Greece ranks 26th globally in water scarcity issues

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Greece ranks 26th globally in water scarcity issuesOne-quarter of the Earth’s entire population, live in just seventeen countries which are facing serious water shortages

Almost 1.8 billion people, or one-quarter of the Earth’s entire population, live in just seventeen countries which are facing serious water shortages – a problem which is expected to only worsen in the near future, according to greekreporter.com.

Of those seventeen nations, which use almost 80% of their available surface and groundwater in an average year, twelve are in the Middle East and North Africa.

Qatar has the dubious distinction of coming in first place in water shortage issues, with Lebanon and Israel following close behind, based on the Aqueduct Water Risk Atlas report, which was presented by the Water Resources Institute in Washington yesterday.

The nations of Iran, Jordan, Libya, Kuwait, Saudi Arabia, Eritrea, UAE, San Marino, Bahrain, India, Pakistan, Oman, Turkmenistan, and Botswana made up the rest of the top 17 countries where water shortages present ongoing problems.

Qatar, which faces the most significant issues with water availability, depends heavily on expensive seawater desalination systems to supply drinking water to its public and industries.

The Middle East and North Africa are home to twelve of the most stressed countries concerning water scarcity, while India, which is in thirteenth place on the list, has more than three times the population of the other 16 countries in its category  — combined.

The countries facing the most serious water scarcity issues, according to the new report. Source: World Resources Institute’s Aqueduct Water Risk Atlas

 

The Situation in Europe

Surprisingly, water is increasingly becoming an issue on the continent of Europe as well. According to the World Resources Institute data, seven EU countries are already suffering from water scarcity, including Spain, Italy and Belgium, while Greece is in 26th place in the world, according to a joint study carried out last year by the Joint Research Center (JRC).

The JRC is the European Commission’s science and public interest service, in which scientists conduct research to provide scientific advice and support for EU policies.

Greece is expected to experience intense water shortages in the future, according to their prognostications.

Experts point out that European citizens themselves will not be deprived of drinking water in the near future, but the effects of water scarcity will be evident in forests and agricultural crops, as well as in industry and many other sectors.

According to the JRC, high population density, climatic stressors, water scarcity, and power imbalances are the principal factors which push countries towards either political tensions — or cooperation — especially in areas which share trans-boundary river basins.

Climate change can help worsen already-existing problems, something the World Bank also cited in its most recent report.

If water-management policies do not change, and the climate models developed by the international scientific community prove to be precise, then “water scarcity will spread to areas that are not currently in trouble and will worsen significantly in places where water is already inadequate,” according to the World Bank report.

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