ABOUT 2 billion people in the world face an extreme lack of water, but they live in only 17 countries. They often have to worry whether their taps will run dry. The Aqueduct Water Risk Atlas, part of the World Resources Institute (WRI), recently ranked the water stress, drought risk and river flood risk around the world using methodology that other scientists have looked over.
In those 17 countries, 80 percent of their surface and groundwater is used for growing crops, in factories and in cities in an average year. Andrew Steer, CEO of WRI, said, “Water stress is the biggest crisis no one is talking about. Its consequences are in plain sight in the form of food insecurity, and financial instability.”
(This article is published on Goodies on 16 September 2019)