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Salt water has contaminated the drinking water in the Dacope district, a coastal region of Bangladesh. The increase in salinity, linked to rising sea levels associated with climate change, threatens the health of many people, particularly women and babies.

To deal with the problem, Bangladeshi and UK scientists are moving on two fronts. First, they are collecting more evidence on the links between climate change and water quality, and the resulting health impact. This kind of data might help promote policies that address climate change’s long-term consequences. Second, they are testing effective, safe and affordable measures to provide healthy water to coastal communities.