Pere Costa Batllori, academician emeritus of the Royal European Academy of Doctors-Barcelona 1914 (RAED), participates in the book “L’any de l’aigua a les acadèmies catalanes” (The year of water in the Catalan Academies), edited by the Interacademic Council of Catalonia, with the work “L’aigua a l’origen i el manteniment de la vida” (Water at the origin and maintenance of life). The work, presented during the inauguration of the academic year of the Catalan Academies on 14 January, includes the studies carried out by the different institutions grouped in this body for the multidisciplinary cycle that they dedicated to water management during the 2015-2016 academic year and it’s the result of joint academic work in which RAED has been strongly involved.
The opening session and presentation of the book was held at the headquarters of the Royal Academy of Pharmacy of Catalonia, coinciding with the opening of its own academic course, and was chaired by the Minister of Justice of the Catalan Government, Ester Capella, and the own president of the Academy of Pharmacy, Josep Maria Ventura, who delivered the inaugural speech “L’Acadèmia de Farmàcia de Catalunya: ahir i avui” (The Academy of Pharmacy of Catalonia: yesterday and today). RAED was represented by its vice-president and full academician Maria Àngels Calvo.
In his study, Costa Batllori warns of the challenges faced by Humanity on the management of water suitable for human and animal consumption and the maintenance of the current crop model without, at the moment, having taken concrete measures to combat its growing scarcity. “Since 1950, the world’s water consumption has tripled -the academician says-. We have overexploited the available resources. The waste of available water is increasing. The desert surface of the planet increases. The perpetual snows of the great peaks disappear. The surface of the mangroves is reduced. Polar ice masses are minimized and the North Pole becomes navigable. The media have long echoed the problem, but we don’t act”.
The session culminated with the performance of the Choir of the Faculty of Pharmacy and Food Sciences of the University of Barcelona and the closing words of Capella, in which he thanked the academies for their involvement with society and urged them to continue with that tireless and disinterested scientific and dissemination work.