Is Our Planet Under Catastrophic Threat? The Global Water Crisis

Scholars and experts will gather in Pittsburgh next week to discuss the looming global water crisis, which continues as climate change warms the planet and results in clouds moving away from the equator toward the poles, depriving rainwater to regions like sub-Saharan Africa, the Middle East and Central America.

Plenary presentations from a variety of interdisciplinary perspectives such as science, law and policy, and ethics and religion will be featured during the third annual Integrity of Creation Conference: The Global Water Crisis slated for Wednesday, Sept. 27, and Thursday, Sept. 28, at Duquesne University.

Experts and their specific topics include:

  • Dr. Nancy G. Love, the Borchardt and Glysson Collegiate Professor at the University of Michigan Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering-Water Infrastructure in Shrinking and Expanding Cities: The Impact on Water Quality and Public Health
  • Robert Glennon, the Regents' Professor and the Morris K. Udall Professor of Law and Public Policy at the University of Arizona's Rogers College of Law-Moral Stewardship of Our Most Precious Resource: Water
  • Dr. Hussein A. Amery, director of the Division of Humanities, Arts and Sciences at the Colorado School of Mines-The Water, Food and Energy Nexus in the Middle East: A Focus on Saudi Arabia
  • Bishop Mario Clemente Neto, C.S.Sp., who has lived in the Brazilian Amazonian region for nearly 40 years-Living the Preservation of Nature in the Amazon
  • Dr. Rachel Hart Winter, director of the Siena Center at Dominican University, River Forest, Ill.-Our Parched Earth: A Catholic Ecofeminist Response to the Global Water Crisis
  • Dr. Richard Piacentini, executive director of Pittsburgh's Phipps Conservatory-Exploring Sustainable Water Conservation Strategies in a Living Building.

For more information, including the full conference schedule and to register, visit the conference website, call 412.396.4504 or

Duquesne University

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