Corn-Producing States Face High Water-Shortage Risk

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Washington, DC, New York City, Los Angeles and San Diego are among the cities most at risk for drought-induced water shortages, according to a report from the Columbia University Water Center, in conjunction with Veolia Water and Growing Blue, a collaboration of NGOs, water companies and industry groups.
Joining the metro areas on the list are the “breadbasket regions” of Nebraska, Illinois and Minnesota, which produce almost 40 percent of the nation’s corn, the report says. And while industry only accounts for 18 percent of direct water use, industrial supply chains may have more water risk because of climate change, the study says.

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