World Economic Forum lists water as third global risk of highest concern in 2014

The World Economic Forum has ranked water crises as the third highest concern.

In Global Risks 2014, it suggest this illustrates a continued and growing awareness of the global water crisis as a result of mismanagement and increased competition for already scarce water resources from economic activity and population growth.

Coupled with extreme weather events such as floods and droughts, which appears sixth on the list, it says the potential impacts are real and happening today.