Pay more attention to forests to avert global water crisis, researchers urge

Riparian vegetation and landscape in Mongolia, a country where freshwater resources are scarce. © Alexander Buck.Riparian vegetation and landscape in Mongolia, a country where freshwater resources are scarce. © Alexander Buck.According to a new report, the growing human population and climate change are exacerbating a looming global water crisis that has already hit home in places like Australia’s Murray Darling basin — but the crisis could potentially be averted if humans paid more attention to the links between forests and water.

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