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Water is food, so use solutions to conserve water, says expert Alzbeta Klein
Water is food, so use solutions to conserve water | Alzbeta Klein | Sustainability | GZERO Live

"We often say water is life," says Alzbeta Klein, Director General of the International Fertilizer Association. "And I'd like to add to it: water is food." She spoke at a GZERO Live event organized by the Sustainability Leaders Council, a partnership between Eurasia Group, GZERO Media, and Suntory, exploring the emerging issue of water insecurity.

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Water crisis: Preserving fresh water sources is crucial to survival
Water crisis: Preserving fresh water sources is crucial to survival | Sustainability | GZERO Live

Over 70% of the Earth's surface is covered in water, but less than 0.02% is fresh water in lakes and rivers. An even smaller fraction of that fresh surface water is safe for humans to consume and farm. Still, according to Brian Richter, President of Sustainable Waters, humans are drawing too heavily on those resources without allowing replenishment.

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In the past decade, we’ve seen an explosion in medical and biotechnologies like gene editing with CRISPR, synthetic organs, cloning, and AI-powered prosthetics that are helping to eradicate disease, improve the human condition, and enhance our brain power. These developments have radically transformed our understanding of the human body and what we thought was possible. But like most new tech, there’s also potential for misuse, privacy concerns, and ethical implications. Gene editing can cure debilitating diseases but also lead to designer babies. AI learning algorithms can power neural implants but also potentially create new chemical weapons.

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The global water crisis and the path to a sustainable future
High and Dry: Tackling global water stress | Sustainability Leaders Council

What would you do if you turned on the tap one day and nothing came out? By 2025, water scarcity is expected to affect about 50% of the world’s 8 billion people, and climate change is worsening the problem by changing global weather patterns.

That’s why this year’s COP28 climate summit, which kicks off Thursday in the United Arab Emirates, added water scarcity to the agenda, bringing it to the forefront of climate negotiations. In advance of the summit, the Sustainability Leaders Council - a partnership between Eurasia Group, GZERO Media, and Suntory - brought together leading experts and industry leaders to discuss the problem and possible solutions for a GZERO Live event.

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Watch:Anatomy of a Fall.” This year’s Palme d’Or winner at the Cannes Film Festival, “Anatomy of a Fall” is a courtroom drama that centers on a fatal fall under mysterious circumstances as well as the fall of a complex relationship. It’s a tautly paced, smartly acted drama that has mesmerized audiences by refusing to obey film convention. – Willis

Listen: “King Yellowman.” This iconic 1984 album from pioneering Jamaican DJ Yellowman layers his catchy, clever lyricism over tracks built out of an encyclopedic knowledge of classic reggae, calypso, and skiffle to produce a contagiously energetic record. Skip the Bluetooth headphones and play this one on the hi-fi for the best experience. – Matt

Watch: “Napoleon.” The reviews are mixed, and it’s being criticized for its lack of historical accuracy, but Ridley Scott’s “Napoleon” is a captivating look at one of the most iconic leaders in history. Ignore the critics and check out this quirky, surprisingly comical piece of historical fiction starring Joaquin Phoenix. The battle scenes are epic, and it’s worth seeing in theaters. – John

WATCH THE REPLAY: By 2025, water scarcity is expected to affect around two-thirds of the world's population, and a similar proportion of companies will encounter significant water-related risks throughout their operations. Adding to the challenge, existing policy measures fall short of addressing this issue adequately. Resolving this crisis demands increased cooperation between public and private entities.

Join GZERO Media live today at 8 am ET as we delve into practical approaches spanning various regions and industries to address water scarcity globally.

Franck Gbaguidi, Director for Climate and Sustainability at Eurasia Group will moderate the livestream conversation, sponsored by Suntory, with:

  • James Dalton, Director, Global Water Programme, IUCN
  • Shari Friedman, Managing Director for Climate and Sustainability, Eurasia Group
  • Manoj Jain, Investment Director, Unison Capital
  • Shigeaki Kazama, Executive Officer and Division Deputy COO, Sustainability Management Division, Suntory Holdings
  • Alzbeta Klein, CEO, International Fertilizer Association
  • Mike Nemeth, Senior Advisor, Agricultural and Environmental Sustainability, Nutrien
  • Tanvi Nagpal, Senior Technical Research Advisor, URBAN WASH Program, Tetra Tech
  • Brian Richter, President, Sustainable Waters

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What Democrats and Republicans have in common this Thanksgiving
What Democrats and Republicans have in common this Thanksgiving | US Politics In :60 | GZERO Media

Jon Lieber, head of Eurasia Group's coverage of political and policy developments in Washington, DC, shares his perspective on US politics.

What are three things that lawmakers have to be grateful for this Thanksgiving?

Well, the first is that they get to go home. Lawmakers reached a short-term deal to fund the government until January 19th, which means that they won't be around Washington, DC, beating each other up over levels of funding. That can all wait until 2024. They can go home and enjoy the holidays with their families and not pass much other legislation this year.

The second is that so far, the Inflation Reduction Act seems to be working to spur manufacturing in the United States. There are 22 new battery plants currently under construction. There's record investment in electronics manufacturing, and a number of European companies have announced their intention to expand green energy projects in the United States and not because of these subsidies. Now, of course, the real question about the success of the program is going to come when the subsidies stop, and you can judge how well the US has done in spurring this manufacturing in the US. But for now, Democrats are happy because it looks like the IRA is working. Republicans like the jobs, even though they didn't vote for the bill.

The third thing that both parties have to be grateful for is that there are no competitive primaries, which means that there's no choosing sides. There's no traipsing through the snowy fields of Iowa to campaign for one guy or another. Donald Trump is almost certain to win the Republican nomination, and Joe Biden faces no real challengers. So, both parties can marshal all their resources for the general election in 2024. And neither party is likely to go through a particularly divisive primary in the first half of the year.