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Vital groundwater being depleted faster than ever

Wednesday 5 Apr 17 10:00am

Vast quantities of groundwater are used in Pakistan to irrigate crops such as rice | Abbrar Cheema

By ALEX KIRBY | China, the world’s most populous country, doubled within just 10 years its use of irreplaceable groundwater from underground reservoirs that are replenished more slowly than they are drained.

And in the same decade, 2000 to 2010, global use of this non-renewable water resource for irrigation increased by a quarter, according to a new study published in Nature journal.

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