25 Countries Face Extremely High Water Criss, Extreme Stress By 2050
A new report from the World Resources Institute (WRI) is warning that a quarter of the world’s population does not have enough water to meet their needs for drinking, agriculture, and industry. The report also predicts that this number will continue to rise in the future.
The Middle East and North Africa region is currently the most water-stressed region in the world, with every country in the region expected to face extreme water scarcity by 2050.
In the regions of Middle-East & North America, 83% of people are already living under extreme water stress, with over 80% of water supplies being used for irrigation, livestock, industry, and domestic needs.
The report highlights that even a short drought could lead to severe water shortages and governments may have to cut water supplies to residents.
The Gulf countries, including Bahrain, Kuwait, Oman, and Qatar, are among the most water-stressed nations. South Asia is the second most stressed region, with 74% of countries experiencing water stress.
The report emphasizes that poor and conflict-ravaged nations are the most at risk and have the least resources to address the problem. Sub-Saharan Africa is expected to experience the largest increase in water demand by 2050.
Water scarcity is a big problem around the world. It is caused by things like too many people, cities getting bigger, factories using a lot of water, climate change, and not using water efficiently. This is causing a lot of problems for people and the environment.
The report says that 25 countries, which is a quarter of the world’s population, are facing really high levels of water stress. This means they don’t have enough water for their needs.
In total, about 4 billion people, which is half of the world’s population, have water stress for at least one month every year. This could go up to almost 60% by 2050.
The report also says that by 2050, $70 trillion of the world’s money, which is 31% of the total, will be at risk because of water stress. This is a big increase from $15 trillion in 2010. Mexico, Egypt, and Turkey will be the most affected countries.
The report says that we need to take urgent action to solve this water crisis. There are solutions that can work and are not too expensive, but it’s important for leaders to commit to solving the problem and provide the necessary funds.