Extreme water stress affects a quarter of the world’s population, say experts

by Emily Holden and Vidhi Doshi, The Guardian, Tue 6 Aug 2019

Qatar, Israel and Lebanon top list of places with worst shortages, as climate crisis threatens

A quarter of the world’s population across 17 countries are living in regions of extremely high water stress, a measure of the level of competition over water resources, a new report reveals.

Experts at the World Resources Institute (WRI) warned that increasing water stress could lead to more “day zeroes” – a term that gained popularity in 2018 as Cape Town in South Africa came dangerously close to running out of water….

read more and follow links at The Guardian

map including the highest stress area (and potentially highest conflict between countries) areas, the Middle East and Northern Africa, from World Resources Institute:

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