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WHAT'S NEXT?: Global demand for fresh water is expected to outpace sustainable supply by 40% in 2030. Global water demand will climb in tandem with population and economic growth. At least two-thirds of the world's population will face 'water stress' by 2025 and the number of people affected by floods could increase by a factor of three by 2100 bring significant risk of unrest and conflict. The UN Security Council will have to declare water a strategic resource of humanity and adopt a resolution to protect water resources and installations. Organizations will be expected to play their part in conserving water.

  • [New] In southern Madagascar the worst drought in 40 years - combined with rising food prices, sandstorms, and pests affecting staple crops - is expected to push 28,000 people into famine-like conditions by the end of the year. / World Food Programme
  • [New] Biodiversity loss and pollution continue to threaten marine life and its habitats, and climate change poses enormous threats to the oceans and to the whole planet. / Environment
  • [New] Countries across southern Africa, including Zimbabwe, were suffering the worst drought in decades, while plagues of locusts in East Africa, the worst in 70 years, had devastated crops, exacerbating existing poverty and threatening food supplies. / DW.COM
  • [New] UNICEF warns that more than 70% of Lebanese are at immediate risk of losing access to safe water as public water systems collapse. / The Jerusalem Post
  • [New] China craves access to the Indian Ocean via the port of Kyaukphyu in western Myanmar's Rakhine State, which will enable its ships to avoid passing through the strategic and vulnerable Strait of Malacca. / The Irrawaddy
  • [New] Unless greenhouse gas emissions are reduced, scientists say, the massive floods, severe droughts and catastrophic ocean warming the world is experiencing now will only worsen, generating bigger fires, more violent storms, more severe flooding and more extinction. / The New York Times
  • [New] If reuse achieved a share of 10-20 per cent of global plastic sales, it could shift up to 13 million tonnes of plastic packaging towards the reuse each year, potentially preventing from 45-90 per cent of plastic waste which ends up in oceans each year. / Business Green
  • [New] Reusing just 10% of plastic products worldwide could halve the amount of plastic waste which ends up in the oceans each year. / Business Green
  • [New] To the south, central Brazil is suffering its worst drought 100 years, increasing the risk of fires and further deforestation in the Amazon rainforest. / DW.COM
  • [New] Increasing temperatures, flooding, drought, and hurricanes are affecting the quality and quantity of food production, and rising ocean temperatures are threatening the world's fisheries. / ascopost
  • [New] In other parts of the world - including Turkey, Northeastern Brazil, Texas, Kenya and parts of India - adapted cultivars are predicted to have little or no effect on yields, due to a reduction of available water for crops. / ScienceDaily
  • [New] All foul water discharge changes will be compliant within the capacity of the foul water treatment facilities available, and are unlikely to give rise to a significant effect on the SAC / SPA. /
  • [New] Just last month, a coalition of investors representing more than $17trn in combined assets signed up to support CDP's campaign to ensure that data on dangerous ESG risks such as climate change, deforestation and water usage are properly reported by companies. / //
  • [New] In Kenya, a map shows how waters are warming, putting local coral reefs and fishing and tourism at risk; globally, nearly half of the world's coral has died in the last three decades. / Fast Company
  • [New] Brazil has developed policies to guarantee food security and minimize food vulnerability, seeking to guarantee access to sustainable water and food. / Department of Economic and Social Affairs
  • [New] The Philippines, a Southeast Asian archipelago of more than 7,600 islands, is hit by about 20 tropical storms a year but a warmer Pacific Ocean will make storms more powerful and bring heavier rain. / Reuters
  • [New] China will have to ensure the security of its own national water resources but also develop an approach to supply the countries of Central Asia with blue gold to avoid a major economic crisis that could harm Chinese gas supplies and the development of the Belt and Road Initiative (BRI). / Modern Diplomacy
  • [New] Approximately four million people, including one million refugees are at immediate risk of losing access to safe water in Lebanon. / East Coast Daily English
  • Further action may be needed, as the European Union stated recently that for all vessels visiting ports or sailing within its waters, a tougher 55% reduction in carbon emissions, compared to 1990 levels, will be required by 2030. / Marsh
  • Today, North Atlantic right whales face a sea of danger as they migrate along one of the most industrialized areas of the ocean: the east coast of Canada and the United States. / International Fund for Animal Welfare
  • Focusing on additional water storage, water efficiency and reuse, and changes in agriculture practices will help Washington be more resilient and protect water for communities, farms, and fish. / Washington State Department of Ecology

Last updated: 31 July 2021