John Briscoe

Southasia - - Symposium - Gor­don McKay Pro­fes­sor of the Prac­tice of En­vi­ron­men­tal Health, Har­vard School of Pub­lic Health

In South Asia ex­cess wa­ter is much more of a curse for de­vel­op­ment than scarcity of wa­ter is. So more is not nec­es­sar­ily bet­ter if it is dis­trib­uted un­evenly. You also see ground wa­ter in par­tic­u­lar be­ing a re­source on which the sub­con­ti­nent has sub­sisted on for the last thirty or forty years and is now heav­ily over­ex­ploited. And then on top of this we have the over­lay of cli­mate change.

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