One of climate change’s biggest impacts is on water systems.
Unreliable water can impact both corporate bottom lines and jeopardize natural security, as two recent reports point out.
Climate-change drying out Western US, as snows melt ------------>
[Photo Credit: Greg Pederson, 2009, © Science/AAAS]
Climate change is changing precipitation patterns and intensity, increasing the incidence of droughts, floods, and erosion. These changes are making water supply and quality more difficult to obtain, affecting runoff and soil moisture, increasing water temperatures, decreasing snowpack and lake and river ice, threatening fish and aquatic species, and allowing saltwater intrusion and sea level rise. These changes are difficult to plan for, as past water patterns can no longer be used to predict the future. Read more;