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Groundwater is the drinking water source for more than 2 billion people

Groundwater is the drinking water source for more than 2 billion people

Groundwater, the invisible water beneath our feet, represents 99% of Earth's liquid freshwater, making it critical for supplying drinking water, ensuring food security, adapting to climate variability, supporting biodiversity, sustaining surface water bodies and meeting the UN's Sustainable Development Goals. 

Groundwater is the drinking water source for more than 2 billion people, and provides more than 40% of the water for irrigated agriculture worldwide. Its use has impacted environmentally critical streamflow in more than 15% of streams globally, and could impact the majority of streams by 2050.

Around 1.7 billion people live above aquifers, geologic formations that provide groundwater, that are stressed by overuse. Poor groundwater quality disproportionately...


UN chief: "World on the verge of climate ‘abyss’, as temperature rise continues".

The Earth’s temperature continues to rise unabated, with 2020 being one of the three warmest years on record, as extreme weather events combine with the COVID-19 pandemic, impacting millions. 

According to the World Meteorological Organization’s (WMO) flagship State of the Global Climate report, the global average temperature in 2020 was about 1.2-degree...


Our individual behaviours impact the earth, the ocean, and every person who lives on this planet

We all have a responsibility to change our behaviors, and we all can. Ultimately, our homes and families are essential starting points for protecting the earth and the ocean.

A decade to restore Nature

Over the course of the next ten years, the EU Commission promises to plant 3 billion trees for 30% of Europe’s territory – and the same proportion of its seas to become protected areas with much stricter regulations on the protection and restoration of forests. 

World Meteorological Day 2021 - The ocean, our climate and weather

The World Meteorological Day theme - The ocean, our climate and weather – celebrates WMO’s focus in connecting the ocean, climate and weather within the Earth System. It also  marks the starting year of the United Nations Decade of Ocean Science for Sustainable Development (2021-2030).