• Tue. May 28th, 2024

By 2050, nearly half of the global population may face a decrease in readily available groundwater sources.

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May 15, 2024

Groundwater extraction, which has been steadily increasing over the past few decades, is expected to reach its peak globally within the next thirty years. This unsustainable pumping of groundwater has led to a depletion of accessible stores, which could have significant impacts on agriculture and the food and water systems that support half of the world’s population.

Between 1960 and 2010, global groundwater extraction rose by over 50%, primarily for the purpose of irrigation to grow crops. Currently, approximately one-fifth of all food production relies on groundwater. However, much of this water is being extracted from aquifers at a rate faster than they can naturally recharge, resulting in declining water levels.

This trend of unsustainable groundwater pumping is a cause for concern as it puts a strain on agriculture and food production systems worldwide. If left unchecked, it could lead to water scarcity and a decrease in food production, affecting millions of people globally who rely on groundwater for their livelihoods. It is important for governments, organizations, and individuals to take action now to address this issue and ensure the sustainability of groundwater resources for future generations.

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