A study published by the World Resources Institute (WRI) states that 20 percent of the world’s countries will suffer from acute water shortage by the year 2040.
The WRI came to that conclusion after tracking population levels, climate change and rainfall patterns, ranking all countries in order of potential severity.
Unsurprisingly, the arid Middle East was found to be the region most at risk of a water crisis, accounting for 14 of the top 33 most vulnerable countries. A Vice report stated:
“The region, already arguably the least water-secure in the world, draws heavily upon groundwater and desalinated seawater, and faces exceptional water-related challenges for the foreseeable future.”
Australia, Indonesia, the Philippines, Mongolia, Namibia, South Africa, Botswana, Peru, Chile are flagged as being at ‘high risk’, while heavily-populated countries like the United States, China and India are likely to experience shortages.
Basically, one in five (20%) countries will run out of clean drinking water by 2040 in one way or another. If you’re from any of these countries, now couldn’t be a better time to act.