Study: Climate Change Could Drain Access to Water

A water faucet is seen in the now closed Camp X-Ray which was the first detention facility to hold 'enemy combatants' at the U.S. Naval Station on June 27, 2013 in Guantanamo Bay, Cuba.The U.S. Naval Station at Guantanamo Bay, houses the American detention center for 'enemy combatants'. President Barack Obama has recently spoken again about closing the prison which has been used to hold prisoners from the invasion of Afghanistan and the war on terror since early 2002.
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Ben Geman
Dec. 17, 2013, 1:39 a.m.

A new study finds that cli­mate change could jeop­ard­ize ac­cess to wa­ter for mil­lions of people in places where scarcity is already a prob­lem, ac­cord­ing to U.S. News & World Re­port.

“The study, pub­lished Monday in a spe­cial is­sue of the journ­al Pro­ceed­ings of the Na­tion­al Academy of Sci­ences, found that wa­ter re­sources will be af­fected by changes in rain­fall and evap­or­a­tion due to cli­mate change, put­ting 40 per­cent more people at risk of ab­so­lute wa­ter scarcity,” their story states.

Slate, mean­while, re­ports on re­search that re­futes claims that glob­al warm­ing has paused.

A new study shows that the tem­per­at­ures over the past 15 years are still on the rise. The prob­lem, say the au­thors, is that the glob­al sur­face tem­per­at­ures have been based on in­com­plete data, with some re­gions left out (most not­ably over Africa, the Arc­tic, and Ant­arc­tica),” the on­line magazine re­ports.

“The most north­erly lat­it­udes have been warm­ing faster on av­er­age than oth­er spots on Earth since the late 1990s, so if you leave them out you see a some­what cool­er glob­al av­er­age than you should,” their piece adds.

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