The "Water in the Anthropocene" conference (21-24 May 2013) opened in Bonn, Germany today. The conference explores governance and scientific challenges in understanding the indicators, thresholds and uncertainties of the global water system. I was selected to present a paper on "Farmer Perceptions of Water scarcity" using a case study from north-west India but couldn't go because of an interesting Summer School at the STEPS Centre at the University of Sussex!
Below is an introductory video about water in the age of the anthropocene. The anthropocene is conceptualised as an epoch where human beings are seen as the chief agent of change in the planet. It is not a formally recognised geological epoch, but is a useful term to describe the unprecedented change brought about by human agents.