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The world’s essential aquifers are in deep trouble

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🗞️ Driving the news: A new study in Nature reveals that 71% of the world's 1,700 aquifer systems are experiencing a decline in groundwater levels, with over two-thirds dropping by 0.1 meters annually
Accelerated depletion is particularly pronounced in dry, agriculture-intensive regions

🔭 The context: Aquifers, underground layers holding water, are crucial for human and agricultural use
They're replenishing more slowly due to less rainfall and increased extraction, especially in arid areas affected by climate change

🌍 Why it matters for the planet: This trend threatens global water security, impacting both human populations and ecosystems
Over-extraction can lead to land subsidence and reduced river flows, disrupting natural habitats and increasing risks in coastal areas

⏭️ What's next: The study emphasizes the need for sustainable water management practices. Solutions like aquifer recharge, urban infrastructure for rainwater absorption, and water recycling programs are being explored to mitigate the impacts and ensure future water availability

💬 One quote: "Rapid groundwater declines are unfortunately widespread globally, especially in dry places where croplands are extensive," (Scott Jasechko, co-lead author of the study)

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