The best of EcoWatch, right in your inbox. Sign up for our email newsletter!
India Suffers 'Worst Water Crisis in Its History'
India is facing its "worst-ever" water crisis, according to a report from a government think tank issued last week.
Around 200,000 Indians die each year due to lack of water access, the report finds, and demand will be twice as much as supply by 2030.
"Part of [the crisis] is because of the rising temperature, and the changing rainfall patterns that come with the changing climate," Mridula Ramesh, founder of the Sundaram Climate Institute, told Al Jazeera.
"Part of it is because of unwise choices we have made in managing our waste and water."
As reported by the Thomson Reuters Foundation:
"About 200,000 Indians die every year due to inadequate access to safe water and 600 million face high to extreme water stress, the National Institute for Transforming India (NITI) Aayog said on Thursday, citing data by independent agencies.
'Critical groundwater resources that account for 40 percent of India's water supply are being depleted at unsustainable rates,' the report said, calling for an immediate push towards sustainable management of water resources.
'India is suffering from the worst water crisis in its history and millions of lives and livelihoods are under threat,' it said."
For a deeper dive:
- Heat wave in India worsens water shortages | News | Al Jazeera ›
- 'Day zero' water crises: Spain, Morocco, India and Iraq at risk as ... ›
- Deadly Tensions Rise as India's Water Supply Runs Dangerously Low ›
EcoWatch Daily Newsletter
It's Prime Day! The day when thousands of increasingly absurd items are discounted so deeply that you suddenly need items you never knew existed. Yes, I do need a hotdog shaped toaster next to me while I watch this Fast & Furious seven movie box set! And I need it in my house today!
By Jerome Goddard
When it comes to problems caused by ticks, Lyme disease hogs a lot of the limelight. But various tick species carry and transmit a collection of other pathogens, some of which cause serious, even fatal, conditions.
By Julia Conley
Heeding the call of grassroots campaigners, several wealthy philanthropists announced Friday a new fund that will raise money for climate action groups around the world.