New Haven Register (New Haven, CT)

Report warns of water crisis amid climate change


Much of the world is unprepared for the floods, hurricanes and droughts expected to worsen with climate change and urgently needs better warning systems to avert water-related disasters, according to a report by the United Nations’ weather agency.

Global water management is “fragmented and inadequate,” the report published Tuesday found, with nearly 60 percent of 101 countries surveyed needing improved forecastin­g systems that can help prevent devastatio­n from severe weather.

As population­s grow, the number of people with inadequate access to water is also expected to rise to more than 5 billion by 2050, up from 3.6 billion in 2018, the report said.

Among the actions recommende­d by the report were better warning systems for flood- and drought-prone areas that can identify, for example, when a river is expected to swell.

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