New Report Looks at Global Water Crisis Death Toll
76 Million Could Perish From Water-Related Disease by 2020
Over 76 million people will perish
from water-related disease by 2020 unless urgent action is taken,
according to a new report released today by the Pacific Institute
of Oakland, California. The report finds that water-related diseases
could claim more lives than the global AIDS pandemic by 2020 unless
major changes are made.
The report, "Dirty Water: Estimated Deaths from Water-Related
Diseases 2000-2020," looks at three different scenarios and
concludes that even if we achieve the United Nations Millennium
Goals, which aim to cut the proportion of people without clean
drinking water by half, 34 to 76 million people could perish over
the next twenty years.
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