17 Feb '12, 12am

'Globally, agriculture accounts for 92% of all freshwater use' + other water use data

Arjen Hoekstra and Mesfin Mekonnen/PNAS Early Edition Humankind’s average annual water footprint from 1996 to 2005. With the world’s freshwater supplies under mounting pressure from pollution and galloping consumption, understanding the how, where and why of water use is more important than ever. To that end, scientists from the University of Twente in the Netherlands have released a new study analyzing the quantity and distribution of global water use from 1996 to 2005. The study, published in the Proceedings of the National Academies of Science , is the third major research effort to tackle the daunting question of global water consumption patterns, and it has improved on previous attempts by breaking down the different ways in which people use water. Those can broadly be thought of as the volume of rainwater consumed, the volume of ground and surface water depleted and ...

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