The world will face a severe water crisis in less than 30 years if it does not reduce water-intensive electricity production, which will cause widespread drought, new research says.
Unless countries take swift action, the completing demands of drinking water and energy demand will cause acute water shortages in many areas of the world, according to researchers from Denmark’s Aarhus University, the Vermont Law School and the US Center for Naval Analyses.
Over the past hundred years, the world’s population has increased three times but there has been a sixfold increase in water consumption. If present trends continue there could be a 40 percent gap between water supply and demand by 2030. The effects of increasing water consumption will be made even worse by climate change.
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