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Global fresh water demand will outstrip supply by 40% by 2030, say experts

By Fiona Harvey

17 Mar 2023 · 4 min read

Editor's Note

A landmark report has been published on the eve of a critical UN water summit. The Guardian’s environment editor, Fiona Harvey, makes her analysis of the findings with seven calls to action on water.

The world is facing an imminent water crisis, with demand expected to outstrip the supply of fresh water by 40% by the end of this decade, experts have said on the eve of a crucial UN water summit.

Governments must urgently stop subsidising the extraction and overuse of water through misdirected agricultural subsidies, and industries from mining to manufacturing must be made to overhaul their wasteful practices, according to a landmark report on the economics of water.

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