Recognizing World Water Day, Reports, Media Outlets Warn Water Inequality Increasing In Many Nations, Cities

The Guardian: More than 800m people need to travel 30 mins for safe water, report finds
“Water inequality is increasing in the world’s most environmentally stressed nations, warn the authors of a report that shows more than 800 million people need to travel and queue for at least 30 minutes to access safe supplies…” (Watts, 3/21).

National Geographic: From Not Enough to Too Much, the World’s Water Crisis Explained
“…Fourteen of the world’s 20 megacities are now experiencing water scarcity or drought conditions. As many as four billion people already live in regions that experience severe water stress for at least one month of the year, according to a 2016 study in the journal Science Advances. Nearly half of those people live in India and China. With populations rising, these stresses will only mount…” (Leahy, 3/22).

Quartz: In Europe, 14 people die each day from unsafe water, sanitation, and poor hygiene
“It’s World Water Day on Mar. 22, and the World Health Organization wants to remind Europe that many people in the region, classified as 53 countries, drink dirty water — and many people don’t even realize it. Consequently, it says over 5,000 people in Europe die each year from diarrheal disease due to inadequate water, sanitation, and hygiene…” (Brindad, 3/21).

U.N. News: Studying water scarcity trends, helping communities adapt can ease migration pressures, says U.N. agency
“Water scarcity and poor access to safe water sources pose major challenges for two-thirds of the world’s population, the United Nations food security agency said Tuesday, warning that worsening shortages could soon force people to leave their communities…” (3/20).

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