Beijing Water

China and India warned their water is running out

Randeep Ramesh, The Guardian
January 23, 2007

The world is running out of water and needs a radical plan to tackle shortages that threaten humanity’s ability to feed itself, according to Jeffrey Sachs, director of the UN’s Millennium Project. Professor Sachs, the renowned American economist who is credited with prompting pop star Bono’s crusade for African development, told an environment conference in Delhi that the world had “no more rivers to take water from”. India and China were facing severe water shortages and neither could use the same strategies for raising food output which has fed millions in recent times. “In 2050 we will have 9 billion people and average income will be four times what it is today,” he said. “India and China have been able to feed their populations because they use water in an unsustainable way. That is no longer possible.” … Read the full story.

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