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Water is migrating, leaving millions of people living on scorched land

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23.06.2022

Analysis. The number of drought events has increased by 29% since 2000 compared to the previous two decades, and no country is immune. For 4 billion people, it’s an emergency.

written by Daniela Passeri

Topic Climate change

June 23, 2022

Thirty years after the signing of the U.N. Convention to Combat Desertification and Drought (UNCCD), 4 billion people in the world, nearly one in two, are experiencing extreme drought conditions for one month each year. The number of drought events has increased by 29% since 2000 compared to the previous two decades, and no country is immune.

From 1979 to 2019, drought-related deaths are estimated at 650,000, 90% of them in developing countries, while worldwide there will be 250 to 700 million people (according to World Bank and UNCCD estimates, respectively) who may have to migrate in search of water in 2030. Those suffering the greatest consequences of the lack of water are women and children who are unable to access satisfactory levels of nutrition and, as a result, of health and education. Economic losses from drought are not estimated by the UNCCD, which does, however, record an increase in such losses in recent decades.

The World Day to Combat Desertification and Drought was celebrated in Madrid on Friday – but the two phenomena, obscured in the media by war, COVID and interest rate spreads, are........

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