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Water-related conflicts set to rise amid demand growth and climate impacts

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Bogota, ColombiaThomson Reuters Foundation From Yemen to India, and parts of Central America to the African Sahel, about a quarter of the world’s people face extreme water shortages that are fueling conflict, social unrest and migration, water experts said on Wednesday. With the world’s population rising and climate change bringing more erratic rainfall, including severe droughts, competition […]

More deals, less conflict? Cross-border water planning key, report warns

Fishing in the Mekong

LondonThomson Reuters Foundation Efforts to share rivers, lakes and aquifers that cross national boundaries are falling short, raising a growing risk of conflict as global water supplies run low, researchers warned last week. Fewer than one in three of the world’s transboundary rivers and lake basins and just nine of the 350 aquifers that straddle […]

Poor people’s right to water cut off by thirsty exports, unequal supply

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Thomson Reuters Foundation Yogita has to fetch water up to six times a day – sometimes going out in the middle of the night – from a hand pump about half a kilometre from her house in India’s Madhya Pradesh state, leaving her baby son with a neighbour. In the summer, her husband cycles three […]