Study: Global threats to human water security and river biodiversity

Reuters – “Threats to human water security and biological diversity are pandemic,” Charles Vorosmarty of the City University of New York, co-lead author of the report in the journal Nature, told Reuters. The international team of scientists estimated that almost 80 percent of the world’s population — or about 5 billion people — lived in areas with high levels of threat to water security, caused mainly by river mismanagement and pollution. “Rivers in Crisis,” Nature said on its front cover. A map (view here) showed high levels of threat, in red, for much of the United States including the Mississippi basin, along with almost all of Europe, India, including the Ganges basin, and eastern China with the Yangtze River were also shown in red.

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