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Posted Wed Sep 8 2010: from EnvironmentalResearchWeb:
The rise and rise of water shortage
Over the past 2000 years, population increase has been four times more significant than climate change in the rise of water shortage. That's according to researchers from Finland and The Netherlands, who have analysed population growth, climate data and water-resource availability.... "Water shortage increased extremely rapidly from 1960 onward, with the proportion of the global population living under chronic water shortage increasing from 9 percent, or 280 million people, in 1960 to 35 percent (2,300 million) in 2005." "The pace of growth of water scarcity - which according to our analysis is very rapid in many geographically large and highly populated regions of the planet - is striking," said Kummu.
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