If freshwater is to remain a renewable resource, we must balance supply and demand on farms, in cities, in industry and in power production.
When you look to the year ahead, what do you see? Ensia recently invited eight global thought leaders to share their thoughts. In this interview with Ensia contributor Lisa Palmer, World Resources Institute Global Water Program director Betsy Otto responds to three questions: What will be the biggest challenge to address or opportunity to grasp in your field in 2017? Why? And what should we be doing about it now?
We continue to overspend our budget when it comes to freshwater resources globally. No country is immune; this is not just a challenge for arid regions.