Populations Of 17 Nations Experience Extreme Water Stress, Report Says

CNN: A quarter of world’s population are living with extreme water stress
“A quarter of the world’s population is living in regions of extremely high water stress — with ‘once unthinkable’ water crises becoming common, researchers have said. With the climate crisis biting, 17 countries — home to one in four people on the planet — are deemed to be ‘extremely high water-stressed,’ meaning they are now consuming more than 80% of their available water every year, the World Resources Institute (WRI) has revealed in a report. And the growing shortages are fueling the risk of conflict in such countries, concentrated in the Middle East and North Africa, the researchers say…” (Woodyatt, 8/6).

Additional coverage of the WRI report is available from BBC News, Bloomberg, The Guardian, and New York Times.