Our Water is Running Out
2.3 billion people live in water-stressed countries
72% of all water withdrawals are used by agriculture, and 12% by industries
450 million children live in areas of high or extremely high water vulnerability
700 million people could be displaced by intense water scarcity by 2030
According to the UNICEF, four billion people experience severe water scarcity for at least one month each year. Over two billion people live in countries where water supply is inadequate. Half of the world’s population could be living in areas facing water scarcity by as early as 2025. Some 700 million people could be displaced by intense water scarcity by 2030.
Water scarcity already affects every continent. Water use has been growing globally at more than twice the rate of population increase in the last century, and an increasing number of regions are reaching the limit at which water services can be sustainably delivered, especially in arid regions. More Info
Editorial: South Africa’s next big crisis is water
We’ve been warned for years that after Eskom, South Africa’s next crisis will be water and that it could be far worse than rolling power blackouts we’ve endured for about 14 years now... continue reading
"There will be no water by 2040 if we keep doing what we're doing today"
Agriculture and farming also need water. For example, does it take 24,000 liters of water to produce just 1 kilo of chocolate and more than 15,000 liters of water to produce 1 kilo of beef. The cotton for a t-shirt requires almost 3,000 liters of water.The demand for water for manufacturing is expected to increase by 400 percent by 2050... continue reading
China Is Running Out of Water and That’s Scary for Asia
The government has promoted rationing and improvements in water efficiency, but nothing sufficient to arrest the problem. This month, Chinese authorities announced that Guangzhou and Shenzhen — two major cities in the relatively water-rich Pearl River Delta — will face severe drought well into next year... Continue reading