Worldwide water shortages by 2080
Half of the world's population could face a severe shortage to water by 2080, all due to climate change, experts warned today.
Wong Poh Poh, a professor at the National University of Singapore, told a regional conference that global warming was disrupting water flow patterns and increasing the severity of floods, droughts and storms — all of which reduce the availability of drinking water.
Wong said the U.N. Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change found that as many as 2 billion people won't have sufficient access to clean water by 2050. That figure is expected to rise to 3.2 billion by 2080 — nearly tripling the number who now do without it.
Reduced access to water that can be used for drinking, bathing, or cooking means many villages in poor countries will have to look elsewhere for water and could contract more disease due to contaminated drinking water.
At the beginning of 2000, it was estimated that about 1.1 billion did not have access to clean drinking water.
Asia is the most vunerable region, especially India and China.
These countries want the Kyoto Protocol to be embraced before it is too late to protect and expand water resources.
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