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Climate change threatens U.K. with fresh water shortage within 25 years – NBC News

LONDON — The U.K. may be known for its gray skies and near-constant drizzle, but the head of the island nation’s environment agency has warned it could run out of fresh water within 25 years.

“We won’t have long-term water security unless all of us change our behavior,” Chief Executive of the U.K. Environment Agency James Bevan said in a speech Tuesday at a conference in London.

Climate change and population growth will cause severe water shortages, and by 2050 dry summers could result in up to 80 percent less water in some of the country’s rivers, he said.

The country relies on fresh water from rivers, lakes, reservoirs and groundwater, and climate change makes this supply less reliable. Also, winter rainfall has increased in recent years while summers are becoming drier, posing a risk for both floods and droughts, according to a 2018 study by the agency.

Climate change threatens U.K. with fresh water shortage within 25 years – NBC News

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