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Urban water scarcity set to double by 2050

Girl drinking water from a hand water pump
The UN’s Water Conference highlighted that water demand in urban areas is expected to rise by 80 per cent by 2050. (Photo: Arif Ali/Getty Images)

It was World Water Day on March 22, and the series of reports published to mark the occasion are relevant both to policymakers and to businesses and investors, with one in particular calling for the phasing out of $700bn worth of agricultural subsidies.

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