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The Threat of a Global Water Shortage

US the global water footprint US Infrastructure INFRASTRUCTURE The 'water footprint'of a country is defined as the volume of water needed for the production of goods and services consumed by the inhabitants of the country. amount of freshwater available Water footprint per capita, m' per year 600-1000 1000-1200 1200-1300 readily available freshwater 1,240 global average global average water footprint is around freshwater stored in icecaps 1300-1500 1500-1800 1,240 saltwater 1800-2100 m3 per year per person 2100-2500 countries most dependent on water imports * 70% Bahrain of existing freshwater is withdrawn for irrigation in agriculture Belgium Netherlands 80% 80% Kuwait Malta 82% 87% 87% the highest water footprints per capita highest renewable water resources brazil russia usa china indonesia 2,483 m' per year 2,389 2,344 2,322 m per year 2,223 m per year m' per year m per year united states greece malaysia italy thailand 19% 35% 28% 51% 8% import dependency import dependency import dependency import dependency import dependency water footprint of different foods More than 2.8 billion people in 48 countries will face water stress or scarcity conditions by 2025. By the middle of the century, this will have reached almost 7 billion. 24,000 litres 15,500 litres 4,400 litres 1,500 litres 140 litres 1kg of chocolate 1kg of beef 1kg of olives 1kg of sugar 1 cup of coffee Source: and WWF 8,233 Gm / year 4,507 Gm³ / year 3,069 Gm /year 2,896 Gm³ / year 838 Gm' / year

The Threat of a Global Water Shortage

shared by rmmojado on Jan 24
As argued for some time by the WWF global pressure on freshwater resources is increasing, mainly through changes in global population and income levels, which have led to an increase in demand for wat...


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