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Global Water Supply Shrinking

Global Water Supply Shrinking

Climate change will drive our water supplies to shrink due to drying soils and generate intense rain. A study warned drought-like conditions will be normal soon. Data from 43,000 rainfall stations and 5,300 river monitoring sites in 160 countries were relied on for the study.

Rivers drying faster as they are now drier and soak up more rain and less water flows Less water into our rivers means less water for cities and farms. Drier soils means farmers need more water to grow the same crops.

Worse, this pattern is repeated all over the world. For every 100 raindrops that fall on land, only 36 drops are 'blue water'- rainfall entering lakes, rivers and aquifers. This is all the water extracted for human needs. The remaining two thirds of rainfall is mostly retained as soil moisture.