But it’s the most abundant substance on the planet.
The Financial Times reports:
Chinese officials have issued a stark warning over growing water shortages, saying the situation is worsening every day and that more than two-thirds of cities have a water shortage.
The world’s second-largest economy, is struggling to deal with the costs of the immense environmental degradation that has accompanied economic growth. Worsening water shortages and water pollution pose a growing threat to economic and social development, Hu Siyi, vice-minister of water resources, told a press conference on Thursday.
“The constraints of our available water resources become more apparent day by day,” said Mr Hu. “The situation is extremely serious in many areas. With overdevelopment, water use has already surpassed what our natural resources can bear…