Friday, August 26, 2011

1 Billion People Globally Without Safe Water

Report: a fraction invested of the world’s GDP could drastically improve drinking water access
By Associated Press, Updated: Friday, August 26

STOCKHOLM — Investing as little as 0.16 percent of the world’s gross domestic product — or $198 billion per year — could give half a billion people regular access to safe drinking water within four years, a U.N. official said Friday.
That would halve the number of people who risk serious illness and death on a daily basis, the United Nations Environment Program said.
The findings are presented in the U.N.’s Green Economy report, which also warns that if the global community continues to ignore water services investments, demand for water risks outstripping supply by 40 percent before 2030.
UNEP spokesman Nick Nuttall said the world total of people without access to safe drinking water currently totals around 1 billion people....
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