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The desalination process gives us freshwater – at a huge environmental cost

Desalination plants dump brine into natural bodies of water, which is harmful to sea life. Image: Unsplash/Julia Goralski

Kori Williams
Writer, GreenMatters
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In 2018 there were almost 16,000 desalination plants around the world.
In 2018 there were almost 16,000 desalination plants around the world. Image: REUTERS/Mike Blake
Desalination removes salt from saltwater and converts it to freshwater, but the process has some negative environmental impacts.
Desalination removes salt from saltwater and converts it to freshwater, but the process has some negative environmental impacts. Image: Unsplash/Sense Atelier.
A view shows a desalination plant with the ocean behind it.
Sharks expel excess salt from their bodies through a specific gland. Image: REUTERS

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