Desalination: option for a thirsty world?


Making drinking water out of sea water could lead to the destruction of prized coastal areas, according to a new global report by WWF.

dingoThe growing trend in some of the world’s driest countries, like Australia, to build desalination plants as a solution to water shortages, comes under scrutiny in the report released in June.

Potential environmental impacts – like a build up of brine, increased greenhouse gas emissions, degradation of coastal areas, and reduced emphasis on conservation of rivers and wetlands – are identified by WWF as major problems resulting from desalination plants.

To read the full report, click here and you will be taken to the World Wildlife Fund ‘s web site. 

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