The importance of water continues to make headlines, highlighted by Lake Mead—the largest reservoir in the United States—recently measuring at its lowest level ever at only 28% full. Meanwhile, France’s nuclear reactors can’t run at full capacity during an energy crisis because of high temperatures in river water.
Water is critically important to the global economy. Ample clean water is vital for human health, industry, agriculture, and energy production. Yet, the world’s water systems face formidable threats due to unsustainable management and climate change. According to the World Resources Institute (WRI), as many as 3.5 billion people could experience water scarcity by 2025, while demand is projected to grow by up to 30% by 2050.
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