In a world rife with crises, it can be a forgotten problem. But water – and the lack of it – poses major challenges in the years ahead.
Water scarcity around the world is increasing faster than expected, as delegates will hear at a major conference in Sweden.
Kevin Noon, a professor of Meteorology from Stockholm University, said: “It is a chance for everyone to come together and look at the global picture of water and water distribution. And I think that what will come out, hopefully, will be an increased understanding of the big picture of what water issues are, all around the world.”
Representatives from 140 countries are set to take part in the meeting, with alarm bells ringing that global attitudes have to change. Billions in Asia and Africa already face shortages, say experts. Now there is a warning from environmental group WWF that rich countries will have to drastically change their policies to avoid the water crises already facing poorer nations.