A warning about an oceanic problem
Bad news: By 2050, 7 billion people in 60 countries may face water scarcity . Climate change is expected to contribute 20 per cent of the increasing scarcity globally
Every day, 2 million tons of waste is poured into water, while 1 litre of waste water pollutes 8 litres of freshwater!
Daily death from diarrhoeal disease has reached 6000 ! Asian rivers contain 3 times more bacteria from human waste than the global average
There is a severe inequity in water distribution. A child in a developed country consumes 30 to 50 times more water than one in a developing country. Residents of Gaza Strip get only 52 m3 per person per year
The poor pay more for water. In Delhi, poor people pay us $4.89/m3 to vendors, while richer households with municipal connections pay only us $0.01 for the same water
Irrigation accounts for 70 per cent of total water withdrawal. Food security is the prime concern. By 2030, another 45 million hectares will be irrigated in the developing countries, increasing water demand by 14 per cent
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