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Climate Change

Our Earth is becoming a warmer place. It is also very likely that heavy precipitation events will become more frequent, but this is not true everywhere, and decreases in precipitation are likely in most subtropical land regions. Many sources of freshwater could be lost to rising temperatures, such as the permanent alpine glaciers on which so many communities depend.

The effects of climate change are expected to vary widely in different geographic locales. Already-arid areas may be hit hardest, making water even more scarce where supplies are most inadequate.

Even those in humid climes near the world’s coastlines may feel a climate crunch affecting their water supplies. Rising sea levels threaten to swamp coastal groundwater aquifers with brackish water—making them unfit for human consumption.

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