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The intrinsic link between climate change & the water crisis

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🗞️ Driving the news: By early 2025, almost half of the world's population could face water scarcity, escalating to potential displacement of 700 million by 2030, with 1 in 4 children in high water stress areas
• This is driven by climate change, which disrupts rainfall, increases evaporation, and melts glaciers, intensifying water stress globally

🔭 The context: There has been a global lag in meeting climate targets, with over half of the world's GDP exposed to risks from nature loss
• This has given rise to the need to consider both nature and water in sustainability efforts

🌍 Why it matters for the planet: Addressing the water crisis is vital, given its intrinsic link to climate change and potential displacement of millions
• Failure to take decisive action could exacerbate humanitarian challenges, impact economic activities, and intensify environmental risks

⏭️ What's next: There is a need for urgent action, emphasizing the role of technology, inclusion of water in climate strategies, and collaborative efforts
• The Water Resilience Coalition is one mechanism through which joint initiatives addressing water and climate challenges can be organized

💬 One quote: "Water equals climate – we know this. Water, therefore, has to be part of the strategy," (Emilio Tenuta, founder of Ecolab) 

📈 One stat: Over half of the world's GDP – US$44tn of economic value generation – is moderately or highly dependent on nature and its services and, as a result, exposed to risks from nature loss

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