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Climate Change Is Contaminating Water Sources with Human Waste

The global water crisis has become more dire now that climate change is threatening the drinkability of water, even that which comes from reliable sources.

New testing procedures have found that 1.8 billion people may be imbibing water contaminated by E.coli, which means there are traces of fecal matter in it, according to UNICEF. And this includes sources that have undergone improvements.

Climate change is believed to be one of the main contributors to such pollution due to its link to an increase in flooding. More flooding means more damage to water and sewage facilities, which spreads feces into water sources. The issue is of particular concern in areas where open defecation is prevalent.


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