4 billion at risk with falling global water table

Andea Germanos
Common Dreams

A new analysis reveals that global water scarcity is a far greater problem than previously thought, affecting 4 billion people—two-thirds of the world’s population—and will be “one of the most difficult and important challenges of this century.”

“Water scarcity has become a global problem affecting us all,” stated study co-author Arjen Hoekstra in the Netherlands. The study found that almost half of the 4 billion affected by severe water scarcity for a month or more are in India and China. Millions of others affected live in Bangladesh, Nigeria, Pakistan, and Mexico.

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