5 Billion People Will Face Water Shortages by 2050, U.N. SaysThe World Meteorological Organization warns that climate-related shortages in water...5 Billion People Will Face Water Shortages by 2050, U.N. Says
The World Meteorological Organization warns that climate-related shortages in water resources could affect two thirds of the world’s population by midcentury and will be felt unevenly
Five billion people, or around two-thirds of the world’s population, will face at least one month of water shortages by 2050, according to the first in a series of United Nations reports on how climate change is affecting the world’s water resources.
The assessment from the World Meteorological Organization, released Tuesday, includes projections about river flows, floods and droughts on every continent. It offered a mixed bag of findings, but warned that water security would become increasingly uneven across the world. Some places, such as Brazil’s Rio São Francisco basin, face a challenging future; others, including the Great Lakes region of the United States, are in better shape.