US Study Predicts Future Shortfalls in Lower Rio Grande

19 Dec 2013 by OOSKAnews Correspondent
WASHINGTON, DC, United States
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The Rio Grande River, which runs along the United States/Mexico border and supplies the region with most of its drinking and irrigation water, will not be able to supply enough water in the future to meet rising demand amid the impacts of climate change, according to a new study from the United States Bureau of Reclamation (USBR).The Lower Rio Grande Basin Study found that climate change will likely increase temperatures, decrease precipitation and increase evapo-transpiration in the region. This means an additional 107 million cubic meters of water per year need to be added to the previously predicted supply shortfall of 730 million cubic meters per year, for a total shortfall of 837 million cubic meters by 2060...

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