The world is struggling to move away from the coronavirus pandemic, but the troubles for humanity do not end вЂ” in the coming years, we will face a new threat
While are talking about a possible new epidemic in India, the UN said that a new pandemic on our planet in the coming years may be a drought. This situation is especially accelerated by the activity of humanity.
This was stated by the Special Representative of the UN Secretary-General for Disaster Risk Reduction Mami Mizutori, reports The Guardian.
According to her, people have lived in a drought for 5,000 years, but what is being observed now is a completely different level of threat, mostly due to human activity.
вЂњThe drought is about to become the next pandemic, and there is no vaccine to treat it. In the next few years, most of the world will live in conditions of water scarcity. Demand will exceed supply in certain periods. Drought is a major factor in land degradation and declining yields of major agricultural crops, вЂњ Mami Mizutori said.
Changing patterns of precipitation due to climate disruption is a key factor in drought, but the UN also notes that inefficient use of water resources and land degradation in conditions of intensive agriculture and inefficient farming practices play a role. In addition, deforestation, excessive use of fertilizers and pesticides, overgrazing, and excessive water abstraction for agriculture are also serious problems.