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李天舒|Water scarcity and fish imperilment driven by beef production 发布时间: 2020-02-11   浏览次数: 10

李天舒的合作论文Water scarcity and fish imperilment driven by beef production已被国际期刊Nature Sustainability正式接受发表。

摘要:Human consumption of fresh water is now approaching or surpassing the rate at which water sources are being naturally replenished in many regions, creating water shortage risks for people and ecosystems. Assessing the impact of human water uses and their connection to water scarcity and ecological damage across the US, we identify primary causes of river dewatering and explore ways to ameliorate them. We find irrigation of cattle-feed crops to be the greatest consumer of river water in the Western US, implicating beef and dairy consumption as the leading driver of water shortages and fish imperilment in the region. We assess opportunities for alleviating water scarcity by reducing cattle-feed production, finding that temporary, rotational fallowing of irrigated feed crops can markedly reduce water shortage risks and improve ecological sustainability. Long-term water security and river ecosystem health will ultimately require Americans to consume less beef that depends on irrigated feed crops.

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