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What the world can learn from China’s water crisis

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China’s problems with water shortages and pollution are daunting—though not unique.

Two-thirds of China’s cities have water shortages, more than 40 percent of its rivers are severely polluted, 80 percent of its lakes suffer from eutrophication—an overabundance of nutrients—and about 300 million rural residents lack access to safe drinking water.

“There is an inescapable complexity with water,” says Michigan State University researcher Jianguo “Jack” Liu.

“When you generate energy, you need water; when you produce food, you need water. However, to provide more water, more energy and more land are needed, thus creating more challenges for energy and food production, which in turn use more water and pollute more water.”

Full story at Futurity.

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