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1/8/2013 6:28:00 PM
'Will We Have Enough Water? Adapting to a Warmer, Water-Stressed World'
National Geographic Freshwater Fellow Sandra Postel to deliver lecture Feb. 12 in St. Paul.

Sandra Postel, an expert on threats facing water resources around the world and a powerful advocate for dealing with those threats now, will deliver a free, public lecture in St. Paul on Feb. 12.

Postel is the author of three important books on water and a leader in the National Geographic Society's drive to protect water.

Her lecture, titled "Will We Have Enough Water? Adapting to a Warming, Water-Stressed World," is sponsored by the Freshwater Society and the University of Minnesota's College of Biological Sciences. The Mosaic Company Foundation is providing support for her talk.

Postel's presentation will be the 10th lecture on water and the environment in a speaker series that honors the late Malcolm Moos, a former university president.

The lecture will be at 7 p.m. Tuesday, Feb.12, in the Student Center theater on the University of Minnesota's St. Paul campus. Learn more and register to attend at

Postel's talk will look at areas of the world where water supplies already are endangered, explore the additional stress that global warming and a world population expected to reach 9 billion people by 2050 will create and suggest what citizens and policy-makers should do now to avert widespread shortages.

In a statement on the web site of the Global Water Policy Project, which she founded, Postel describes much current reaction to climate change:

"At this moment, we as a society are like the frog that chooses to stay in a warming pot of water as the heat is gradually turned up-unable to grasp the dire consequences of incremental change.

"Inch by inch, the water tables drop. Mile by mile, the rivers run dry. The trends are not good. Yet we stay the course, refusing to recognize that, for safety's sake-for survival itself-a big change is necessary."

Postel is a National Geographic Society Freshwater Fellow, one of 20 experts in conservation, the sciences and other fields who advise National Geographic.

She is the author or co-author of three books on water, most notably Last Oasis: Facing Water Scarcity. She also wrote Pillar of Sand: Can the Irrigation Miracle Last? She was a co-author of Rivers for Life: Managing Water for People and Nature.

About the Freshwater Society

The Freshwater Society is a non-profit organization dedicated to educating and inspiring people to value, conserve and protect water resources. Located in Excelsior, Minn., it has a long history of association with the University of Minnesota. Learn more at

About the University of Minnesota College of Biological Sciences

The College of Biological Sciences provides education and conducts research in all areas of biology, from molecules to ecosystems, supporting applications in medicine, renewable energy, ecosystem management, agriculture and biotechnology. Learn more at

About The Mosaic Company

The Mosaic Company (NYSE: MOS) is the world's leading producer and marketer of concentrated phosphate and potash. Driven by its mission to help the world grow the food it needs, Mosaic is committed to strengthening global food security and protecting critical water resources. The Mosaic Company and The Mosaic Company Foundation make investments in and partner with best-of-class leaders in the focus areas of food, water and local community investments. For more information on The Mosaic Company and The Mosaic Company Foundation, visit

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