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23 April 2021
Vol 372, Issue 6540

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COVER A farmer overlooks a dry well in Madhya Pradesh, India. Wells provide billions of people with drinking water and supply 40% of the water used for global irrigation. Scientists have shown that millions of wells may run dry if groundwater levels decline by only a few meters. This research can inform policies designed to support sustainable groundwater use and protect wells from running dry. See pages 344 and 418.
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