The Global Water Crisis Will Shake Humanity To Its Core [Charts]

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You don’t hear much about the water crisis in the United States. Water is still cheap here and our borders contain a relatively large freshwater supply.But in some places the crisis is in flames.

1.6 billion people live in regions with absolute water scarcity and by 2025 two-thirds of the world’s population could be living under water stressed conditions. And it’s just getting worse.

Late energy analyst Matthew Simmons warned this was scarier than peak oil: “As global population grows, water usage has to rise for sanitation, food production and modern energy creation. It is unclear whether this can happen.”

The following slides contain alarming charts and maps. You can also check out guides from from Citi and Jefferies on how to invest in water scarcity.

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title=”Americans use the most water per person. Guess what happens when the rest of the world becomes equally “developed.””
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title=””A shortage of water resources could spell increased conflicts in the future. Population growth will make the problem worse. So will climate change. As the global economy grows, so will its thirst. Many more conflicts lie just over the horizon.” — Ban Ki-moon”
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title=”Peak water = peak food”
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