Freshwater resources are diminishing. Poor management and global warming are the leading causes. Large-scale investment in access to water and sanitation and prevention of impacts such as droughts and floods must be mobilized. The benefits will be financial and human.
Awareness of the climate crisis has increased significantly, but less so than the willingness of people in the industrialized world to change their daily lives. The latest surveys show this. The case of water is an exception.
Another outbreak of violence in Sudan has triggered a new wave of refugees. Chad, which already hosts more than 400,000 Sudanese in 13 camps, is once again under pressure that is hard to absorb. The conflict sets off geopolitical alerts, but what about the humanitarian ones?
The IPCC forecasts continue to be fulfilled, and droughts are affecting regions where they were rare. The Mediterranean Basin, especially in its western area, is experiencing an exceptional lack of rainfall. A new climatic frontier is emerging there, and the solutions generated will be of utmost importance for future water management on Earth.
With more than 1.425 billion inhabitants, India is already the world's most populous nation. However, the country faces a promising future with enormous challenges. Achieving efficient agriculture that is resilient to the climate crisis is paramount. This goal will be completed by training rural communities to manage every drop of water, diversifying crops, and empowering farmers. Monsoon water harvesting and improved irrigation efficiency are two crucial strategies.
Healthy soil is the best tool for addressing the climate crisis and food insecurity. Regenerative agriculture and proper water management make it possible to reverse the alarming deterioration of agricultural land worldwide. It is a critical element in the fight against desertification and the empowerment of the most disadvantaged farmers.
On World Water Day, we collaborated with the magazine 5W and presented Agua, its eighth issue, a refreshing example of pragmatic realism. The well-narrated facts speak for themselves and raise collective awareness. The thoroughness, depth, and accuracy of the 18 reports on water characterize an enriching journalism that will help us to continue advancing on the difficult road ahead.
The IPCC's Sixth Assessment Report has been completed with the publication of its summary. It outlines the climate situation so compellingly that everyone can understand it. We are not on the right track to reduce climate change or adapt to its disastrous scenarios. Nevertheless, science is doing its best and concludes: the future is NOW.
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