Water shortages will be the key environmental challenge of the century according to NASA.
New data from NASA’s Grace satellite has revealed the extent of the problem.
In many cases, overuse of water is already causing problems: in northern and eastern India, the Middle East, California and Australia. A complete world view can be found here.
James Famiglietti, of the Nasa Jet Propulsion Laboratory, said “What we are witnessing is major hydrologic change. We see for the first time a very distinctive pattern of the wet land areas of the world getting wetter, in the high latitudes and the tropics, and the dry areas in between getting drier. Within the dry areas we see multiple hotspots resulting from groundwater depletion.”
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