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Can we address climate change without sacrificing water quality?

Surface Water Sustainability


A new study has found that some efforts at reducing carbon emissions could actually increase the risk of water quality impairments,. So, strategies for limiting climate change must take into account their potential impact on water quality through nutrient overload.

Perspectives and insights

  • Asia would be at the greatest risk of eutrophication due to projected increases in fertilizer use and anticipated precipitation increases.
  • Climate change mitigation efforts that rely heavily on biofuels could increasethe amount of nitrogen entering waterways, causing water quality problems.