A new study published by ‘Nature Communications’ revealed that in order to develop strategies to limit climate change, the potential effect on water quality must be taken into account through nutrient overloading. Conducted in WC by Anna Michalak & Eva Singh, it was found that putting in some particular efforts to reduce carbon emissions might aggravate the risk of impairments in water quality.
Anna & Eva have been investigating for several years, the impact of nitrogen runoff & the predicted changes in the patterns of rainfall caused by climate change could result in poor quality of water.
In this latest work, they found that the efforts to modify climate change, which relies greatly on biofuels could have an unexpected outcome of amassing the amount of nitrogen flowing in the U.S.
Anna Michalak specifically mentioned that: “It is entirely possible to fight climate change in ways that don’t have unintended consequences for water quality. We need an approach that takes multiple benefits into account in the planning process.”
Perhaps as expected, the majority of the effective scenarios that were considered in the research were dependent on conservation & sustainable growth. The two researchers discovered out that excess nitrogen had the strongest impact on the precipitation changes in the Northeast.
Worldwide, Asia was on a higher threat note of eutrophication because of the expected increases in the use of fertilizers & the projected precipitation increases. Singh added on to this: “Our findings show that it is crucial to consider the potential for water quality impairments when making societal choices about how land is used and developed, as well as about how we work to fight climate change. Access to clean water is essential for human survival, food and energy production, and a healthy ecosystem. Preserving our ability to access clean water must be a top priority.”