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Grayson_Lynn_COLORBy E. Lynn Grayson

 

The National Resources Defense Council (NRDC) has joined other environmental organizations, government authorities and industry groups in confirming that climate change factors will result in serious water shortages in the United States. In a report released July 20, 2010 titled Evaluating Sustainability of Projected Water Demands Under Future Climate Change Scenarios, the NRDC concludes that "impacts of climate change will greatly increase the number of areas where renewable water supply will be lower than withdrawal, therefore increasing the number of areas vulnerable to future water shortages." Click here for report.

According to the report, performed by the environmental consulting firm, Tetra Tech, for the NRDC, over 1,100 U.S. counties will see greater risks of water shortages due to the effects of climate change and 400 of these counties will face extremely high risks of water shortages. Fourteen states are highlighted as being the most at risk: Arizona; Arkansas; California; Colorado; Florida; Idaho; Kansas; Mississippi; Montana; Nebraska; Nevada; New Mexico; Alabama; and, Texas.

According to the NRDC, the only way to truly manage the risks exposed by this report is for Congress to pass meaningful legislation that cuts global warming pollution and allows the U.S. to exercise global leadership on this issue.