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Climate change will mean more rain for some—and none for others

We need to figure out who gets floods and who gets drought.
dry lake bed

Desiccated lake bed from the Turfan Basin of far western China. This lake has dried up completely within the past decade or so as the planet has warmed and precipitation has shifted away from this region.

Aaron E. Putnam

“When the well's dry, we know the worth of water,” Benjamin Franklin wrote in a 1746 edition of "Poor Richard’s Almanac". Although his intention was allegorical—the 18th century equivalent of “we don’t know what we’ve got ‘till it’s gone"—two centuries of questionable water management from the Dust Bowl to the recent California drought would transform his metaphor into a truism. Water is life, after all, and according to a recent study in the journal Science

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