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Global water crisis looms larger

In Uncategorized on September 3, 2006 at 6:08 pm
  • 13:00 21 August 2006
  • NewScientist.com news service
  • Andy Coghlan
  • One-third of the world’s population is short of water – a situation we were not predicted to arrive at until 2025 – according to a disturbing new report on the state of the world’s water supplies. Squeezing more out of every raindrop that falls on poverty-stricken regions of Africa and Asia is key to the survival of the world’s poorest and most malnourished people, researchers say. The report by the International Water Management Institute in Colombo, Sri Lanka, was released on Monday in Stockholm at the start of World Water Week. It paints a bleak picture of global access to fresh water and warns that the world cannot carry on complacently using water as if it will never run out. “Business as usual is not an option,” says David Molden of the institute, and coordinator of the report, called Insights from the Comprehensive Assessment of Water Management in Agriculture. It concludes that one-third of the world’s population now suffers water scarcity, a situation that has materialised 20 years sooner than predicted by an assessment five years ago.

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