About one-third of the world’s mightiest rivers including the Ganges, the Niger and the Colorado, have been drying up over the last 50 years due to change in climate.
This poses a threat with dangerous consequences for the most populous regions in West Africa, South Asia, China and the Western USA.
The city of Adelaide in Australia could run out of water within 2 years.
The number of people impacted by extreme weather events has doubled within 30 years and is likely to increase by a further 54% by 2015.
Date: 22 April 2009