November 25, 2002
Pacific Northwest National Laboratory
In the western United States, existing water resources already are stretched to their limits. There is little or no leeway for changes in current water allocations. But there is every reason to expect that climate change, such as that associated with greenhouse warming, could dramatically alter the availability of water in the West. In the most rigorous study to date of potential greenhouse impacts, leading scientists detail how major water problems could evolve over the next 50 years throughout the West as a result of climate change already underway.
"Water may be the resource that defines the limits of sustainable development," states a 2001 United Nations Population Fund report, which noted that water use has grown six-fold over the past 70 years.
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