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Cities are sucking our countryside dry, scientists say

Tbilisi, GeorgiaThomson Reuters Foundation Expanding cities are sucking up ever more water, exacerbating the effect of climate change and threatening to create a “dusty and deserted” rural hinterland, scientists said on Thursday. An international team of researchers calculated that globally at least 16 billion cubic meters of water – almost the annual flow of the […]

Quick facts: Enough water to go round? Not without fairer sharing

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Barcelona, SpainThomson Reuters Foundation Water use has been increasing worldwide by about one per cent a year since the 1980s and researchers expect it to rise a further 20 to 30 per cent from today’s level by 2050. Demand has surged in developing countries and emerging economies, but water use per person in most of […]