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Who will have enough water available in 2050 – and who will not

Water as a resource
Who will have enough water available in 2050 – and who will not

Who will have enough water available in 2050 – and who will not

Saturday, 6th April  2024.

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 According to UN figures, global water stress, i.e. the proportion of water withdrawn for use in industry, agriculture or private households in relation to available water, was manageable at 18.2 per cent in 2020.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

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Uwe Heitkamp (64)

trained TV journalist, book author and hobby botanist, father of two grown-up children, knows Portugal for 30 years, founder of ECO123. Translations: Dina Adão, John Elliot, Ruth Correia, Patrícia Lara, Kathleen Becker
Photos: Uwe Heitkamp

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