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World Water Day: Drought and extreme heat leave millions from Morocco to India struggling for water

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🗞️ Driving the news: On World Water Day, stories emerge from around the globe showcasing the dire water shortages faced by millions, from Morocco to India 
• These shortages are attributed to a combination of climate change-induced erratic rainfall, extreme heat, drought, and decades of poor water management and extractive policies

🔭 The context: The United Nations estimates that 2.2 billion people lack access to safely managed drinking water, as the planet warms at an unprecedented rate 
• This situation is exacerbated by inefficient water use and infrastructure challenges in various countries, leading to severe disparities in water access and quality

🌍 Why it matters for the planet: Freshwater scarcity not only affects human health and livelihoods but also leads to environmental degradation
• Overuse and pollution of water sources impact ecosystems, biodiversity, and the ability of the environment to support life 
• Addressing these issues is crucial for sustainable development and climate resilience

⏭️ What's next: Efforts to mitigate water scarcity involve improving water management practices, investing in sustainable infrastructure, and addressing climate change head-on 
• International cooperation and local initiatives play pivotal roles in ensuring equitable access to water and preserving this critical resource for future generations

💬 One quote: "We used to think these rocks were worthless, but now we see their benefits," says Joyce Mule from Makueni County, Kenya, highlighting the innovative use of rock catchment systems for water collection

📈 One stat: The UN estimates around 2.2 billion people worldwide don't have access to safely managed drinking water, underlining the global scale of the water crisis.

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