The dependency of energy production on water availability means that, given a forecast increase in energy production of 50% by 2040, we are going to need a heck of a lot of water. Water to meet this demand can be taken from people who are already using it for other purposes, it can be taken at the expense of the environment or, perhaps, we might need to figure out how to limit the growth in energy demand. Growing, climate-change-driven, uncertainties in water availability will make for some very hard choices in the years ahead.

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