Where do you go when the chips are down? Why Taiwan's water supply matters to us all

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Where do you go when the chips are down? Why Taiwan’s water supply matters to us all

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Close up photograph of a silicon wafer
Individual chips are removed from a diced silicon wafer during semiconductor manufacturing. Credit: MACRO PHOTO / Getty Images

They call it ‘chipageddon’: the worldwide shortage of silicon chips prompted by the COVID pandemic and the fact that almost two-thirds are manufactured in Taiwan. What happens next?

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