Thanks to Fred Stanback for this article.
The World Economic Forum (WEF) issued a report (pdf file) warning that in less than 20 years the world may face a water bankruptcy of fresh water shortages so huge and pervasive that “global food production could crater” as the world could “lose the equivalent of the entire grain production of the US and India combined.” The report warns that half of our global population will be affected by water shortages, millions will die, and water wars will increase over shrinking supplies. The gravity of the water crisis is exacerbated by the interrelationship between water and economic growth, political stability, health, food, alternative energy, climate change, human rights and life itself.
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