The water crisis, and scary consequences of water scarcity
Warming seas will bring extreme weather events and rainfall variability, according to a new report from the World Bank Group.
The worlds driest regions will get dryer: Europe, South America, Africa and especially Asia. About 1.6 billion people—almost a quarter of humanity—live in countries with physical water scarcity, and in just two decades this number may double.
“Rainfall is projected to become more variable and less predictable, while warmer seas will fuel more violent floods and storm surges.”
Demand for water will rise with growing populations and expanding cities. Water underpins the all forms of industry from the production of energy, manufacture and agriculture. When water is scarce, businesses shut down and jobs disappear. We need to recognise the interlinkages between water for food, energy, cities, and the environment through an “expanded water nexus,” which acknowledges that the fortunes of these sectors are tied through a common dependence on water.
“Jobs need water.”
History shows us that water scarcity brings conflict and migration. The costs of inaction are high, and the prudent stewardship of water resources will pay large dividends.
You can’t control how much rain falls, but you can control how it gets used. Infrastructure is required to channel, recycle and store water. We need to build resilience to overcome droughts and downpours.
Jerry sells sustainable, steel water bottles to fund clean water projects around the world.