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Water politics must adapt to a warming world

Published On: 10/2/2014

Changes are needed to address water shortages across the globe

 
Many regions throughout the world have experienced severe drought in recent years (includeing the southwestern United States). In a recent article in Nature, Moshe Alamaro describes efforts to increase rainfall, decrease evaporation, and reduce residential water use. He argues that these efforts are insufficient to solve water shortages – better solutions require changes in technology, policy and legislation. Accordingly, the way that water is “valued” needs to be addressed and water markets need to be upgraded. As climate change continues, the water sector could follow the lead of the telecommunications and electricity industries and adopt drastic new regulations. 

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