“…(N)ew study shows that dams and irrigation considerably raise the global human consumption of freshwater by increasing evapotranspiration. This effect increases the loss of freshwater to the atmosphere and thereby reduces the water available for humans, societies and ecosystems on land.”*
*F. Jaramillo, G. Destouni. Local flow regulation and irrigation raise global human water consumption and footprint. Science, 2015; 350 (6265): 1248 DOI: 10.1126/science.aad1010
Source: Stockholm University. (2015, December 4). Global human freshwater footprint surges. ScienceDaily.
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