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Climate Change, Population Increase Fuel Looming Water Crisis – World Meteorological Organization

(UN News)* — Improved water management, monitoring and forecasting are needed in the face of a looming global water crisis, the UN World Meteorological Organization (WMO) and partners said in a report published on Tuesday 5 October 2021.

© UNICEF/Saleh Hayyan | One in three people around the world has been exposed to major water stress according to the WMO.
The warning comes as floods, droughts and other water-related hazards increase due to climate change, while the number of people experiencing “water stress” continues to rise amid population growth and dwindling availability.

Water Scarcity: Coming Soon

Human Wrongs Watch

HAMILTON, Ontario, Canada, Jul 29 2021 (IPS)* – In 1995, a highly-respected water expert in South Africa, Bill Pitman, in very concise terms illustrated that the country, already battling a growing lack of water then, would likely run out in 25 years if it did not increase its supply.


Credit: UNICEF

Twenty-five years have now passed and the country is thirstier than ever.

The recent water crisis in Cape Town is just one manifestation of the nation’s chronic water scarcity. And there is likely more water trouble ahead.

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Lebanon: Water Supply Systems on the Verge of Collapse –  Over 71% of People at Immediate Risk Losing Access to Water

Human Wrongs Watch

BEIRUT, 23 July 2021 (UNICEF)* More than four million people, including one million refugees, are at immediate risk of losing access to safe water in Lebanon.

Mother Kanouz holding her one-year old daughter Fatima to wash her hands at Mhamara informal settlement, 5 July 2021
UNICEF/UN0482539/Mother Kanouz holding her one-year old daughter Fatima to wash her hands at Mhamara informal settlement, 5 July 2021

With the rapidly escalating economic crisis, shortages of funding, fuel and supplies such as chlorine and spare parts, UNICEF estimates that most water pumping will gradually cease across the country in the next four to six weeks.

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Water-Related Hazards Dominate List of 10 Most Destructive Disasters – World Meteorological Organization


South Sudan 10 Year Anniversary: ‘Violence Destroyed My Hometown, My Shop… and Now There Is No Water’

Human Wrongs Watch

By Marwa Awad*

Picking up the pieces is sadly routine for people such as Roda whose teashop was destroyed by fighting — the World Food Programme is at hand but requires urgent funds to assist

“If only the fighting would stop!”Koli’s wish for peace as her country marks 10 years of independence is shared by many across South Sudan
Roda’s teashop was a hub of the local community before it was levelled. Photo: WFP/Marwa Awad

With her bare hands, Roda clears debris and forages scraps from her wrecked teashop after attackers scorched Gumuruk, a town in the Greater Jonglei region where conflict frequently disrupts daily life and stifles progress.

The 36-year-old mother of six is just one of countless South Sudanese stuck in a tiring cycle of destruction and rebuilding.

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‘Billions of People Will Lack Access to Safe Water, Sanitation and Hygiene in 2030 Unless Progress Quadruples’

Latest estimates reveal that 3 in 10 people worldwide could not wash their hands with soap and water at home during the COVID-19 pandemic.

A mother and her children wash their hands outside their home using a bucket, water, and soap.

GENEVA/NEW YORK, 1 July 2021 (UNICEF)* – Billions of people around the world will be unable to access safely managed household drinking water, sanitation and hygiene services in 2030 unless the rate of progress quadruples, according to a new report from WHO and UNICEF.

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‘The Global Climate Crisis Is Exacerbating and Intensifying Water-Related Disasters, Jeopardizing Lives and Livelihoods’

Human Wrongs Watch

(UN News)* — The global climate crisis is “exacerbating and intensifying” water-related disasters, jeopardizing lives and livelihoods, the UN chief on 25 June 2021 said at a major sustainable development symposium.

© UNICEF/Karel Prinsloo | A child stands near a water pump surrounded by floodwaters in Gatumba, located near Bujumbura in Burundi.
“For decades, natural disasters, [which] have been one of the major causes of worsening poverty, forcing some 26 million people into poverty each year and reversing developmental gains… are almost always connected to water, whether through floods, storms, droughts, tsunamis or landslides”, Secretary-General António Guterres told the Fifth UN Special Thematic Session on Water and Disasters. 

World Now Likely to Hit Watershed 1.5 °C Rise in Next Five Years


There is a 90% likelihood of at least one year between 2021-2025 becoming the warmest on record, which would dislodge 2016 from the top ranking, according to the Global Annual to Decadal Climate Update, produced by the United Kingdom’s Met Office, the WMO lead centre for such predictions.

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Lack of Clean Water ‘Far Deadlier’ than Violence in War-Torn Countries – UNICEF

Human Wrongs Watch

(UN News)* — Attacks on water and sanitation facilities in conflict zones around the world are putting the lives of millions of children around the world in danger, and are a much greater threat than violence itself, warns the UN Children’s agency, UNICEF, in a report released on 25 May 2021.


© UNICEF/Khaled Akacha | A young girl collects water from a tanker truck in an IDP camp in northwest Syria.

Water Under Fire Volume 3, highlights that children’s access to water has been threatened in nearly every conflict-related emergency where UNICEF is responding.

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Water and Life

Human Wrongs Watch

By John Scales Avery*

26 April 2021 (Wall Street International)* — In its home page on World Water Day the United Nations points out the following facts:

The Colorado River is reduced to a trickle when it reaches the Pacific
The Colorado River is reduced to a trickle when it reaches the Pacific | Image from Wall Street International.
  • today, 1 in 3 people live without safe drinking water;
  • by 2050, up to 5.7 billion people could be living in areas where water is scarce for at least one month a year;
  • climate-resilient water supply and sanitation could save the lives of more than 360,000 infants every year;
  • if we limit global warming to 1.5 degrees C above pre-industrial levels, we could cut climate-induced water stress by up to 50%;
  • extreme weather has caused more than 90% of major disasters over the last decade;
  • by 2040, global energy demand is projected to increase by over 25% and water demand is expected to increase by more than 50%.

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