the full I am Bio podcast here.

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