Clean Energy Goes Hand in Hand with Water: Goldman Sachs Strategist

As emerging economies such as China and India go from being among the largest emitters of carbon dioxide to some of the largest investors in renewable energy, those countries must also face the problems associated with having relatively little clean water.

Abby Joseph Cohen, an economist and senior investment strategist at Goldman Sachs Group, pointed out in a recent presentation that when discussions take place regarding a “new, cleaner future,” observers should factor in issues related to the scarcity of clean water in some countries. For instance, China and India, the two most populous nations on the planet, are significantly lacking in clean water. In certain provinces in China, said Cohen during her remarks at a Carbon Disclosure Project event in New York City, 80 percent of available water is too dirty for human or agricultural use, while 50 percent is too dirty even for industrial purposes.

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