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Data centers, backbone of the digital economy, face water scarcity and climate risk

Data centers have become integral to a global economy that's powered by digital information. However, many of the facilities depend on water to keep from overheating. That is further straining water resources in places like California, where Lake Oroville is almost dry due to severe drought that's being fueled by climate change. (Justin Sullivan/Getty Images)
Data centers have become integral to a global economy that's powered by digital information. However, many of the facilities depend on water to keep from overheating. That is further straining water resources in places like California, where Lake Oroville is almost dry due to severe drought that's being fueled by climate change. (Justin Sullivan/Getty Images)

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