Scientists had long suspected that humans were taxing the world’s underground water supply, but the NASA data was the first detailed assessment to demonstrate that major aquifers were indeed struggling to keep pace with demands from agriculture, growing populations, and industries such as mining.
Just how much do humans currently rely on these aquifers?
Underground aquifers supply 35 percent of the water used by humans worldwide. Demand is even greater in times of drought.
Now seems to be a good time to pay attention to what is happening to them.