Focus: Water risks in the private sector

Growing population and increasing demand for higher living standards have led to the overuse of water resources. More recently, the management of watersheds has been threatened by the impacts of climate change on the water cycle. In the face of these challenges, water companies and agribusinesses need to seek solutions. In this focus, Nature Climate Change presents four opinion pieces that discuss the risks and opportunities posed to private companies by water scarcity, highlight the steps some companies have already taken and, overall, the actions still required.

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