Global Water Risk Atlas Reveals Top Water-Stressed Countries and States

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The World Resources Institute’s (WRI) updated Aqueduct Water Risk Atlas finds that 17 countries, which are home to a quarter of the world’s population, face “extremely high” water stress.

The Aqueduct Water Risk Atlas ranks water stress, drought risk, and riverine flood risk across 189 countries and their sub-national regions, like states and provinces. It was used by more than 50,000 people in 2018. The same year, more than 300 companies used the tool to disclose water risks to CDP.

In the 17 countries facing extremely high-water stress, agriculture, industry, and municipalities are drinking up 80 per cent of available surface and groundwater in an average year. When demand rivals supply, even small dry shocks, which are set to increase due to climate change, can produce dire consequences.

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