Global water crisis looms, warns Fiji PM
Quoting Radio New Zealand – 30 March 2019
“Fiji's Prime Minister Frank Bainimarama says the lack of clean water will be responsible for health problems and conflicts around the world.
“Mr Bainimarama warns the world's climate is heading towards at least a three-degree warming, and global reductions in crop yields will bring malnutrition, disease and death.
“He called on the world's major economies to live up to their commitment of meeting the 1.5-degree target and boost public and private financing to 100 billion US dollars a year by 2020.
"As water resources dry out, we're going to see massive waves of migration out of what will become inhospitable regions in the world. Countries that share common water supplies will see their diplomatic relations tested. Conflicts will emerge."
"Not over ideological differences. But over the most basic resources such as water, and other fundamental building blocks for human development," Mr Bainimarama said.
Frank Bainimarama was at the UN meeting on inter-linkages between water and climate action in New York this week.
Mr Bainimarama said if current trends continued, climate-induced water stress would become more prevalent.
“He said rising sea levels and stronger cyclones would create more intense storm surges, washing salt water into freshwater aquifers; destroying vital water sources in island and coastal communities.”
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