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Climate change? Yes. But what about water crisis?

Peter Brabeck-Letmathe and Asit K. Biswas

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Business Economics | February 15, 2015

Over the past two decades, climate change has steadily climbed up the international political agenda. Promoted by Nobel Prize winners, environmental and climate scientists. non-govemment organizations, Hollywood stars and filmmakers, it has become a major global issue. Water issues, sadly, have not drawn such support.

In some regions, climate change may add to water stress, but the main concern is to increase global water shortage from overdraft. There is no question that climate change is important. However, it should be very clear that solving the issue of climate  change will not solve the problem of rapidly-increasing water  scarcity. In our view, over the near to medium-term efforts to  ensure the availability of adequate quantity of good-quality  water for all human uses have to be given greater impetus.  Furthermore, in contrast to climate change with numerous  uncertainties, we have the know-how to solve water problems,  including the knowledge, technology and investment funds that  are necessary. Yet, poor water management continues all over  the world and there are no signs that this situation is likely to  improve significant ly soon.

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