Yet another sign that our most precious resource and major symptom of worldwide poverty--water, continues to be more and more scarce. The rate at which humans worldwide are pumping dry the vast underground stores of water that billions depend on has more than doubled over the past few decades. This is according to a study, entitled, "A Worldwide View of Groundwater Depletion" that is soon to be released by Utrecht University, located in Utrecht, Netherlands. As Water for Humans continues its mission to bring clean, safe drinking water to under-served populations worldwide, we want to let you know the extent of the challenges we all face, including the perilously scarce resource water is becoming.
Groundwater Depletion Rate Accelerating Worldwide
You can read more about this forthcoming study in the press release AGU just issued. Here is an excerpt:
In recent decades, the rate at which humans worldwide are pumping dry the vast underground stores of water that billions depend on has more than doubled, say scientists who have conducted an unusual, global assessment of groundwater use.
These fast-shrinking subterranean reservoirs are essential to daily life and agriculture in many regions, while also sustaining streams, wetlands, and ecosystems and resisting land subsidence and salt water intrusion into fresh water supplies.
Today, people are drawing so much water from below that they are adding enough of it to the oceans (mainly by evaporation, then precipitation) to account for about 25 percent of the annual sea level rise across the planet, the researchers find.
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