Hotter year could threaten freshwater reserves, crops and cattle

Experts say climate change will reduce availability and increase demand

29 December 2023 - 00:00

Water consumption — and scarcity — are likely to increase next year with the hotter and drier conditions expected over much of the country. “South Africa is already using 98% of its available water,” says Caroline Gelderblom, manager of water source partnerships at WWF South Africa. ( ..

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