Warming, compounded by less frequent precipitation, will worsen droughts and threaten our imported and local water sources.
The science and why it matters:
“Our history is written in water, not ink. Our future prosperity depends upon a stable and secure water supply, which is increasingly imperiled from climate change and growing demand. In coming years, we will need to take much more aggressive action to expand water conservation, recycling and storage.”
Charlie Kennel, PhD
Professor and Director Emeritus, Scripps Institution of Oceanography, UC San Diego, and Former Director, Mission to Planet Earth, NASA
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