Wednesday, May 22, 2013

World on course to run out of water, warns Ban Ki-moon

John Parnell in the Guardian Environment Network via RTCC: Ban Ki-moon has warned the world is on course to run out of freshwater unless greater efforts are made to improve water security.

Speaking on the UN's International Day of Biological Diversity, Ban said there was a "mutually reinforcing" relationship between biodiversity and water that should be harnessed.

"We live in an increasingly water insecure world where demand often outstrips supply and where water quality often fails to meet minimum standards. Under current trends, future demands for water will not be met," Ban said.

Water, food, energy and climate are all linked. Most forms of energy generation require water, variable weather is making agriculture harder while extreme weather events are hindering natural water storage.

Ban believes there is an opportunity to address these challenges as the Millennium Development Goals are replaced with a new set of objectives….

Lake Vianden, a reservoir in Belgium, shot by Vincent de Groot -, Wikimedia Commons, under the Creative Commons Attribution-Share Alike 3.0 Unported license

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