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As we enter the ninth year since the adoption of the UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) in 2015, the pressing need to meet these ambitious objectives becomes ever more evident.

The authors analyse global patterns of green water fluxes (key for sustaining crops) and blue water fluxes (water that sustains aquatic ecosystems). They show that green fluxes are beginning to dominate, elevating blue water vulnerability.
The authors explore the impacts of the virtual water trade (i.e. water used in the production of agricultural products). The authors find that increasing trade of agricultural products could lead to significant water savings.
The authors introduce a new method for wastewater management. OCTOPUS merges individual treatment plants into one, leading to significant cost savings.

The Lancet Global Health, Volume 11, September 2023

This Comment article supports SDG 3, 6, and 16 by referencing the damage to crucial water and sanitation infrastructure due to the armed conflict in Sudan, thus increasing the likelihood of diarrhoeal disease.
This Comment article supports SDG 3, 6, and 16 by highlighting the structural and commercial determinants of water crises and their effects on health, and calls for international cooperation and solidarity to address power asymmetry, inequalities, and unaffordable access to water, putting human rights at the core of the water agenda.

Manzoor Qadir, Christopher A. Scott, Trade-offs of wastewater irrigation, Editor(s): Michael J. Goss, Margaret Oliver, Encyclopedia of Soils in the Environment (Second Edition), Academic Press, 2023, Pages 277-287, ISBN 9780323951333,

This chapter aligns with Goal 11 and 6 by analysing the use of wastewater for irrigation, balancing positive outcomes and trade-offs. There is a large variation between developed and developing countries as well as among countries within different economic groups regarding safe management of wastewater.
This study supports SDGs 3 and 6 by showing that areas with better access to drinking water and sanitation had a lower abundance of antibiotic resistance genes, suggesting that increasing access to water and sanitation could effectively reduce the spread of antibiotic resistance in low-income and middle-income countries
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