WATER SHORTAGE … A GLOBAL PROBLEM

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WATER SHORTAGE … A GLOBAL PROBLEM

 user 2006-08-16 at 11:43:00 am Views: 63
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    Water shortage ‘a global problem’
    A
    report from the World Wide Fund for Nature (WWF) warns that rich
    countries face increasing water shortages.A combination of climate
    change and poor resource management is leading to water shortages in
    even the most developed countries, it says.It urges water conservation
    on a global scale and asks rich states to set an example by repairing
    ageing water infrastructure and tackling pollution.The report was
    released in Geneva just ahead of World Water Week.The WWF says economic
    wealth does not automatically mean plenty of water.Its report reveals
    that some of the world’s wealthiest cities – such as Houston or Sydney
    - are using more water than can be replenished.In London leaks from
    ageing water mains are wasting 300 Olympic swimming pools’ worth of
    water every single day, the WWF says.Meanwhile southern Europe is
    becoming drier as a result of climate change and further north Alpine
    glaciers – a significant source of water – are shrinking

    Knock-on effect
    What
    is more, the report argues, wealthy countries continue to use up the
    water of the developing world.The production of clothing, fruit,
    vegetables and even jewellery all need water. And the demand for cheap
    produce often encourages wasteful use of scarce water resources.The WWF
    is also calling on wealthy countries to encourage more international
    co-operation over water because this is the one element no-one can do
    without.And while money may be no protection against climate change, it
    can at least be invested in preserving the existing fresh water
    supplies.