380 million people could face 'water stress' by 2050, climate experts warn

A damaged wooden boat is pictured as a man fishes at Tambaklorok village, which has been affected by rising sea level and land subsidence, in Semarang, Central Java province, Indonesia, November 26, 2019. Picture taken November 26, 2019. REUTERS/Willy Kurniawan - RC22MD9OKEEF

Depending on the state of climate change, over 390 million people could be exposed to 'water stress; by 2050. Image: REUTERS/Willy Kurniawan

Daisy Dunne
Science Writer, Carbon Brief
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The US’s midwest region could also see moderate water stress by 2050, Image: Munia et al. (2020)
The percentage changes in local water consumption (top) and availability (bottom) in 2050 when compared to 2010
How water stress may look in 2050 Image: Munia et al. (2020)
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