Water Footprint of Production and Consumptive Use of Humanity

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Article courtesy of Arjen Y. Hoekstra, and Mesfin M. Mekonnen | June 20, 2011| PNAS | Shared as educational material

This study maps and quantifies the water footprint. It reports on consumptive use of rainwater, groundwater, and surface water. The study estimates water footprints for each nation from both a productions and consumption viewpoint. The main determining factors for water footprint are the consumption pattern and water footprint per ton of product; agricultural production accounts for 92%. Water consumption, pollution, and reliance connect nations around the world. Read more here: http://www.pnas.org/content/109/9/3232.long

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