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Africa's water most precarious, Iceland best-study

Author: Alister Doyle, Reuters, Published on: 24 June 2010

African nations led by Somalia, Mauritania and Sudan have the most precarious water supplies in the world while Iceland has the best, according to a survey…that aims to alert companies to investment risks. The ranking, compiled by British-based risk consultancy Maplecroft, said climate change and a rising world population meant that stresses on supplies would be of increasing concern in coming decades for uses from farming to industry…The study said…Industry uses another 22 percent [of worldwide water consumption]…It said that companies including Anglo American, Rio Tinto, Bristol-Myers Squibb, Marks & Spencer, Coca-Cola or Devon Energy were among those seeking to reduce water use…

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