Groundwater crisis could hit India as climate changes

Managing underground water storage will be crucial for coping with future hydro-climatic change in India, according to Tushaar Shah of the International Water Management Institute in Colombo. Depleted aquifers mean higher greenhouse gas emissions as groundwater is pumped and less water available during periods of drought. Traditionally India has relied on surface storage and gravity flow to water crops but in recent years it has come to depend heavily on groundwater to irrigate crops and to cope with dry spells.

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