(Western Journalism) A key water source for the world has been significantly depleted over the last decade, according to new data.
The Washington Post reported that 21 of the world's 37 largest underground aquifers have passed their sustainability tipping points. Researchers pointed to satellite data from NASA, which has been tracking the aquifers for the last ten years. Two separate studies documenting this phenomenon were published in the Water Resources Research journal.
"The situation is quite critical," Jay Famiglietti, senior water scientist of NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory in California and principal investigator of the University of California Irvine-led studies, told The Post. Underground aquifers supply water for 35 percent of the world's population. One staggering figure is in California, which is tapping into 60 percent of its aquifers, up from its usual 40 percent. Some scientists speculate the Golden State aquifers could run dry by the end of the year.
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