The world is facing a water crisis. If that sounds alarmist, consider a few statistics. The global per capita water supply has fallen by 56% since 1962, with 57% of aquifers having passed the tipping point. By 2025, 1.8 billion people are expected to be living in regions with absolute water scarcity and two-thirds of the world’s population will be living under water-stress conditions.
Population growth is obviously a factor in this, but water shortages are also being aggravated by many other forces, from climate change to urbanisation. And even where there is plentiful water, it is becoming increasingly polluted. Cumulatively, this is forecast to lead to a deficit of at least 40% between the availability of and demand for fresh water in the next 10 years.
Yet, as Aanand Venkatramanan explains in this episode, we need not despair if we act now. Clean water is one of the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals, and should attract investment of up to $23 trillion over the next 10-20 years. Aanand describes some of the most promising technologies that will help us meet this challenge, and sets out the opportunities they create for investors.
• Aanand Venkatramanan, Head of ETF Investment Strategies
• Robert StGeorge, Content Manager
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