Amazon Deforestation is Starving Sao Paulo of Water

SAO PAULO

São Paulo could face more devastating water shortages if farmers continue to clear the Amazon forest, warns the utility chief who recently steered the biggest city in the Americas from the edge of drought catastrophe. As one of the foremost authorities on water supply and hydropower in Brazil, Kelman’s comments are likely to reignite a debate –resisted by the country’s powerful agriculture lobby– about the link between the world’s biggest forest, climate change and a possible recurrence of the 2014-15 drought.

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