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Five billion could struggle to access water in 2050: UN

October 6, 2021 - More than five billion people could have difficulty accessing water in 2050, the United Nations warned. "The State of Climate Services 2021: Water" report comes just weeks before COP26 summit.

Already in 2018, 3.6 billion people had inadequate access to water for at least one month per year, according to a new report from the UN’s World Meteorological Organisation.

The WMO said that over the last 20 years, the levels of water stored on land – on the surface, in the subsurface, in snow and ice – had dropped at a rate of one centimetre per year.

The agency said there were major ramifications for water security, as only 0.5 percent of water on Earth is useable and available fresh water.

PUBLISHED: 06/10/2021; STORY: Graphic News