4B People Worldwide Face Severe Water Scarcity For At Least 1 Month Annually, Study Shows
The Guardian: Four billion people face severe water scarcity, new research finds
“At least two-thirds of the global population, over four billion people, live with severe water scarcity for at least one month every year, according to a major new analysis…” (Carrington, 2/12).
Huffington Post: Global Water Shortage Risk Is Worse Than Scientists Thought
“…About 66 percent, which is four billion people, of the world’s population lives without sufficient access to fresh water for at least one month of the year, according to a new paper published Friday in the journal Science Advances…” (Bellware, 2/15).
Mother Jones: Worldwide Water Shortages Might Be Worse Than We Thought
“…Arjen Hoekstra, a professor at the University of Twente in the Netherlands and the study’s lead author, says better living standards and the expansion of agriculture are among the factors that have increased demand for water and caused resources to dry up across the globe. And during the hot months of the year when water is already scarce, people draw from rivers and groundwater, further threatening water sources and the people who rely on them…” (Rathod, 2/12).
New York Times: Two-Thirds of the World Faces Severe Water Shortages
“…Dr. Hoekstra and his colleague Mesfin M. Mekonnen designed a computer model to create what they say is a more accurate picture of water scarcity around the world. Severe water scarcity can lead to crop failure and low crop yields, which could cause food price increases as well as famine and widespread starvation…” (St. Fleur, 2/12).
Washington Post: Over half the world’s population suffers from ‘severe’ water scarcity, scientists say
“…Water demand is increasing across the globe as populations and agriculture expand, but the study says that there is enough total global water for all needs. However, the problem is that there isn’t always enough in every place where it is needed, when it is needed…” (Mooney, 2/12).
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