Droughts and floods have pushed the nation’s leaky, polluted, and half-done water systems to the brink, writes James Temple.
A dire situation: More than 600 million Indians face “acute water shortages.” 70% of the country’s water supply is contaminated, causing an estimated 200,000 deaths a year. Almost half of the population will have no access to drinking water by 2030.
The cause: India gets more water than it needs, but capturing and delivering it to the right places at the right times is a huge engineering challenge. Agriculture, which uses 80% of the water, is hugely inefficient. It’s a problem that will only worsen with climate change.
What’s needed: India will need to totally overhaul how it uses water, while tackling the overlapping developmental, environmental, and economic challenges. Read the full story here.
Read more from our recent issue here:
- Inside Australia’s plan to survive bigger, badder bushfires.
- Get ready for tens of millions of climate refugees.
- India’s surging economy could doom climate efforts—unless richer nations step up.