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Precipitation patterns are expected to change as the Earth's climate changes in response to global warming. Over the coming decades, many already dry areas are expected to become even drier as rainfall decreases.
As available water resources diminish, the water needs of energy production will come into increasing conflict with other water demands, such as agriculture and clean drinking supplies.
The Energy and Water in a Warming World Initiative is a collaborative effort between UCS and a team of independent experts to complete and synthesize policy-relevant research on the water demands of energy production in the context of climate variability and change—and provide guidance on making smart energy choices in the future.