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The World Wide Fund for Nature predicts that two-thirds of the global population could suffer from water shortages by 2025. Water on Earth – although it’s plentiful – it is not always potable or readily available where needed. As Scott Moore argues in a Foreign Affairs snapshot, water scarcity is less of a practical problem than a political and financial one. He implores wealthy states to enact appropriate policies and make the necessary investments to prevent water scarcity from becoming a threat to global security. If you’re concerned about world stability, getAbstract suggests adding this article to your reading pile.

In this summary, you will learn

  • Why water scarcity is a growing problem, worldwide;
  • How technical and policy solutions can help solve the global water crisis; and
  • Why water scarcity threatens international security.
 

About the Author

Scott Moore is a Senior Fellow at the Kleinman Center for Energy Policy at the University of Pennsylvania and the author of the forthcoming book Subnational Hydropolitics.

 

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Experts and scientists regularly rank water scarcity among the top global challenges. The distribution of fresh water varies wildly around the world. Climate change is affecting the natural water cycle by intensifying droughts and flooding. Meanwhile, heavy water pollution from agriculture and mining is further decreasing people’s access to clean drinking water. Too, the growing concentration of Earth’s population within urban centers finds nations struggling to divert sufficient quantities of water to both farms and cities: a problem which often leads to the depletion of aquifers and rivers.

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