'Downward spiral': How the global freshwater crisis threatens to erode $58tr in economic value

Michael Holder
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Rivers, lakes, wetlands, and aquifers underpin around 60 per cent of global GDP, yet they are under severe strain from unsustainable agricultural and food production practices, new WWF report warns

The economic and societal benefits arising from the world's rivers, lakes, wetlands, and aquifers has been estimated at almost $58tr - around 60 per cent of global GDP - by a major new report from WWF,...

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