UN agency warns that 5 billion people could suffer from water scarcity by 2050

On October 6, 2021, the World Meteorological Organization (WMO) , a specialized agency of the United Nations, published a report summarizing climate change. Among them, the number of people with insufficient access to water will increase, reaching 5 billion by 2050. He warned that we should look at the dangers of climate change, such as droughts and floods.

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According to the WMO, in the 20 years since 2000, the total amount of water stored in land, such as soil moisture, snow, and ice, has been declining at a rate of 1 cm per year, causing water shortages and reduced water safety in many areas. It is said that it is causing. Flood-related disasters have increased by 134% and droughts have increased by 29% over the last two decades, and the WMO states that 'warning systems for these disasters need to be installed in end areas.'

As of 2018, the number of people who reached 30 days a year with insufficient water was estimated to be 3.6 billion, but WMO said, `` This number will increase to more than 5 billion by 2050. I expect. WMO is trying to provide sanitary and sustainable domestic water to people all over the world, but it has not reached the target in 75 countries and achieves the original target of 'achievement by 2030'. In order to do so, it is necessary to quadruple the progress rate as of 2021.

'Water scarcity continues to be a major concern for many countries, especially Africa. More than 2 billion people live in water scarcity areas and have access to safe drinking water and sanitation,' said WMO Executive Secretary Petteri Tarras. I am suffering from a lack of access to the water, '' I need to wake up to the impending water crisis. '

Through its report, the WMO informed countries that measures as of 2021 are inadequate and that they are calling for improved water management, integration of water and climate policies and increased investment. There is a need to strengthen climate management for this purpose. '

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