By Tim D’SouzaThe U.S. drought that began in mid-December and has killed more than 1 million people and left a vast swath of farmland in ruins has forced many Americans to wonder what can be done to restore water to the economy and to avert a return to the kind of drought that occurred in the 1970s and ’80s.
The drought has forced more than 70 million Americans to take a month-long hiatus from consuming or using water, according to the latest figures from the U.N. Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change.
That’s the equivalent of having a month of water consumption in a month and a day of consumption in an entire year.
In the U-S., water consumption dropped from 4.3 billion gallons per day in 2013 to 3.8 billion gallons in 2016.
The number of Americans who have experienced water rationing has jumped by 60 percent since January.
In 2016, nearly 14 million people in the U and other countries were on water ration in some form, according the U.-S.
Department of Agriculture.
The problem is not limited to the U., though.
In Canada, as in the rest of the developed world, the water crisis is affecting rural communities in particular, as well as those who depend on water from a number of sources including rivers, lakes, streams and groundwater.
Water is becoming a precious commodity, with some countries and states spending up to $1,000 per person per day to keep water flowing.
The U.K. spent $3.6 billion on water conservation in 2016, according a report by the UK’s National Audit Office.
The world’s population is projected to double by the middle of the century, according an international report by a nonprofit research group called the Millennium Project.
It predicts the population will reach 1.2 billion by 2060, a staggering increase of 3.6 percent over the world’s current population of 9.3 million.
The World Water Foundation predicts that by 2050, a quarter of the world will be using less water than it currently does.
The situation is especially dire in Africa, where the average life expectancy is only 67 years, the Millennium report said.
The continent has about 2.5 billion people and about half of the planet’s water is wasted, it said.
Water-intensive agriculture is also a major contributor to water shortages.
In Africa, some farmers use about 1.5 million metric tons of water each day, according Oxfam.In the U