By Ars Technic staff writerSeptember 22, 2018 12:25:47After the 2016 Paris climate agreement, the United States has taken a leadership role in cleaning up the world’s oceans.
Now, in 2018, the world has finally begun to take advantage of the U.S. Clean Water Act, which lets residents get a little more than a quart of clean water each month.
But the Clean Water act isn’t without its challenges.
One of the most troubling is the lack of reliable data on how much water the U,S.
and other countries get from the oceans.
The U.N. says there are over 6 billion metric tons of water in the world—and that’s only the surface.
In fact, a recent report from the Pew Research Center found that only 13 percent of all water in human history was actually in the ocean.
To address this, a group of researchers at the University of California-Davis has developed a method to track ocean water use.
Their work, published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, suggests that if all the world was to use the same amount of water, the average U.K. citizen would use more than four times the amount of freshwater that the average American uses.
The researchers have found that people around the world are using far more freshwater than they should, on average, and that it’s particularly acute in the tropics, where people tend to have lower incomes.
They also found that there are some regions where people are using more water than they could even possibly get from a good rain shower.
“This paper presents the first global dataset of the freshwater consumption of individuals and households in the tropical region and finds that this consumption is higher in the U and the U+1 [in Latin America] than in any other region of the world,” the study’s authors write.
“The study provides evidence for an urgent need for international action to reduce water scarcity.”