Over 1,000 experts call for global action on 'depleting' groundwater In a statement, the group noted that groundwater represents 99 per ...

Over 1,000 experts call for global action on 'depleting' groundwater In a statement, the group noted that groundwater represents 99 per cent of the Earth's freshwater. In many regions, groundwater is increasingly depleted or polluted, hampering socio-economic development and threatening water and food supplies and ecosystems. Nearly 1,100 scientists, practitioners and experts in groundwater and related fields from 92 countries have called on the governments and nongovernmental agencies to "act now" to ensure global groundwater sustainability. In a statement, the group noted that groundwater represents 99 per cent of the Earth's freshwater. This makes 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 (SDGs). "Unfortunately, in many regions, groundwater is increasingly depleted or polluted, hampering socio-economic development and threatening water and food supplies and ecosystems," according to the statement. By PTI in New Delhi