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A Warming World Means Less Water, With Economic Consequences

By Laura Tuck Photo by Noor Khamis/Reuters

India is currently facing its worst water crisis in years, with an estimated 330 million people – one-quarter of its population – affected by severe drought. Ethiopia is also dealing with its worst drought in decades, which has already contributed to the failure of many crops, creating food shortages that now affect around a tenth of the population. Under such circumstances, the risk of tension over resources is high.


Global water shortages to deliver ‘severe hit’ to economies, World Bank warns

By Suzanne Goldenberg Photo by Feisal Omar/Reuters

Water shortages will deliver a “severe hit” to the economies of the Middle East, central Asia, and Africa by the middle of the century, taking double digits off their GDP, the World Bank warned on Tuesday.