<P>WATER Water Scarcity and Drought in the European Union Water is life, sustaining ecosystems and regulating our climate. But its a ? nite resource, and less than 1 of the worlds fresh water is accessible for direct human use. Europe needs to learn the value of one of its most precious yet scarce resources. Competition for water poses a growing risk to the economy, communities and the ecosystems they rely on. If climate change keeps raising average temperatures across Europe, water is expected to become even scarcer in many areas, so it is vital to ? nd solutions to protect this resource. Drought refers to a temporary decrease in water availability, for example, when it doesnt rain over a long period of time. Water scarcity, on the other hand, occurs when demand for water exceeds the available sustainable resources. This is something we must learn to prevent. An adequate supply of good-quality water is a pre-requisite for economic and social progress, so we need to do two things: we must learn to save water, and also to manage our available resources more e? ciently. EN August 2010 © www.usgcrp.gov © iStockphoto</p> <UL><LI><a href="http://www.stallionpublishers.com/publication/1577/ibbmbyhcp/1/Front-Cover/" >Front-Cover</a> <LI><a href="http://www.stallionpublishers.com/publication/1577/ibbmbyhcp/2/Inside-Front-Cover/" >Inside-Front-Cover</a> <LI><a href="http://www.stallionpublishers.com/publication/1577/ibbmbyhcp/3/Page-3/" >Page-3</a> <LI><a href="http://www.stallionpublishers.com/publication/1577/ibbmbyhcp/4/Back-Cover/" >Back-Cover</a> <LI><a href="http://www.stallionpublishers.com/publications/1577/x/sitemap.xml" target="_blank">site map</a> </UL>

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