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Water Shortages to Impact Over 30% of the World's Population

  • A study by the World Resources Institute suggests over 50 countries will experience high to extremely high water stress by 2050.
  • Water scarcity is expected to be most severe in the Middle East, North Africa, and parts of Southern Europe.
  • The report highlights the need for sustainable water management practices to address the growing global water crisis.

Water is not only the basis of life for animals and plants, but is also likely to become a contested resource in parts of the world in the coming decades. According to UN figures, global water stress, i.e. the proportion of water withdrawn for use in industry, agriculture or private households in relation to available water, was manageable at 18.2% in 2020. In 2022, however, 2.4 billion people were living in areas that are exposed to extreme water stress in some cases.

It is not possible to determine exactly how high this will be by 2050 due to numerous factors such as the global population or economic and political developments in emerging and transition countries. This is why scientists are currently working with scenarios instead of more precise estimates. However, it is certain that the demand for water will increase steadily and that many countries are already consuming more than they have available.

As Statista's Martin Armstrong shows in the infographic below, based on projections by the World Resources Institute (WRI) , 51 of the 164 countries and territories analyzed are expected to suffer from high to extremely high water stress by 2050, which corresponds to 31 percent of the population.

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According to WRI, the scenario used corresponds to a "business as usual" future with temperature increases of between 2.8 and 4.6 degrees Celsius by 2100 and a world that remains unequal. In addition to the entire Arabian Peninsula, Iran and India, most North African countries such as Algeria, Egypt and Libya are among the countries that are expected to consume at least 80 percent of the available water by 2050.

However, the phenomenon of water scarcity is not limited to emerging countries. Southern European countries such as Portugal, Spain and Italy are also reportedly already under high water stress, and the situation in Spain is set to worsen significantly by 2050. For France and Poland, the WRI experts assume medium to high water stress, which corresponds to a consumption rate of 20 to 40 percent of available resources.

By Zerohedge.com


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  • Mamdouh Salameh on March 28 2024 said:
    Before the environmental lobby and proponents of climate change rush to attribute the projection of extreme water scarcity in the Middle East, North Africa, and parts of Southern Europe exclusively to climate change, shortages of water and droughts have been a feature of the Middle East and North Africa for hundreds of years. They are bound to worsen further by rising populations, industrialization, urbanization and agricultural expansion to feed growing population.

    The world is surrounded by sea water everywhere. So the answer to dealing with shortages is for the the world to come together under the banner of the United Nations to develop the cheapest and most capable water solar-powered desalination plants and help countries with the most water scarcity to install and use them.

    Ten years ago I made an identical proposal to that effect to the World Bank to preside over a global research effort to develop extremely cheap water desalinations technologies and provide it to needy countries.

    But fearing of the World Bank politicizing the whole venture at the behest of Western countries, I now suggest the UN to lead this effort.

    Dr Mamdouh G Salameh
    International Oil Economist
    Global Energy Expert
  • Dan Scott on March 28 2024 said:
    Now that the climate change gig is up and everyone if figuring out it is a fraud, this will be the next thing the global elites will try to control. They're coming after our food and water.

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