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Water (The Future of Sustainability)  

Berkshire Encyclopedia of Sustainability

Although water covers the majority of the planet’s surface, less than 2.5 percent is freshwater, most of which is frozen in glaciers or ice caps or occurs as groundwater, which can be difficult to access. Water scarcity has been a growing concern as populations rise and resources dwindle; available freshwater is vulnerable to overuse and contamination. Because many bodies of water cross boundaries, sustainable management of freshwater resources will be impossible without national and international transboundary water management systems. The Millennium Development Goals set targets for addressing such issues, but as of2012some of those targets are not on track to be met by2015. ...

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