Reports Examine Problem Of Water Scarcity; World Day Focuses On Water’s Link To Jobs, Economic Growth

News outlets report on World Water Day, recognized annually on March 22.

Deutsche Welle: A world with less water
“…Scarcity of water all over the world is becoming an increasing problem. And it’s only going to get worse, said Richard Connor, editor-in-chief of the United Nation’s World Water Development Report 2016 (WWDR), released this week…” (Osborne, 3/22).

The Guardian: Papua New Guinea has world’s worst access to clean water, says WaterAid
“…A report on the state of the world’s water showed Equatorial Guinea, Angola, Chad, and Mozambique joining Papua New Guinea in the bottom five of a table ranking countries according to the percentage of households with access to clean water. Globally, 650 million people are living without an ‘improved’ source of drinking water, which includes public taps, protected wells, rainwater, or water piped into households…” (Kweifio-Okai, 3/21).

Inter Press Service: Water Crisis in Zimbabwe
“…The El Niño phenomenon is caused by warming in the Pacific Ocean and according to experts this results in a 70 percent chance of a drought in Zimbabwe. This year’s El Niño condition has been severe, resulting in crippling drought in many countries in the Southern African region…” (Mambondiyani, 3/22).

Thomson Reuters Foundation: No water, no jobs: How water shortages threaten jobs and growth
“An estimated three out of four jobs globally are dependent on water, meaning that shortages and lack of access are likely to limit economic growth in the coming decades, the United Nations said on Tuesday. About 1.5 billion people — half the world’s workers — are employed in industries heavily dependent on water, most of them in farming, fisheries, and forestry, the U.N. World Water Development Report 2016 said…” (Zweynert, 3/22).

U.N. News Centre: #Climatechain: U.N. to launch campaign illustrating water-environment-climate change link
“As the global community marked World Water Day during a special event at United Nations Headquarters, the U.N. Children’s Fund reported that rapidly changing weather conditions are limiting access to safe drinking water for millions, and announced the launch of a new campaign on the link between water, the environment, and climate change…” (3/21).