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Dr. Andrew Steer: Water Risk to Business Is No Small Drip (Huffington Post Blog)
This article by Dr. Andrew Steer, president and CEO of the World Resources Institute, was originally published on February 1, 2013, on the Huffington Post. Read the excerpt below and click the link to see the complete post.
At the World Economic Forum in Davos last week, I was struck by how often the issue of water risk was raised by business executives. As the global economic turmoil is receding, many CEOs and global leaders are turning to other threats — and water is high on the list. For the second year in a row, water crises were named among the top four global risks at the WEF.
It’s easy to see why. More than 1.2 billion people already face water scarcity. By 2025, two-thirds of the world population will experience water stress. That’s largely due to population increase and climate change, but also behavior patterns: Water use grew twice as fast as population growth in the 20th century. The “food-water-energy nexus” was one of the top four megatrends to watch in the recently released Global Trends 2030 report by the U.S. National Intelligence Council.
Read the rest at the Huffington Post, http://www.huffingtonpost.com/dr-andrew-steer/water-risk-to-business-is_b_2583961.html, and access the entire Global Trends 2030 report at http://www.dni.gov/files/documents/GlobalTrends_2030.pdf.
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