UN chief warns of serious clean water shortages by 2050
UNITED NATIONS - U.N. Secretary-General Antonio Guterres is warning that by 2050 the global demand for fresh water is projected to grow by more than 40 percent and at least a quarter of the world's population will live in countries with a "chronic or recurrent" lack of clean water.
Guterres told the U.N. Security Council on Tuesday that "strains on water access are already rising in all regions." He said the United Nations is ready to engage in preventive diplomacy to keep water from sparking conflicts.
Bolivian President Evo Morales, whose country holds the council presidency, said the planet is "in the throes of a water crisis that will only get worse over the coming decades."
Morales said that since 1947, there have been 37 conflicts between countries related to water.
Desktop NewsClick to open Continuous News in a sidebar that updates in real-time.
Political in-fighting at play in controversial development along Highland Road
LaDOTD pushing to install more flashing yellow turn signals statewide
Neighbors express concern over new development near Country Club of Louisiana
Teacher booked for rape amid claims that she gave birth to student's...
Community leaders hosting event to stress the importance of getting out and...