The Earth’s largest aquifers – underground sources for muc of the world’s fresh water – are being rapidly depleted, new NASA satellite data has revealed. Twenty-one of the world’s 37 largest aquifers – from India and China to the United States and France – have passed their sustainability tipping points, meaning more water was removed than replaced during the decade-long study period, The Washington Post and other news organisations reported in June 2015. The findings were initially published in Water Resources Research.

The NASA data – acquired using the agency’s ...


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