Thirsty World


76-77: Thirsty World

Main graph of the rise in water use uses information from ‘Great Acceleration’, International Geosphere-Biosphere Programme, 2015. Accessed at

The water drop graphic is based on data in ‘Trends in global water use by sector’, Vital Water Graphics: An Overview of the State of the World’s Fresh and Marine Waters - 2nd Edition - 2008. United Nations Environment Programme/GRID-Arendal, 2008. Accessed at http://www.unep.org/dewa/vitalwater/article43.html

“Where water is used panel” based on ‘Water withdrawal and consumption: the big gap’, Vital Water Graphics: An Overview of the State of the World’s Fresh and Marine Waters - 2nd Edition - 2008. United Nations Environment Programme/GRID-Arendal, 2008. Accessed at


78-79: Freshwater Scarcity

Panel on countries with the highest freshwater use from ‘Total renewable freshwater supply by country (2013 update)’, World Water, 2013. Accessed at http://worldwater.org/wp-content/uploads/sites/22/2013/07/ww8-table1.pdf


82-83: Water Footprint

Main graphic is based on data from ‘National Water Footprint Accounts: The Green, Blue, and Grey Water Footprint of Production and Consumption’, M.M. Mekonnen and A.Y. Hoekstra, Value of Water Research Report Series No.50, UNESCO-IHE Institute for Water Education, May 2011. Accessed at http://waterfootprint.org/media/downloads/Report50-NationalWaterFootprints-Vol1.pdf

Chart of countries with the largest water footprints uses data from ‘Living Planet Report 2010’, Global Footprint Network, Zoological Society London, World Wildlife Fund, 2010. Accessed at http://www.footprintnetwok.org/press/LPR2010.pdf