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Dubai Ruler Offers Reward

A prize will be awarded to the researcher who develops a cost-effective and sustainable solution to global water shortages.


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An international leader hopes that green will generate blue… on this CurrentCast.

For one research institute, water could become liquid gold. That’s thanks to Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, the ruler of Dubai and Vice-President of the United Arab Emirates.

In July, 2014, Al Maktoum announced a one-million-dollar international prize for researchers who find a cost-effective, sustainable way to address worldwide water shortages and pollution. Per the contest rules, the solution must use solar energy to desalinate and purify the water.

According to the World Health Organization, more than 700 million people lack access to clean water. So even though a million dollars is a big prize for a single research institute, the rewards for the rest of the world would be infinitely greater.

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