Drying-up growth

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The lack of clean water and basic sanitation that afflicts up to 40 per cent of the world’s population knocks at least $556bn (£317bn, €458bn) a year off the world’s potential economic growth, according to the World Health Organisation, equivalent to about 1 per cent of global gross domestic product.

Via the Financial Times. Meanwhile the NY Times reports on the noticeable hostility towards private management of water resources in Mexico City as the World Water Forum winds to an end.

Update: See 'Water for Growth and Development' by David Grey and Claudia Sadoff.

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