Based on a latest report, lower than three percent of the planet’s water is suitable for drinking, most of which is currently trapped in glaciers and ice caps. Christian Aid, a UK based charity combating global poverty, has warned that increasing populations and climate change have put a terrific deal of pressure on natural resources, particularly drinking water supplies.
The brand new report warns that major cities will begin to face the worst impacts of the climate crisis as more people begin to migrate to cities.
The charity’s chief, Patrick Watt, told Sky News that reports of individuals queuing for water within the Indian capital Latest Delhi, together with a water rationing plan within the Chilean capital Santiago, mean that is the moment to “[sound] the alarm”.
Nonetheless, he added that “there remains to be time to take motion”.
India is gripped by an unprecedented heatwave, with parts of Latest Delhi affected by intense 49C temperatures prior to now month.
Christian Aid’s research found that in the course of the twentieth century, global water use increased by greater than twice the expansion rate of the population.
The report also warned that countries could use water supply as a tool during conflicts, citing Ukraine’s diversion of water supply to Crimea after Russia annexed it in 2014.
The researchers noted that in water shortages, it is often essentially the most underprivileged populations that suffer essentially the most.
Nonetheless, they noted that “even in wealthy countries just like the UK the authorities are struggling to take care of the impact of the climate crisis”.
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The report found that even London is not secure from threats of water scarcity.
Mr Watts added that even within the UK, where heavy torrents of rain are frequent, “water scarcity is typically neglected” meaning that “it may grow to be an even bigger problem.”
England’s Environment Agency has previously issued a warning saying that water scarcity is a “ticking time bomb”.
Mr Watt continued: “If it’s bad for us here, it’s even worse for people closer to the equator.”