The world’s waters are in trouble. Ocean acidification, depleting aquifers, dried up rivers and lakes, and toxic pollution are threatening the life-giving resource. Fish stocks are being depleted and agricultural land lost to expanding desertification. Some areas are plagued by droughts, others by floods. Poor water quality remains the largest cause of human health problems. Groundwater and surface water degradation and misuse will permanently affect ecosystems and human health; they are also a major obstacle to fostering education and eradicating poverty.
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