While the goal of decreasing the carbon footprint is of the utmost importance, the issue of water security is equally urgent. As the Earth becomes warmer, in areas like Syria, where the country is facing a drought more than a decade long, the Northeast Passage and Northern Sea Route, and the current water crisis being faced by the citizens of Cape Town, South Africa, it has become paramount that problem of water scarcity be addressed and acted on. This should be one of the top priorities of the upcoming COP24 meeting in Katowice December this year - write Mahan Charmshir and Joshua Dankosky in analysis "Water security".