As much as half of the world’s water supply is being stolen, report finds

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Source: weforum.org: https://www.weforum.org/agenda/2020/09/global-water-theft-report-agriculture

Agriculture is leading illegal water extraction across the world. Image: Henning Bagger/Ritzau Scanpix/via REUTERS

Agriculture is leading illegal water extraction across the world. Image: Henning Bagger/Ritzau Scanpix/via REUTERS

via Douglas Broom at weforum.org

  • Global water supplies are under stress from rising populations.
  • Agriculture is mainly to blame for illegal water abstraction.
  • Climate change is adding to the number of water crises across the globe.

As much as half the world’s water supply is being stolen, with agriculture responsible for much of that, according to a new study.

Writing in the journal Nature Sustainability, an international team of researchers says thieves steal between 30% and 50% of the planet’s water supply every year. Overhauling legal and political frameworks could protect precious water supplies, they say.

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