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What to do when we run out of water

Climate change, alongside numerous other pressures, is having unprecedented effects on water resources both globally and locally. Retailers need to implement a range of adaptation measures to ensure the sustainability of supply chains.

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Kelly, P. What to do when we run out of water. Nature Clim Change 4, 314–316 (2014). https://doi.org/10.1038/nclimate2211

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