Water Scarcity and Inflexible Demand Puts World’s River Basins at Risk

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Recent research from the Yale School of Forestry and Environmental Studies has found that water scarcity and inflexible demand puts the world’s river basins at risk. According to an article written by the School of Forestry and Environmental Studies’ News,

Evaluating watersheds on six continents, they found numerous hot spots — places where a drought or heat wave could put a strain on reserves — as well as numerous chances to conserve resources through new technologies and better management practices.

According to the study, the top 10 percent of the most stressed river basins support about 19 percent of the world’s population, 19 percent of thermal electricity generation and one-third of irrigated agricultural production. In addition, the researchers discovered a significant increase in water stress for the worst-impacted regions over the 37-year study period.

For more information, read the Yale News article or the published paper.