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Minimizing trade-offs for sustainable irrigation

A more comprehensive understanding of the role of irrigation in coupled natural–human systems is needed to minimize the negative consequences for climate, ecosystems and public health.

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Fig. 1: Environmental and public health trade-offs of modern irrigation.

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McDermid, S.S., Mahmood, R., Hayes, M.J. et al. Minimizing trade-offs for sustainable irrigation. Nat. Geosci. 14, 706–709 (2021). https://doi.org/10.1038/s41561-021-00830-0

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