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4 Billion People Lack Fresh Water

Four billion people — or two out of every three on the planet — do not have enough water to meet their basic needs. That is far greater than previously understood, according to a new study that presents a more accurate picture of the problem. Water scarcity is fueled by population growth, consumption habits and demands from agriculture. Its impact is evident on the landscape, said Arjen Hoekstra, a professor of water management at the University of Twente in the Netherlands and...

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