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WHAT'S NEXT?: Global demand for fresh water is expected to outpace sustainable supply by 40% in 2030. Global water demand will climb in tandem with population and economic growth. At least two-thirds of the world's population will face 'water stress' by 2025 and the number of people affected by floods could increase by a factor of three by 2100 bring significant risk of unrest and conflict. The UN Security Council will have to declare water a strategic resource of humanity and adopt a resolution to protect water resources and installations. Organizations will be expected to play their part in conserving water.

  • [New] As water becomes scarcer, there is a risk of conflict between countries that share water resources, particularly in regions such as the Middle East and North Africa. Transport Times
  • [New] Since most of the countries in Africa rely on Agriculture supported by rainfall, they are especially vulnerable to dangers brought on by climate change, such as floods and droughts. Science Direct
  • [New] Australia's energy transition will require access to large areas of land, waters and seas, including for thousands of kilometers of new transmission lines and access to critical minerals. reneweconomy
  • [New] Land-based glaciers in Greenland are a major contributor to global sea-level rise and as global temperatures warm, more ice is expected to melt into the oceans. Phys Org
  • [New] EL PRAT DE LLOBREGAT, Spain - Where once the population of Barcelona drank mostly from its rivers and wells, Spain's second city now relies upon a labyrinth-like mesh of green, blue and purple pipes inside an industrial plant to keep it from going thirsty amid a prolonged drought. ABC News
  • [New] Global water demand is expected to increase between 20-30% above the current level of water use by 2050, which will further increase stress levels as the effects of climate change intensify. Business & Financial Times
  • [New] COP 28 will be a platform for Middle Eastern countries to work with the global community to create a scalable model for water secure nations. Zawya
  • [New] Climate change-driven shifts in the circulation of waters to the deepest reaches of the ocean around Antarctica, which could reverberate across the planet and intensify global warming, are happening decades ahead of schedule.
  • [New] The El Nino phenomenon in the Pacific Ocean is expected and it boosts global temperatures temporarily in years when it occurs. Transport Times
  • [New] Plastic pollution is one of the biggest environmental threats facing the world, with at least 14 million tonnes of plastic ending up in the ocean every year and worldwide production set to double by 2040 without a major intervention. The Sydney Morning Herald
  • [New] Human-induced climate change and the looming El Nino phenomenon - a natural climate event that leads to a drier monsoon season - will likely push global temperatures into uncharted territory and have far-reaching repercussions for health, food security, water management and the environment. The Christian Science Monitor
  • [New] Level of warming rapidly increases the odds of massive, widespread droughts that could wipe out food production in key global crop areas at the same time, as well as severe water shortages and fierce heat waves that would displace millions of people. Inside Climate News
  • [New] Angola can create more jobs, trade opportunities, boost food security, improve livelihoods and reduce poverty by tapping more into the blue economy - the sustainable use of ocean resources for economic growth. UNCTAD
  • [New] Fighting in Sudan has left hundreds of thousands of Khartoum residents without running water, with some forced to risk their lives and seek it out during brief lulls in violence. News24
  • [New] The very high temperatures recorded across Asia have prompted fears about a possible drought conditions, as well as causing disruption to education. The Guardian
  • [New] Last year, the Inflation Reduction Act created a hydrogen production tax credit (PTC) that could provide up to $ 3/kg for the cleanest form of hydrogen production (i.e., hydrogen produced from water and zero-emission electricity). Center for Climate and Energy Solutions
  • [New] In Senegal, the Access to Safe Water and Sanitation Services to build Sustainable Resilience in Disadvantaged Areas will reach 1.45 million people, out of which 51% are women who will benefit from improved access to drinking water and sanitation. African Development Bank - Building today, a better Afr
  • Ukraine's government has repeatedly warned of the risk that Russia will blow up a major hydroelectric dam on the Dnipro River to release water from the Kakhovka Reservoir. The New York Times
  • Details remain elusive on a new proposal to protect the Colorado River from collapse, but an agreement among the three Colorado River Lower Basin states promises to save at least 3 million acre feet of water between now and the end of 2026. Farm Progress
  • The burgeoning aquaculture industry, widely hailed by conservationists as the best hope for halting ocean depletion, is polluting waters, decimating fish stocks and threatening the lives of millions of people around the world. The Limited Times

Last updated: 03 June 2023