[Future / Now] — Water Becomes a Precious Asset
AI+News: stories written by journalists empowered by AI
People around the world are using more freshwater than ever. The United Nations indicate that “Water use has been growing globally at more than twice the rate of population increase in the last century, and an increasing number of regions are reaching the limit at which water services can be sustainably delivered, especially in arid regions’’.
70% of the world is covered in water, but only 3% is freshwater, water that is adequate for human consumption. The World Wide Fund for Nature reports that currently “some 1.1 billion people worldwide lack access to water, and a total of 2.7 billion find water scarce for at least one month of the year.” These numbers will only increase as infrastructure cannot keep up with the needs of people and industries, and climate change alters the dynamics of lakes and rivers while causing unexpected draughts in some places and excessive rains in others.
This story was written by a journalist empowered by AI.
The journalist is Giomar Silva (@G_SV), founder of Migrante21 (@Migrante21). Giomar has an extensive background as a reporter and editor in Peru and Washington, D.C. After covering stories about human rights, culture, technology and politics in Peru, he focused on immigrant and minorities issues as a web editor at Washington Hispanic, the largest Spanish-language newspaper in the D.C. area. His interest in these topics led him to found Migrante21, a bilingual website that aims to document the immigrant experience in America.
Minerva leverages news data collections available in the Web and uses Artificial Intelligence based on Machine Learning (AI/ML) to discover the multiple relations among global risks, a data-driven approach that is more appealing in terms of timeliness and efficient discovery of such relations than current methodologies based on opinion surveys.