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    Water scarcity is seen as the most significant and potentially
    most impactful component of the wider climate crisis, and
    researchers say that large Asian economies like India and China
    will be the most affected from these water shortages.

    Asia is an industrialization hub that is experiencing the most
    rapid rates of urbanization, and this would require a copious
    amount of water, Arunabha Ghosh, the CEO of the Council on
    Energy, Environment and Water, told CNBC on the sidelines of
    Singapore’s annual Ecosperity Week last Tuesday.

    “It’s not just the old industries like steel making, but newer
    ones like manufacturing semiconductor chips and the transition
    to clean energy that are going to require a lot of water,” Ghosh
    said. “Asia is the growth engine of the world, and these
    industries are new drivers for its economic growth.”

    Global fresh water demand is expected to outstrip supply by 40%
    to 50% by 2030. Ghosh warned that water scarcity must not be
    viewed as a sectoral issue, but one that “transcends the entire

    Asian economies “must understand that it is a regional common
    good and it is in their own interest to mitigate the risks that
    come their way in order to prevent the economic shocks that
    severe water scarcity will impose,” he said.

    India, now the world’s most populous nation, will be the hardest
    hit from water scarcity. Despite holding 18% of the world’s
    population, it only has enough water resources for 4% of its
    people, hence making it the world’s most water-stressed country,
    the World Bank said.

    The South Asian nation relies tremendously on its monsoon season
    to meet its water demands, but climate change has caused more
    floods and droughts to hit the country, and has exacerbated its
    water shortage.

    China is in the same rocky boat
    According to independent think tank the Lowy Institute,
    approximately 80% to 90% of China’s groundwater is unfit for
    consumption, while half of its aquifers are too polluted to be
    used for industry and farming. Fifty-percent of its river water
    is also unfit for drinking, and half of that is not safe for
    agriculture as well.

    Although the world’s second-largest economy has made progress in
    its transition toward clean energy, its power system remains
    largely dependent on coal. And if there is no water, there will
    be no coal.

    “Water is an essential input for the generation of coal power
    plants, and if water becomes scarcer or is not available for
    power generation, that plant becomes ineffective,” Ghosh

    Other developing countries in the region are in similar
    situations, but their water crises could be harder to solve.
    Countries like the Philippines are not as privileged and
    resilient, so there’s a “huge imbalance in the water crisis that
    we’re facing,” Shanshan Wang, a Singapore water business leader
    at sustainability consultancy Arup, said.

    https://www.cnbc.com/2023/06/13/water-scarcity-china-and-india- look-the-most-threatened-from-shortages.html

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