More than Half of the World’s Population will be Water Starved by 2050

January 15, 2014 / 1 Comment

If you have been hearing a lot on how water is becoming extinct, you need to know this. We are not running out of water soon. If you look at any map that shows the southern hemisphere centred on the South Pole, you will realize this.
But we may not be able to have access to fresh water where it is needed. MIT researchers say that by using a new modeling software to calculate the ability of global water resources, it looks like things are not right for half of the population.

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According to the researchers, 5 billion (52 percent) of the world’s projected 9.7 billion people may have to live in water-stressed areas by 2050.

They also expect about 1 billion more people to be living in areas where water demand exceeds surface-water supply. A large portion of these regions already face water stress — most notably India, Northern Africa and the Middle East.

Climate change is expected to play a part in this too, especially in developing countries. Adam Schlosser, Assistant Director of Science Research at Joint Program on Global Change says that the research highlights the substantial influence of socioeconomic growth on global water resources, which is worsened with climate change.

Developing nations will face the worst with rising water demands, almost 80 percent of this additional 1.8 billion living in developing countries are bound to face this problem.

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  • Annie Craven / January 15, 2014 at 3:00 pm

    Thanks for sharing this post. It’s crazy to think that we are going to have to ration water in the future, when the world is made up of mostly water. The human population is not doing a great job of keeping our waters clean. Now that this information is available, I hope a plan is in the works to prevent water-stress in the developing nations.

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