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Cindy Gordon of Forbes reports that AI server cooling consumes significant amounts of water, with data centers using cooling towers and air mechanisms to dissipate heat, using up to 9 liters of water to evaporate per kWh of energy used. Gordon writes:

Water covers 70% of the Earth, and it is our most essential and important ingredient to survive—for all living things. However, freshwater—what we need to drink and irrigate our farms—is only 3% of the world’s water, and over two-thirds of that is tucked away in frozen glaciers and unavailable for consumption.

Up to 90% of some organisms’ body weight comes from water. Did you know that 60% of an adult human body is water? It’s nearly 80% of a baby’s body.

Each day, we must consume water to survive. An adult male needs about 3 liters (3.2 quarts) per day while an adult female needs about 2.2 liters (2.3 quarts) per day. […]

In closing, Antonio Guterres, UN Secretary General said at the UN Water Conference that “Water is a human right and the common development denominator to shape a better future. But water is in deep trouble.”

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