Water stress: demand for water already exceeds the amount of water available, 783 million people do not have access to clean drinking water.
Drought: loss of vegetation creates hotspots that heat up the air. Due to drought and desertification each year 12 million ha of arable land are lost.
Floods: loss of vegetation leaves vulnerable, dry and bare land that cannot retain water. Flooding and erosion destroy crops and infrastructure.
Migration: the land can no longer sustain the people living on it. People have to leave in search for a better life. Water scarcity could displace up to 700 million people.
Food scarcity: as a result of more frequent droughts, floodings and soil degradation food becomes scarce, while demand is expected to increase by 50% in 2030.
Loss of biodiversity: ecosystems fail and 27,000 species disappear on a yearly basis.
Conflict: lack of natural resources results in political instability. Conflicts arise over water and food.
Climate change: lost vegetation no longer cools the atmosphere nor does it capture carbon, 2015 is Earth’s warmest year on record.