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Water Abuse and Climate Change

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Type: Working Paper
Author: Barlow, Maude
Date: 2010
Agency: On the Commons
URI: https://hdl.handle.net/10535/6022
Sector: Global Commons
Water Resource & Irrigation
Subject(s): climate change
water management
Abstract: "It is widely acknowledged that greenhouse gas emission-fuelled climate change is having a profound and negative impact on fresh water systems around the world. Warmer weather causes more rapid evaporation of lakes and rivers, reduced snow and ice cover on open water systems, and melting glaciers. What is less understood is that our collective abuse and displacement of fresh water is also a serious cause of climate change and global warming. If we are to successfully address climate change, it is time to include an analysis of how our abuse of water is an additional factor in the creation of global warming as well as solutions that protect water and watersheds."

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