Global water scarcity predicted to rise by 40%

Global water scarcity already on the rise may be amplified by up to 40 per cent due to climate change.

Research carried out by the German-based Potsdam Institute for Climate Impact Research has found significantly more people throughout the world will struggle to find the water needed for the basics of life as the planet warms.

Modelling for the study suggested the spread of water scarcity could be intensified by 40 per cent across the planet as a result of global warming, and in some scenarios could be more than 100 per cent.

- Sydney Morning Herald, December 18, 2013