Climate Change May Stunt Ability Of Ultraviolet Light To Disinfect Lakes & Coastal Waters, Exacerbating Drinking Water Scarcity

Climate Change May Stunt Ability Of Ultraviolet Light To Disinfect Lakes & Coastal Waters, Exacerbating Drinking Water Scarcity

Climate change, through the impacts of increasingly extreme rainfall events and melting permafrost on the organic matter content of various bodies of water, may lead to a stunting of the ability of the sun’s ultraviolet light to disinfect the world’s lakes and coastal waters, according to a new study published in Scientific Reports . To explain, as the organic matter content of water rises, so does the inability of the sun’s light to penetrate very deeply into the body of water in question — which means that more and more of the pathogenic microbes washed into the world’s lakes […]