The UN secretary general Ban Ki-moon has warned that a world water shortage is on the horizon.
Speaking at the UN's International Day of Biological Diversity, Ban outlined that extreme weather events and changes to the environment are causing difficulties in the storage of natural water. The problem not only affects drinkable water supplies but also the supply of water used in energy generation and agriculture.
"We live in an increasingly water insecure world where demand often outstrips supply and where water quality often fails to meet minimum standards," he said. "Under current trends, future demands for water will not be met. Although seemingly abundant, only a tiny amount of the water on our planet is easily available as freshwater."
"Freshwater supply and water quality under pressure, warns UN secretary general on International Day of Biological Diversity."
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